Northwest Arkansas slips three spots on magazine’s list of best places to live

Northwest Arkansas is still in the top 10 of US News & World Report’s list of the best places to live in the United States in 2022-2023, but the area has fallen from fourth to seventh place.

The new list ranks the 150 most populous metropolitan areas in the country. To make it to the top of the list, a place had to have good value for money, be a good place to live, have a strong job market and a high quality of life.

“Fayetteville’s affordability, labor market, population growth due to net migration and other details are all strong and place Fayetteville at No. 7. However, its fall to No. 7 from No. 4 the last year is really about individual data points, like top 10 places offer a lot of what people are looking for when considering relocating,” US News real estate editor Devon Thosby said in response. to why the Northwest Arkansas Metro dropped three spots.

“In the Quality of Living Index, Fayetteville ranks 112th for well-being, which is down slightly from the previous year, which measures the general happiness of residents relative to where they live, based on the welfare of the Sharecare Community Index,” Thosby said.

Sharecare’s Community Wellbeing Index assesses health risk in 10 domains: five domains to represent individual health risk and another five to understand the underlying social circumstances in which individuals are born, live, work and play, according to their website.

The Sharecare Community Wellbeing Index was developed in partnership with the Boston University School of Public Health and is updated annually for metropolitan areas nationwide. The index is based on responses to over 3 million surveys and over 600 social determinants of health.

Overall, the top-ranked metros have commonalities that include high percentages of individuals who indicate they have enough money to do what they want; high percentages of individuals who indicate that their city is the ideal place for them; lower levels of depression risk; and lower levels of chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart attacks than the lowest-ranked metros, according to Sharecare.

Arkansas ranks 49th out of 50 states for well-being, according to the latest results available.

The area has been in the top 10 best places to live, according to the magazine, since 2016.

“Northwest Arkansas’ continued recognition as one of the best places to live in the United States is a testament to decades of collaborative efforts to improve the region’s economy and quality of life,” said Nelson Peacock, president and CEO of the Northwest Arkansas Council, a group of business leaders and citizens.

“As the region continues to grow, we must develop and attract talent to create the jobs of tomorrow while managing the challenges associated with population growth, including housing affordability, increasing congestion and ensuring that all are welcome and included.”

Huntsville, Alabama toppled Boulder, Colorado, falling three positions to grab the No. 1 ranking, dropping from third position last year due to its strong housing affordability and high quality of life, although its desirability score is on the lower side of the 150 ranked places.

Three new cities joined the top five: Colorado Springs, Colorado, rose four positions to second place; Green Bay, Wis., jumped 18 places to No. 3; and San Jose, Calif., catapulted 31 spots to No. 5.

The rest of the top 10 included No. 6 Raleigh & Durham, North Carolina, No. 8 Portland, Maine, No. 9 Sarasota, Florida and No. 10 San Francisco.

Austin, Texas dropped out of the top 10.

Little Rock comes in at No. 87 on this year’s list, and Tulsa is at No. 82. Wichita, Kan., is at No. 103 and Springfield, Mo., is at No. 104.

“Much of the reshuffling we’re seeing at the top of this year’s rankings is the result of shifting preferences,” Thosby said in a press release. “People moving across the country today place more emphasis on affordability and quality of life than the job market, which in many ways takes a back seat as remote work options have become more common.”

This year, US News added air quality as a factor in its Quality of Life Index, as Americans increasingly consider environmental factors before making a major move.

US News has determined the best places to live 2022-2023 based on a methodology that considers labor market, value, quality of life, desirability and net migration rates. They were determined in part through a public survey of thousands of individuals across the United States about what qualities they consider important in a place to live. The methodology also considers data from the US Census Bureau, FBI, Sharecare, Bureau of Labor Statistics, and US News rankings of high schools and hospitals.

The best places to live

Here is a link to the US News & World Report 2022-2023 Best Places to Live: https://realestate.usnews.com/places/rankings/best-places-to-live?src=usn_pr

Here is an overview of the top 10:

1.Huntsville, Alabama.

2. Colorado Springs, Colorado.

3. Green Bay, Wis.

4. Boulder, Colo.

5. San Jose, California.

6. Raleigh and Durham, North Carolina

7. Fayetteville

8. Portland, Maine

9. Sarasota, Florida.

10. San Francisco, California.

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