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08/27/2014 11:49 am ET | Updated Aug 28, 2014

The 10 Cities With The Highest Quality Of Life

If you're looking to improve your happiness, you might consider heading to the Midwest. According to new rankings based on a study by Nerdwallet, the top five cities in the U.S. with the best quality of life are all located in the middle of the country.

CITIES WITH THE HIGHEST QUALITY OF LIFE

  1. Madison, Wisconsin
  2. Lincoln, Nebraska
  3. Minneapolis, Minnesota
  4. St. Paul, Minnesota
  5. Omaha, Nebraska
  6. Buffalo, New York
  7. Lexington, Kentucky
  8. Lubbock, Texas
  9. Fort Wayne, Indiana
  10. Fremont, California

CITIES WITH THE LOWEST QUALITY OF LIFE

  1. Miami, Florida
  2. Santa Ana, California
  3. Hialeah, Florida
  4. Newark, New Jersey
  5. North Las Vegas, Nevada
  6. Laredo, Texas
  7. Los Angeles, California
  8. Jersey City, New Jersey
  9. New York, New York
  10. Fresno, California

To come up with the list, Nerdwallet looked at a variety of factors, including the median price of rent (as a percentage of median income), the average number of hours residents spend commuting to work and working, the percentage of residents with health care coverage and the unemployment rate for the 100 largest U.S. cities. See all the rankings in the map below.

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