AUSTIN (CBS Houston) — Though many Americans still find comfort in calling a small town home, experts say more and more people are moving to large cities and nearby areas.

“Big cities continue to grow considerably faster than in the previous decade and earlier,” according to a recent Brookings Institute analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data, as reported by WalletHub.

And clearly with the dozens of large cities splattered across the United States, knowing which one is best for you can be a difficult assessment. Amid growing urban population and city appeal, experts at WalletHub evaluated over 60 cities. The findings compared all cities in the U.S. with a population of more than 300,000 people across livability, education, health, and local economy and taxes, eventually basing the data on 31 key metrics.

The top ten best cities are as follows:

1. Austin, Texas
2. Raleigh, North Carolina
3. Colorado Springs, Colorado
4. San Jose, California
5. Seattle, Washington
6. San Diego, California
7. Denver, Colorado
8. (Tied) San Francisco, California
8. (Tied) Lexington, Kentucky
10. Virginia Beach, Virginia

Austin got the number 1 spot ranking seventh in livability, second in education, 21st in health, and second in local economy and taxes.

The 10 cities with the worst rankings are as follows:

53. Fresno, California
54. Tulsa, Oklahoma
55. (Tied) Milwaukee, Wisconsin
55. (Tied) St. Louis, Missouri
57. Wichita, Kansas
58. Indianapolis, Indiana
59. Cleveland, Ohio
60. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
61. Memphis, Tennessee
62. Detroit, Michigan

Researchers also ranked cities based on varying activities and aspects. For example, Seattle ranked highest for best job market while Virginia Beach had the highest household income adjusted by cost of living.

The full results, as well as commentary and methodology, can be found here.


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