Here Are the Best Big Cities to Live In, According to a New Survey

There’s much to be said for small town charm and familiarity, but some people simply prefer to go big. In search of accessibility, economic opportunity, or what have you, they prefer the big cities -- high rents, traffic and all.

But not every big city is created equal. Some are more lively and affordable than others. Some avoid the pitfalls that others have become so accustomed to. So where do you start? Try WalletHub to start.

The personal credit site has just released its list of the Best Big Cities in 2017 based on a number of key metrics. A dozen Golden State cities have made the list, including 4 in the top 25.

You can check out the full survey and methodology here. In the meantime, these are the top 10 best big cities in the country, according to WalletHub:

1 Virginia Beach, VA

2 Seattle, WA

3 Pittsburgh, PA

4 San Diego, CA

5 Colorado Springs, CO

6 Austin, TX

7 Minneapolis, MN

8 Las Vegas, NV

9 Denver, CO

10 San Jose, CA

Data is compiled and reported by WalletHub. Report does not reflect statistics on all cities.


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