Santa Rosa made it on top 100 list of best places to live in the United States

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U.S. News and World Report released their annual rankings of the best places to live in the United States, and Santa Rosa made the list as the 74th best place to live.

The rankings were based on city’s quality of life, value, job market, desirability and how many people are moving in and out of the area.

Santa Rosa is the only Sonoma County city on the list, scoring highly for its quality of life and job market, but very low for its value.

Noted were Santa Rosa’s wine, local produce, livestock, beer and tourists. The city was commended for its climate, health and relaxed lifestyle.

The rankings list credits Santa Rosa as an early hub of the farm-to-table movement.

Other California cities in the top 100 were #7 San Francisco, #14 San Jose, #36 San Diego and #73 Santa Barbara.

All of these California cities shared Santa Rosa’s traits of low value, but high desirability.

The value of a place is determined by how comfortably the average resident can afford to live. The California cities all had low value because of their housing affordability.

View the gallery above to see what cities made the top 20, and why.

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