The U.S. News & World Report releases a list every year of the best places to live in America. The 2017 list was recently released and included many military towns in the top 50.
When choosing the top cities, U.S. News looks at many factors that are coveted by almost everybody like affordable housing, access to well-paying jobs, a low cost of living, good schools, and quality healthcare. To rank the cities, they categorized data into five indexes: job market, value, quality of life, desirability, and net migration.
Two of MilHousing Network’s main hubs made the top list: Colorado Springs and San Antonio.
Colorado Springs- “Colorado Springs is “booming, with new residences popping up alongside quality schools, parks, and cultural attractions,” touts a local expert. The city is just an hour drive from Denver and in close proximity to Aspen and Vail’s world-class ski resorts. Military jobs influence Colorado Springs’ culture and economy, but jobs are also available in medical innovation and tech.”
San Antonio- “At once a destination city and a down-home community, San Antonio offers up a variety of cuisines, music styles, and art for visitors and locals. The city hosts “more than 50 major events and festivals throughout the year,” a number of which honor the area’s Spanish heritage, said a local expert. San Antonio is home to four military and air force bases and camps, collectively known as Joint Base San Antonio.”
Other military towns to make the list:
- Washington, DC.
- Salt Lake City, UT
- San Diego, CA
- Charleston, SC
- Tampa, FL
- Oklahoma City, OK
- Little Rock, AR
- Phoenix, AZ
- Honolulu, HI
Do you live in one of these towns? Let us know what you think of the ranking!