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Choosing this year's 25 Most Desirable Place to Live in the U.S.
is an unavoidably subjective undertaking. Most of us, for instance, would prefer not to live in the murder capital of the world, wherever that happens to be at the moment. But if you are a murderer, you might feel very much at home there.
That being said, its always gratifying when a publication that was once taken as serious as The Economist
bestows that honor upon your city, as U.S. News & World Report
did with Colorado Springs a couple weeks ago.
“Colorado Springs might not jump off the map as an economic or cultural hub the way larger metro areas like Denver do,” observes the publication. “But in a quieter, gentler way, Colorado Springs has much to offer, including a low cost of living, a low unemployment rate and a variety of recreation and entertainment options.”
What’s odd, though, is that this same publication put Austin, Texas at the top of its 125 Best Cities to Live in the USA
list just three months earlier. (Colorado Springs did come in second, but still...)
The logical explanation, of course, is that what we desire isn't necessarily what's best for us. Either that or U.S. News & World Report
has already fallen behind on this year’s click-bait quota.