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

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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
02 altanta
50. Atlanta, Georgia.

Overall Score: 6.6.
Quality of Life: 5.8.
Average annual salary: $49,430.
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2A Atlanta
In addition to U.S. News & World Report ranking Atlanta one of the best places to live, it’s also ranks 62 in their list of best places to retire. Getty Images
03 melbourne florida
49. Melbourne, Florida.

Overall Score: 6.6.
Quality of Life: 7.3.
Average annual salary: $45,470.
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04 Kansas city missouri
48. Kansas City, Missouri.

Overall Score: 6.6.
Quality of Life: 6.1.
Average annual salary: $47,640.
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5A Kansas City
U.S. News & World Report estimated the median rent in Kansas City to be $863, fairly low in comparison to other metropolitan cities. It’s also known as the “city of fountains” because of (take a wild guess)... all their fountains. Getty Images
05 Milwaukee
47. Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Overall Score: 6.6.
Quality of Life: 7.0.
Average annual salary: $48,170.
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06 Honolulu Hawaii
46. Honolulu, Hawaii.

Overall Score: 6.6.
Quality of Life: 6.2.
Average annual salary: $49,320.
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8A Honolulu
U.S. News & World Report calls Honolulu, “... undoubtedly the Hawaiian Islands' cultural and culinary hub..” So go on and pig out (in some cases literally, thanks to their famous pig roasts, cooked in the traditional Hawaiian style called kālua). Getty Images
07 jacksonville florida
45. Jacksonville, Florida.

Overall Score: 6.6.
Quality of Life: 6.7.
Average annual salary: $43,460.
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08 phoenix
44. Phoenix, Arizona.

Overall Score: 6.6.
Quality of Life: 6.1.
Average annual salary: $46,700.
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11A Phoenix
“Phoenix is the best place to get a sampling of all the state has to offer,” says U.S. News & World Report. “Recently built sports stadiums, along with updated arts and shopping districts fringe downtown, as do some of the area's finest eateries.” Getty Images
09 louisville
43. Louisville, Kentucky.

Overall Score: 6.6.
Quality of Life: 6.2.
Average annual salary: $43,410.
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10 chattanooga tennessee
42. Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Overall Score: 6.6.
Quality of Life: 6.4.
Average annual salary: $40,870.
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