In a profile written for U.S. News & World Report by local expert Jaime Weinstein as part of the ranking's publicity, Atlanta was heralded as a place of Southern charm: "Among the nation's fastest-growing cities, the Georgia capital is attracting newcomers from around the country, and people are looking to this part of the country for culture and commerce like never before. If you learn about everything the city has to offer, it's easy to see why. Atlanta features award-winning restaurants and chefs, iconic locales that rival any across the country — including the Tony Award-winning Alliance Theatre, the CNN Center and the Western Hemisphere's largest indoor aquarium — and the fifth highest rate of job growth in the U.S."
Denver ranked top on the list, with an overall score of 7.8 and a 6.9 for quality of life. The publication praised it for revamping its long-ago Wild West ways to become an "easygoing crowd of ambitious, progressive-minded fitness fanatics and nature lovers who are eager to push the envelope on everything from civil rights to drug laws."
The top 5 on the U.S. News and World Report's Best Places to Live list:
1. Denver, Colo.
2. Austin, Texas
3. Fayetteville, Ark.
4. Raleigh-Durham, N.C.
5. Colorado Springs, Colo.
Read more about the U.S. News & World Report's 100 Best Places to Live 2016 here.