Louisianans may beg to differ, but U.S. News and World Report doesn’t consider any of the state’s cities among the Top 10 “Best Places to Live in the U.S.”
Or the Top 25.
Or the Top 50.
It’s a somber showing for a state that takes pride in its scenery, lifestyle and culture. Baton Rouge ranked 63rd “best” among the nation’s 100 most populous cities. New Orleans ranked 91st.
To score well, a city had to have good value, be a desirable place to live, have a strong job market and a high quality of life, according to the magazine’s criteria.
The top city on the list is Denver, Colo. — its residents are described as “an easygoing crowd of ambitious, progressive-minded fitness fanatics and nature lovers who are eager to push the envelope.” Rounding out the Top 5, in order, are Austin, Texas; and Fayetteville, Ark.; Raleigh-Durham, N.C.; and Colorado Springs, Colo.
The magazine describes Baton Rouge as a “flourishing city” that moves at a “suburban pace” that “increasing absorbs the flavor or New Orleans without adopting the bustle of a tourist spot.”
As for New Orleans, the magazine says its residents “are infused with a resilient and welcoming spirit that celebrates eccentricity, draws out the timid and steadfastly resists outside influences.” Living in New Orleans is NOT, it points out, quite like it’s portrayed in television shows and movies.