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Houston drops 12 spots in annual ranking of best places to live in the U.S.

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U.S. News & World Report unveiled its “2021-22 Best Places to Live in the United States” list July 13, and, well Houstonians, this year’s ranking are a smidge tough to swallow: The Bayou City fell significantly, receiving a ranking of No. 39 this year — 12 spots lower than the area’s No. 27 ranking in 2020.

The new list evaluated the country’s 150 most populous metropolitan areas based on factors like affordability, job prospects and desirability, according to a release.

For the second consecutive year, Boulder, Colorado ranked No. 1, due to high quality of life, job market and desirability scores. Boulder was followed by Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina, at No. 2; Huntsville, Alabama, at No. 3; and Fayetteville, Arkansas, at No. 4.

“This year we’re looking at how the most populous metro areas in the U.S. fared for much of the coronavirus pandemic, and seeing how far they’ll need to come to recover,” said Devon Thorsby, U.S. News real…

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