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Minneapolis is a better place to live than NYC, LA, Honolulu

At least that's what this one study says.

If you were to pit the 62 biggest American cities against each other, and rank them based on the best ones to live in, where would Minneapolis land?

Ahead of New York City, Honolulu, Portland, Denver, Las Vegas, San Francisco, Chicago and 53 other cities ... apparently.

WalletHub did exactly what's described above, using five key qualities – affordability, state of the economy, education and health, safety, and quality of life – to rank the 62 largest U.S. cities.

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It placed Minneapolis at No. 7 overall, with particularly high marks for education and health (third in that category overall) and quality of life (14th). The city, unsurprisingly, also got the top biking score.

Minneapolis' trouble spots

Minneapolis' lowest scores came in affordability – which makes sense considering how expensive things like houses in the Twin Cities are – as well as safety.

The safety category, which Minneapolis was 41st in, looked at the violent crime and property crime rate, plus fatalities and number of law enforcement officers. And while violent crime has gone up a bit recently, the homicide rate from 2015-16 fell. And there are 25 cities with a higher homicide rate, World Atlas says.

Which cities landed in front of Minneapolis?

The top six that ranked ahead of Minneapolis:

  1. Virginia Beach, Virginia
  2. Seattle
  3. Pittsburgh
  4. San Diego
  5. Colorado Springs
  6. Austin, Texas

St. Paul must have just missed out on being eligible for the list, since it's usually just outside the top 62 when it comes to population.

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