Written by DML

Below is a very interesting report, which I have to disagree with.

I know that sounds strange that I would report on something which I cannot support, but in the spirit of hardy and healthy debate, I take issue with San Francisco being on the list of best big cities to live in.

The homeless situation alone in SF, not to mention its sanctuary city policies are insanely troublesome.   The same can be said for most of the cities listed below.

But Wallet Hub didn’t take those things into account when forming their report, so I have to give them a pass in the sense that they are using other metrics, which are interesting to say the least.

The information was sent to me from Diane Polk at DC research film, Wallet Hub.

Hi Dennis,
With July and August ranking among the most popular months to move and about 80% of the U.S. population living in urban areas, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2018’s Best Big Cities to Live in.

To take the guesswork out of finding the right city for urban dwellers, WalletHub evaluated the 62 largest U.S. cities in terms of 56 key metrics. The data set ranges from quality of public school system to job opportunities to median annual property taxes.

Best Big Cities to Live in
1 Seattle, WA 11 Minneapolis, MN
2 Virginia Beach, VA 12 Denver, CO
3 Austin, TX 13 Las Vegas, NV
4 San Francisco, CA 14 Raleigh, NC
5 San Diego, CA 15 Mesa, AZ
6 Honolulu, HI 16 Tampa, FL
7 Portland, OR 17 Pittsburgh, PA
8 San Jose, CA 18 Washington, DC
9 Colorado Springs, CO 19 Omaha, NE
10 New York, NY 20 Charlotte, NC

Best vs. Worst

  • Virginia Beach, Virginia, has the highest homeownership rate, 63.18 percent, which is 2.1 times higher than in Miami, the city with the lowest at 30.53 percent.
  • Virginia Beach, Virginia, has the lowest share of residents living in poverty, 8.2 percent, which is 4.8 times lower than in Detroit, the city with the highest at 39.4 percent.
  • San Francisco has the lowest median debt rate (per median earnings), 14.70 percent, which is 5.7 times lower than in Colorado Springs, Colorado, the city with the highest at 83.32 percent.
  • Wichita, Kansas, has the shortest average commute time, 18.2 minutes, which is 2.2 times shorter than in New York, the city with the longest at 40.3 minutes.
  • Virginia Beach, Virginia, has the fewest violent crimes (per 1,000 residents), 1.55, which is 13.2 times less than in Detroit, the city with the most at 20.47.

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  1. What a joke! Obviously Wallet Hub who published this are Liberals. I wouldn’t want to live in any of those Cities now, and I grew up in Colorado Springs. I have family and friends there but I don’t want to live there.

  2. Heck no Portland, SF, austin, Seattle? Top 10? More people living and crapping on the streets there. No way , love to know who made this last up. Austin used to be so cool, nothing but artsy hippies living on the streets. And heroin houses now in SF?

  3. Wallet Hub apparently likes liberal big cities. Not a one of these cities would be my choice.

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