San Antonio slid eight spots in U.S. News & World Report’s annual ranking of the best places to live in the U.S, moving from No. 75 to No. 83.
For this year’s ranking, U.S. News considered key factors for 150 metro areas such as job availability, housing affordability, quality of life, and desirability. This year, the publication added data about air quality for the first time.
Huntsville, Alabama, grabbed the No. 1 spot from last year’s top-ranked metro, Boulder, Colorado. Huntsville came in third place last year.
In Texas, Austin remains the top-ranked place to live, but it tumbled from No. 5 nationally last year to No. 13 this year. Austin ranked No. 3 nationally in 2020, and No. 1 in 2017, 2018, and 2019.
“Much of the shakeup we see at the top of this year’s ranking is a result of changing preferences,” Devon Thorsby, real estate editor at U.S. News, says in a news release. “People moving across the country today are putting more emphasis on affordability and quality of life than on the job market, which in many ways takes a back seat as remote work options have become more standard.”
Elsewhere in the U.S. News rankings:
- Austin landed at No. 13, down from No. 5 last year.
- Dallas-Fort Worth landed at No. 32, up from No. 37 last year.
- Houston landed at No. 59, down from No. 39 last year.
- Killeen landed at No. 108, up from No. 114 last year.
- Beaumont landed at No. 109, up from No. 124 last year.
- El Paso landed at No. 124, up from No. 131 last year.
- Corpus Christi landed at No. 133, down from No. 129 last year.
- Brownsville landed at No. 134, up from No. 140 last year.
- McAllen landed at No. 138, up from No. 139 last year.