Considering that 80% of Americans live in 3% of our country’s landmass, WalletHub looked at 62 of the our largest metros with +300,000 residents to help migrating consumers choose their “best” city.

Assuming that migrating consumers have the luxury of choosing, WalletHub gathered data on 62 of the country’s largest cities with +300,000 residents to help those consumers decide where to move. WalletHub focused on factors such as:

  • affordability
  • quality of life
  • economy
  • safety
  • education and health
  • +56 other factors

and tabulated each city’s score. A perfect score was 100 – no city got close. Here are some of WalletHub’s findings.

Overall Best 10 Cities

  1. Seattle WA 63.63
  2. Virginia Beach VA 63.27
  3. Austin TX 63.24
  4. San Francisco CA 62.56
  5. San Diego CA 62.49
  6. Honolulu HW 61.41
  7. Portland OR 61.07
  8. San Jose CA 60.87
  9. Colorado Springs CO 60.72
  10. New York City NY 60.38

Just so you know, Minneapolis and Denver just missed the cut with scores of 59.91 and 59.78 respectively.

Best Affordability

  1. Wichita KS
  2. Oklahoma City OK
  3. Omaha NB
  4. Louisville KY
  5. Lexington KY

Highest Income Growth

  1. San Francisco CA
  2. Seattle WA
  3. Austin TX
  4. Denver CO
  5. Portland OR

Highest Homeownership Rate

  1. Virginia Beach VA
  2. Mesa AZ
  3. Wichita KS
  4. Louisville KY
  5. Albuquerque NM

Overall Worst 10 Cities

  1. Detroit MI 33.15
  2. Memphis TN 37.20
  3. Cleveland OH 38.59
  4. Baltimore MY 41.23
  5. St. Louis MO 42.81
  6. Indianapolis IN 45.79
  7. Tulsa OK 46.95
  8. Milwaukee WS 47.28
  9. New Orleans LS 48.25
  10. Santa Ana CA 48.48

Just so you know, Houston and Albuquerque just missed the cut with scores of 48.70 and 48.98 respectively.