Providence metro ranks No. 91 in U.S. News’ ‘2018 100 Best Places to Live’

Updated at 9:18 a.m.

THE PROVIDENCE METRO RANKED No. 91 on U.S. News' 2018 "100 Best Places to Live in the USA" list. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

PROVIDENCE – The Providence metropolitan area ranked No. 91 on U.S. News & World Report’s “2018 100 Best Places To Live in the USA” list released Tuesday.

The Providence metro scored a 6.2 out of 10 overall, landing the metro area between the Killeen, Texas metro at No. 90 and the Sacramento, Calif. metro at No. 92.

The Providence metro’s score was a reflection of five categories of metrics:

  • Desirability, which is based on a national survey: 6.1 of 10.
  • Value accounts for annual household income and cost of living: 5.7 of 10.
  • Job market accounts for local unemployment and average salary: 6.8 of 10.
  • Quality of life accounts for crime rates, quality of education, area well-being and commute time: 6.5 of 10.
  • Net migration examines data from the U.S. Census to determine how many people are moving to the metro area: 5.7 of 10.

The Austin, Texas, metro area ranked No. 1 overall this year with a score of 7.7, followed by the Colorado Springs, Colo. metro with a score of 7.6 and the Denver metro at 7.5 overall.

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Providence was the eighth-highest ranked city in New England in 2018, making it the lowest-ranked New England metro area to make the list.

Boston was the highest-ranked metro area in New England at No. 25 with a score of 6.9.

Portland, Maine, ranked the second-highest in New England at No. 27 with a score of 6.8 while Manchester, N.H., finished third in the region at No. 37 with a score of 6.7 overall.

Providence also finished behind Hartford, Conn. (No. 46), Springfield, Mass. (No. 59); Worcester, Mass. (No. 62);  and New Haven, Conn. (No. 88).

Chris Bergenheim is the PBN web editor.