Written by The Business Journal Staff
Fresno’s ranking is an improvement from No. 97 last year.
U.S. News & World Report gave Fresno an overall score of 5.6 out of 10 on a number of indices, including the job market, cost of living, quality of life, desirability and net migration.
Fresno received its top score of 7.3 in desirability, which measures whether or not people want to live in a given metro area, determined by a survey of people across the country.
The second highest score was in the quality of life index, which measures how satisfied resident are with their daily lives in each metro area. This index takes into account crime rates, quality and availability of health care, quality of education, commutes and well-being.
Fresno ranked ahead of Bakersfield at No. 97, Stockton at No. 98 and Modesto at No. 99, with San Juan, Puerto Rico at 100.
Austin, Texas was the top Place to Live, followed by Denver, Colorado and San Jose for the top 3.