One Washington city made the top 10 on a list of best cities to live in America

by Becca Savransky | March 15, 2021 | Seattle P-I

One city in the Seattle metro area earned a spot in the top 10 on a new list of the best cities to live in America.

Bellevue took the 10th place on the list from Niche, which helps connect students and families with the right schools and places to live. Just a few spots behind Bellevue, in the 13th spot, was Seattle. Seattle moved up in the rankings compared to last year, when it earned the 15th spot on the list.

Both cities earned an overall Niche grade of A+. Bellevue also earned an A+ for public schools, while Seattle got an A-. Bellevue ranked lower when it came to housing and crime and safety, but it got high grades for diversity and being good for families. Seattle also got lower scores for crime and safety and cost of living, but scored high for jobs and nightlife.

“In the past year, many people have become more mobile than ever before. Especially if they’re able to work remotely, people are asking themselves where they really want to live,” said Luke Skurman, CEO and founder of Niche. “Our rankings are designed to help our users find the next place they want to call home based on their unique priorities.”

During the coronavirus pandemic, many employers have adopted more flexible work from home policies, giving people the option to move farther out of the city where their job was located. Some people have flocked to more affordable places throughout the pandemic, according to rental market data.

The study looked at 228 cities and used data from the U.S. Census Bureau, FBI, BLS and CDC, along with resident reviews on the site to find which cities topped the list for the best cities to live in America. It looked at a variety of factors to create its ranking, including neighborhood diversity, public schools and affordability.

The city that topped the list of the best to live in America was The Woodlands in Texas. It was followed by Arlington, Virginia, outside of Washington, D.C. and Naperville, Illinois, outside of Chicago.

The study also ranked the best places to live in Washington — including specific neighborhoods in cities. On that list, Sammamish Valley took the top spot, followed by Wilburton, a neighborhood in Bellevue, and North Redmond. Grass Lawn and Overland in Redmond rounded out the top five places to live in Washington. Westlake, in Seattle, took the sixth spot.

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