Fresno has moved up a spot on U.S. News & World Report’s list of the 100 Best Places to Live.
The list, released Tuesday, ranks the nation’s 100 largest metropolitan areas based on affordability, job prospects and quality of life. Fresno is No. 96, up from 97 last year just behind New Orleans and ahead of a trio of California cities: Bakersfield, Stockton and Modesto. Sacramento is No. 66.
Austin, Texas is No.1 on the list followed by Denver and San Jose, Calif.
Fresno’s quality of life and desirability ranked high on the report scorecard at 6.3 and 7.3, respectively, out of 10 points. The city scored 5.6 overall. Other factors included value, job market and net migration.
The list was based partly on a public survey of thousands of people nationwide to find out what qualities they consider important in a hometown. It also included data from the U.S. Census Bureau, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, along with U.S. News rankings of the Best High Schools and Best Hospitals.
For more information, read the report here realestate.usnews.com/places.