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The Top 12 Cities In The United States With The Highest Quality Of Life

If you’re looking for for a better quality of life. You may want to consider moving to one of these 12 cities in the United States as ranked by the personal finance website NerdWallet.

Madison has been crowned the most liveable city in the United States with the highest quality of life and achieved a perfect score in health benefit, income, work-life balance, and local economy.

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Wisconsin’s capital city Madison, topped the list as the most liveable city in the United States, Lincoln (Nebraska) with placing second, followed by Minneapolis (Minnesota) ranking third, St. Paul (Minnesota) ranking fourth, and Omaha (Nebraska) ranking fifth.

The list documenting the quality of life in the 100 largest U.S. cities were ranked, using a combination of statistics, by average income, affordability and health benefits, local economy and work-life balance.

The ranking, which provides scores for lifestyle challenges in 100 cities in the United States, used a combination of metrics from the United States Census Bureau and Bureau of Labor Statistics to determine the levels of common sources of stress.

The top 12 cities with the highest quality of life in the United States:
Madison-Wisconsin
1. Madison, Wisconsin

  • Overall Quality of Life Score: 86.28
  • Mean travel time to work (minutes): 19
  • Mean weekly hours worked: 35.4
  • Unemployment rate: 4.30%
  • Percent of people with income below poverty level: 19.60
  • Percent of population with health insurance coverage: 92.90%
  • Median annual rent as percentage of median income: 23.08%

2. Lincoln, Nebraska

  • Overall Quality of Life Score: 83.61
  • Mean travel time to work (minutes): 17.9
  • Mean weekly hours worked: 37.6
  • Unemployment rate: 3.30%
  • Percent of people with income below poverty level: 14.60%
  • Percent of population with health insurance coverage: 88%
  • Median annual rent as percentage of median income: 20.55%

3. Minneapolis, Minnesota

  • Overall Quality of Life Score: 76.08
  • Mean travel time to work (minutes): 22.7
  • Mean weekly hours worked: 36.6
  • Unemployment rate: 4.5%
  • Percent of people with income below poverty level:  22.70%
  • Percent of population with health insurance coverage: 87.80%
  • Median annual rent as percentage of median income:  21.60%

St. Paul, Minnesota
4. St. Paul, Minnesota

  • Overall Quality of Life Score: 75.86
  • Mean travel time to work (minutes): 22.6
  • Mean weekly hours worked: 36.7
  • Unemployment rate: 4.50%
  • Percent of people with income below poverty level: 22.40%
  • Percent of population with health insurance coverage: 88.60%
  • Median annual rent as percentage of median income: 22.87%

5. Omaha, Nebraska

  • Overall Quality of Life Score: 75.76
  • Mean travel time to work (minutes): 18.2
  • Mean weekly hours worked: 38
  • Unemployment rate: 4.10%
  • Percent of people with income below poverty level: 18.10%
  • Percent of population with health insurance coverage: 85.30%
  • Median annual rent as percentage of median income:  23.94%

6. Buffalo, New York

  • Overall Quality of Life Score: 73.58
  • Mean travel time to work (minutes): 20.9
  • Mean weekly hours worked: 35.9
  • Unemployment rate: 6%
  • Percent of people with income below poverty level: 30.90%
  • Percent of population with health insurance coverage: 90.80%
  • Median annual rent as percentage of median income: 21.93%

7. Lexington, Kentucky

  • Overall Quality of Life Score: 73.57
  • Mean travel time to work (minutes): 19.1
  • Mean weekly hours worked: 37.6
  • Unemployment rate: 6.40%
  • Percent of people with income below poverty level: 17.70%
  • Percent of population with health insurance coverage: 87.30%
  • Median annual rent as percentage of median income: 20.98%

8. Lubbock, Texas

  • Overall Quality of Life Score: 73.07
  • Mean travel time to work (minutes): 15.5
  • Mean weekly hours worked: 37.1
  • Unemployment rate: 4.5%
  • Percent of people with income below poverty level: 24.70%
  • Percent of population with health insurance coverage: 82%
  • Median annual rent as percentage of median income: 27.26%

9. Fort Wayne, Indiana

  • Overall Quality of Life Score: 72.80
  • Mean travel time to work (minutes): 19.9
  • Mean weekly hours worked: 37.5
  • Unemployment rate: 5.60%
  • Percent of people with income below poverty level: 19.20%
  • Percent of population with health insurance coverage: 82.60%
  • Median annual rent as percentage of median income: 19%

Fremont, California
10. Fremont, California

  • Overall Quality of Life Score: 72.66
  • Mean travel time to work (minutes): 30.4
  • Mean weekly hours worked: 37.7
  • Unemployment rate: 5.20%
  • Percent of people with income below poverty level: 6.70%
  • Percent of population with health insurance coverage: 90.80%
  • Median annual rent as percentage of median income: 26.67%

11. Toledo, Ohio

  • Overall Quality of Life Score: 72.44
  • Mean travel time to work (minutes): 19.4
  • Mean weekly hours worked: 36.2
  • Unemployment rate: 6.00%
  • Percent of people with income below poverty level: 30.10%
  • Percent of population with health insurance coverage: 85.90%
  • Median annual rent as percentage of median income: 19.76%

12. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Overall Quality of Life Score: 72.34
  • Mean travel time to work (minutes): 23.2
  • Mean weekly hours worked: 37.5
  • Unemployment rate: 5.50%
  • Percent of people with income below poverty level: 21.10%
  • Percent of population with health insurance coverage: 90.20%
  • Median annual rent as percentage of median income: 22.59%

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