, in conjunction with Bloomberg Rankings, recently shared their annual picks for the 50 best cities in the U.S.


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The 50 were selected from 100 cities, and ranked based on economic factors, leisure attributes, air quality, crime rates, park area per capita, and other factors.

The metrics used to rank the cities has changed since 2011, according to Leisure amenities received the greatest weighting factor, followed by education and economic metrics, and then lastly, crime and air quality statistics.

We took a look at the cities and picked out a six we found to be unusual choices and/or very economically sound in terms of median pay and unemployment. We also tried to pick a few which don’t always make headlines, but are unusually prosperous.

After viewing the slideshow, let us know the cities you think are prosperous and good places to live in the comments.

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