One Kentucky city has been named among the 'Best Places to Live for Quality of Life" in 2024.

The Top 3 "Best Places to Live for Quality of Life" in America

Recently U.S. News and World Reports released its list of the "Best Places to Live for Quality of Life in the U.S. in 2023-2024." Among the cities at the very top of the list we find Ann Arbor, Michigan, Boulder, Colorado, and Madison, Wisconsin in the top three positions.

What Is "Quality of Life" Anyway?

But what constitutes "quality of life" for these locations? U.S. News looked at a number of factors to determine a metro areas quality of life including crime rates and the quality of the education system, as well as other factors like air quality and the quality and availability of healthcare. The data is collected from the U.S. Census Bureau, along with the FBI, and the U.S. Department of Labor, as well as other sources.

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Kentucky Metro Ranks 23rd Best to Live for Quality of Life

When it comes to the Commonwealth of Kentucky, one metro area outperformed the rest. Lexington-Fayette ranked #23 in Best Places to Live for Quality of Life, according to U.S. News. They say the city's blend of "influences from the South and Midwest" give a unique cultural identity.

Sometimes called the Horse Capital of the World, Lexington relies on the equestrian industry as a main economic driver, and it's a huge part of the city's culture. Horse farms surround the city on all sides, many streets are named after Triple Crown winners and horse statues are displayed in parking lots and city parks. The horse industry is so important to Lexington that zoning restrictions are in place to protect hundreds of neighboring farms from urban sprawl.
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Lots to Love in Lexington, Kentucky

U.S. News says you don't need to be a horse lover to love Lexington. There is plenty to love in the city from college sports, local food, and outdoor recreation opportunities. Of course, like many other parts of Kentucky, Lexington is also well known for its bourbon. They say the low cost of living and stable job market make it appealing.

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