In Pictures: Top 50 U.S. Cities Ranked by Quality of Life And Average Salary

The U.S. News & World Report ranked the 100 largest metropolitan areas of the country based on affordability, job prospects and quality of life. Here are the top 50 spots, all cities were given a score out of 10. Creative Commons CCO/John Piercy/Flickr
50. Atlanta, Georgia. Overall Score: 6.6; Quality of Life: 5.8; Average annual salary: $49,430. Creative Commons CCO
49. Melbourne, Florida. Overall Score: 6.6; Quality of Life: 7.3; Average annual salary: $45,470.Creative Commons CCO
48. Kansas City, Missouri. Overall Score: 6.6; Quality of Life: 6.1; Average annual salary: $47,640. Creative Commons CCO
47. Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Overall Score: 6.6; Quality of Life: 7.0; Average annual salary: $48,170. Creative Commons CCO
46. Honolulu, Hawaii. Overall Score: 6.6; Quality of Life: 6.2; Average annual salary: $49,320. Creative Commons CCO
45. Jacksonville, Florida. Overall Score: 6.6; Quality of Life: 6.7; Average annual salary: $43,460. Creative Commons CCO
44. Phoenix, Arizona. Overall Score: 6.6; Quality of Life: 6.1; Average annual salary: $46,700. Alan English CPA/Flickr
43. Louisville, Kentucky. Overall Score: 6.6; Quality of Life: 6.2; Average annual salary: $43,410. Wade Morgen/Flickr
42. Chattanooga, Tennessee. Overall Score: 6.6; Quality of Life: 6.4; Average annual salary: $40,870. Faungg's photos/Flickr
41. Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Overall Score: 6.6; Quality of Life: 7.2; Average annual salary: $42,150. Scott Teresi/Flickr
40. Orlando, Florida. Overall Score: 6.6; Quality of Life: 6.9; Average annual salary: $41,460. Matthew Paulson/Flickr
39. Rochester, New York. Overall Score: 6.6; Quality of Life: 7.0; Average annual salary: $47,590.Rick Engelbrecht/Flickr
38. Little Rock, Arkansas. Overall Score: 6.6; Quality of Life: 6.3; Average annual salary: $42,530. Bob Simmons/Flickr