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A North Carolina City made the “Best City in the USA” list. Bad news. It wasn’t our city of Charlotte! While a lot of us choose where we live based on what we can afford and how close it is to our job, that doesn’t necessarily mean we are getting the best this country has to offer. You may think you live in the best city around, but now Money magazine is here to let you know whether or not that’s true.

  • The mag has just come out with their annual list of the Best Places to Live in America.
  • In making their choices, they looked at towns and cities with a population of at least 20,000, judging them on things like cost of living, economic opportunity, and diversity, among other factors.
  • Topping the list this year is Atlanta, Georgia, which gets high marks for the many opportunities it offers job seekers, students and families.
  • Plus, housing costs in Atlanta are reasonable, with the current median price for a home $428,000, which is $7,000 less than the U.S. average of $435,000.

I’m shook that Atlanta is on the list! Sooooo much traffic! So what North Carolina City made the Best City in the USA list? Let’s see!

  • 10. Jersey City, NJ

    The Northern Trust - Round Three

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  • 9. Tampa, FL

    Tampa Bay Lightning Victory Rally & Boat Parade

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  • 8. Ann Arbor, MI

    Washington v Michigan

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  • 7. Somerville, MA

    Northeast Hit With Major Snowstorm

    SOMERVILLE, MA – JANUARY 29: People run across the street in Davis Square during a snowstorm on January 29, 2022 in Somerville, Massachusetts. A powerful noreaster brought blinding blizzard conditions with high winds causing widespread power outages to much of the Mid-Atlantic and New England coast. The storm is predicted to drop over 2 feet of snow in some areas.(Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)

  • 6. Columbia, MD

    Gaylord National Resort And Convention Center

    WASHINGTON, DC – FEBRUARY 26: The District of Columbia’s Blue Plains Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant is seen along the Potomac River February 26, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

  • 5. Rogers Park, IL

    Lake Michigan High Water Levels Damage Chicago Lakefront

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – NOVEMBER 18: People walk along the lakefront near Rogers Beach on November 18, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. High water levels in Lake Michigan have collapsed a walkway and seawall at Rogers Beach, causing the beach and park area to be closed and continues to threaten nearby homes. In July the average water level in Lake Michigan tied the 1986 record of 581.99 feet. Water levels in the lake are expected to remain high through the winter which could potentially lead to more record highs in the summer of 2020. In 2013 water level in the lake reached a record low. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

  • 4. Raleigh, NC

    Fourth Of July Weekend Creates Crushing Holiday Traffic

    RALEIGH, NC – JULY 1: Traffic is seen on Interstate 40, which connects such cities as Charlotte and Raleigh to many beaches on the east coast of the state July 1, 2005 in Raleigh, North Carolina. AAA estimates over 40 million people will travel over the holiday weekend, a record number. (Photo by Logan Mock-Bunting/Getty Images)

  • 3. Kirkland, WA

    Google Moves Into New Washington Campus

    KIRKLAND, WA – OCTOBER 28: Google Engineering Director Chee Chew demonstrates using the climbing wall during the grand opening of Google Kirkland October 28, 2009 in Kirkland, Washington. More than 350 employees work in the Kirkland facility, which includes amenities such as a gym and soda fountain, and consolidates several offices throughout Kirkland. (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)

  • 2. Tempe, AZ

    2020 Rock 'n' Roll Arizona Marathon - Marathon and Half Marathon

    TEMPE, ARIZONA – JANUARY 19: Participants compete in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona Half Marathon on January 19, 2020 in Tempe, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images for Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon)

  • 1. Atlanta, GA

    Atlanta Losing Traffic Gridlock Battle, Study Reports

    ATLANTA – MAY 9: Traffic crawls through downtown Atlanta along Interstate 75/85 during rush hour May 9, 2005 in Atlanta, Georgia. According to a new study Atlanta, like many other cities nationwide, is losing its fight against traffic gridlock. The Texas Transportation Institute ranks Atlanta fourth behind Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington, D.C., for delays per traveler on its roads. Last year, Atlanta was ranked fifth in the study. (Photo by Barry Williams/Getty Images)