Rankings of the 100 most populous U.S. cities, released Wednesday, are based on five factors: job market, value, quality of life, desirability and net migration. Data was derived from the U.S. Census Bureau, the FBI, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, previous U.S. News rankings on best schools and best hospitals, and a public survey of "thousands" of individuals across the U.S.
Raleigh-Durham's highest scores are in desirability and net migration.
About two-thirds of the U.S. population resides in one of the metro areas on the list. The top five "best places" are Denver; Austin, Texas; Fayetteville, Arkansas; Raleigh; and Colorado Springs, Colorado.
See the entire list here.