Boston on U.S. News & World Report’s list of best places to live

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Boston has cracked the Top 20 on U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 list of the 150 best places to live.

Coming in at No. 18 on the magazine’s list, Boston was described as feeling “like a small town with all the perks of city life.” U.S. News cited Boston’s culinary scene and cultural institutions, as well as its schools, employers, and health care.

“It is historic but ever-evolving. It is on the cutting edge of medicine and technology, but traditional in its love of pastimes like cheering on hometown heroes at Fenway Park. It is a region of sports enthusiasts, artists and entrepreneurs,” the magazine wrote.

U.S. News said its rankings are based on “quality of life and the job market in each metro area, as well as the value of living there and people’s desire to live there.”

Boston received an overall score of 7.1 out of 10, with a job-market score of 8.8 and an 8.1 in desirability, but just a 5.2 score in housing affordability.

Two other Massachusetts cities made the list: Worcester (68), and Springfield (98). The other New England cities on the list include Portland, Maine (19); Manchester, N.H. (54); Hartford, (65); Providence (100); and New Haven (112).

Coming at No. 1 on the list was Boulder, Colo.

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