Houston Ranks in U.S. News & World Report

U.S. News & World Report recently revealed its 2016 Best Places to Live report, a ranking that lists the nation’s top 100 metro areas based on a number of factors.


This study combined thousands of surveys across the U.S. combining data from the United States Census Bureau, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In addition, data from U.S. News rankings of the Best High Schools and Best Hospitals was also used to forming this list.

Five indexes of measurement comprise the U.S. News “Scorecard,” which allow of residents nationwide to indicate what elements of living are most valuable to them. Below, the percentages next to each index indicate the weight each has on the study results.

Job market index (20 percent) considers median salary and unemployment rates.

The value index (25 percent) considers median annual household income and cost of living.

The quality of life index (30 percent) looks at crime rates, health care availability, quality of education, commute, and well-being. Well-being involves resident satisfaction in social, physical and financial aspects.

The desirability index (15 percent) used the Google Consumer Survey to poll people on where they think the most ideal place to live is.

The net migration index (10 percent) measures how many people are moving to and away from metro areas based on U.S. Census data.

Houston made the list at NO. 17 Best Places to Live in the US.

Value: 7.1

Median home price: $190,000

Median rent: $910


“The Best Places to Live ranking accounts for the most important concerns people have about where to live, such as cost of living, employment opportunities and access to good schools,” product manager for Real Estate at U.S. News Miriam Weiner says. “Top-ranked areas not only have steady job markets, but they also have attributes that contribute to a high quality of life – affordability, low crime rates, shorter commute times and quality health care.”


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With over 20 years of working in the greater Fulshear/Katy market, RE/MAX Realty West has become an integral part of the community and the number one choice for clients to find their next home. We are intimately familiar with the rich history and the wonderful communities that this area has to offer, not only because we work here, but because this is the community that we, ourselves, call home. As a friendly, boutique office, our goal is to provide our clients with an unequaled level of service. Whether you are finding the right home or looking to put your current house on the market, RE/MAX Realty West can help you every step of the way. Our experience helps clients find the right home, in the right location. We specialize in the greater Fulshear and Katy communities including Weston Lakes, Fulbrook, Cross Creek Ranch, Fulshear Creek Crossing and Firethorne. We also serve the acreage communities along the FM 359 corridor, which include the quaint neighborhoods of River Forest, Texana, Woods Edge and Grand River. Additionally, we handle the large Katy Master Planned Communities including Cinco Ranch, Seven Meadows and Grand Lakes.
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