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Frisco, Texas named the best city to live in the United States

PHOTOS: Best places to live

Texans will always tell you Texas is the best place to live. But Money magazine and Realtor.com have something to say about that.

 

>>Here are the nation's top 20 places, according to their study...

 

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1. Frisco, Texas

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20. Bethesda, Md.

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19. Murfreesboro, Tenn.

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18. Broomfield, Colo.

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17. Eastvale, Calif.

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16. Flower Mound, Texas

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15. Overland Park, Kan.

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14. Rogers, Arkansas

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13. Orem, Utah

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12. Newton, Mass.

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10. Woodbury, Minn.

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9. Sammamish, Wash.

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8. Highlands Ranch, Colo.

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7. Dublin, Calif.

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6. Franklin, Tenn.

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5. Cary. N.C.

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4. Ellicott City, Md.

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3. Carmel, Ind.

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2. Ashburn, Va.

 

Any Texan will tell you Texas is the best place on earth. You don't even have to ask. They'll just tell you that, but a new study out from Money magazine, in conjunction with Realtor.com, confirms it: The best city to live in America is in Texas.  Show Full Story

 

Take a guess where it is though. Is it San Antonio with the winding River Walk through the middle of town? Is it Austin, where you can hear live music any night of the week? Or is it Houston, where the dining is first-class and the people are so lovely?

 

Nope.

 

It's Frisco, Texas, just 30 miles north of Dallas. (Dallas!?!) What makes Frisco so special? Well, for the ranking the magazine looked only at cities with a population of 50,000 or more. They considered data on economic health, cost of living, diversity, public education, income, crime, ease of living and amenities. A special emphasis was put on economic data, school performance and local amenities.

 

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When all the numbers were crunched, Frisco came out on top. The Dallas bedroom community was singled out not only for its massive growth, but how the city has managed that growth, creating a good public-school system and a high quality of life.

 

To keep the rankings interesting for the rest of the country, only two cities in each state were allowed in the top 50. Otherwise, it would have been a list full of Texas cities, and only Texans want that. The second city in Texas listed as one of the best is Flower Mound, which also is north of Dallas. (Dallas!?!) You can see the full listing here.

 

Take a look through the gallery above to see the rankings. What did they get wrong? Let us know in the comments below.

 

Francisca Ortega covers Texas news, politics and pop culture. Read her on our breaking news site and on our subscriber site. | francisca.ortega@chron.com | @quefrankie

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