Report Finds Boston, Worcester & Springfield Among Top 150 Cities To Live

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WORCESTER (WBZNewsRadio) - It's Boston's small town feel that earned the 18th spot on a an annual report from U.S. News & World Report's list of the 150 best metro areas to live in the U.S.

Two other Massachusetts cities also made the list. Worcester took the 69th spot and Springfield came in at 117th.

Huntsville, Alabama scored the top place to live in the United States.

Earning an overall score of 6.6 out of 10, Boston not only earned the 18th best place to live but the 43rd best place to retire. The survey said the city "often feels like a small town with all the perks of city life. It's historic but ever-evolving." The report also noted it's diverse culinary scene and access to cultural institutions, world-class schools, and health care.

Worcester's overall score measured in at 6.2 out of 10 and earned an even higher rating for retirement, taking the 35th best spot in the country. The report called the Heart of the Commonwealth, a vibrant and diverse community, with affordable housing, green parks, quality hospitals and proximity to a dozen highly esteemed colleges and universities.

Furthest down on the list, Springfield earned a 5.9 out of 10 for it's overall score. The report classified the city as "loved by outdoorsy types for it's natural beauty and abundant hiking trails." The city is also the region's economic hub and academic center with several companies headquartered in the metro area including Fortune 500 financial services firm MassMutual. When it comes to retirement Springfield beat out the other two MA cities, earning itself the 31st spot.

WBZ's John Baibak reports

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