The 10 Best Big Cities to Live in Right Now
San Diego is number 6 as to the Best Big City to live. The Times report that the Average Family Income is $91,199 and the average Median Home Price is $555,000. Along with a Projected Job Growth of 4.4% from 2017 to 2022, we are just behind Seattle and ahead of Colorado Springs.
Catherine Black | Scott Finn & Associates
You don’t have to empty your savings account to afford city living in America—at least not in these locations.
Urban areas offer a gateway to culture or a medley of activities, but they typically come with a high price tag. That’s why MONEY crunched the numbers to find big cities—those with a population of 300,000 or more—with the best of all worlds: attractions, iconic neighborhoods, a relatively low cost of living, and promising job growth.
Here are our top 10 picks for best big cities to live in. (See MONEY’s full 2018 ranking of the Best Places to Live in America.)
1. Austin, Texas
- Average Family Income: $87,389
- Median Home Price: $326,562
- Projected Job Growth (2017-2022): 10.9%
Texas’s delightfully bohemian capital nabs the list’s top spot because of the thriving job scene, coupled with memorable food, music, and a startup culture.
Not only is Austin projected to see a whopping 10.9% increase in jobs over the next four years, but the current unemployment rate of 3% also sits below the national average. The city’s median family income is $87,389, and the median home sale price is $326,562, according to realtor.com. Much of its job growth comes from small businesses and the tech sector—Dell, IBM, and Amazon are some of the biggest employers. Entrepreneurs, take note: CNBC ranked Austinas the No. 1 place to start a business, while Forbes named it one of the top 10 rising cities for startups.
Once you do land a job, you won’t have to worry about how to entertain yourself. Dubbed the Live Music Capital of the World, Austin is bursting with talent and more live music venues per capita than anywhere else in the nation. Visitors flock to the annual South by Southwest festivals, featuring concerts, speeches, and comedy showcases.
And then there’s the food. Restaurant-rating powerhouse Zagat named Austin the second-most-exciting food city in the U.S. last year, thanks to mainstays like Franklin Barbecue and new favorites such as ramen restaurant Kemuri Tatsu-ya, which combines Texan flavors and Japanese techniques for a meal as distinctive as the city itself.
2. Raleigh, North Carolina
- Average Family Income: $82,021
- Median Home Price: $263,000
- Projected Job Growth (2017-2022): 9.6%