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These are the best (and worst) big cities to reside in this year

Home may be where the heart is, but where you live matters as well. New WalletHub data shows that Seattle, Washington is the best big city to reside in this year.

The company analyzed 62 of the biggest American cities (each with more than 300,000 residents) in terms of five factors:  “quality of life,” “economy,” “safety,” “education & health” and “affordability.” It then took a look at those five in terms of 56 other factors before eventually giving each city a score out of 100. WalletHub also used information from the U.S. Census Bureau, among many other sources.

The 10 best big cities to reside in

These 10 were at the top of the list.

1) Seattle, WA (total score: 63.63)

2) Virginia Beach, VA (total score: 63.27)

3) Austin, TX (total score: 63.24)

4) San Francisco, CA (total score: 62.56)

5) San Diego, CA (total score: 62.49)

6) Honolulu, HI (total score: 61.41)

7) Portland, OR (total score: 61.07)

8) San Jose, CA (total score: 60.87)

9) Colorado Springs, CO (total score: 60.72)

10) New York, NY (total score: 60.38)

The 10 worst big cities to reside in

62) Detroit, MI (total score of 33.15)

61) Memphis, TN (total score: 37.20)

60) Cleveland, OH (total score: 38.59)

59) Baltimore Maryland (total score: 41.23)

58) St. Louis, MO(total score: 42.81)

57) Indianapolis, IN (total score: 45.79)

56) Tulsa, OK (total score: 46.95)

55) Milwaukee, WI (total score: 47.28)

54) New Orleans, LA (total score: 48.25)

53) Santa Ana, CA (total score: 48.48)

Here’s how the cities compare to each other

Here’s what not to do when moving

Don’t just jump right in.

Clara E. Irazábal-Zurita, PhD, Director of the Latina/Latino Studies Program and Professor of Planning at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, told WalletHub about the worst thing people do when relocating.

“The biggest mistake people make when planning a move to a new place is mis-estimating the relationship between sources of income that are going to be available in the new setting and the cost of living,” she told the site. “If income is insufficient, people can incur in debt and the situation will eventually become unsustainable. People may be forced to have more than one job, potentially compromising their quality of life and health. Negatively, people may face financial default or house eviction, from which it is hard to recover.”

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