Move over, Philly … there’s a new big shot in town.

According to a recently released listing by U.S. News & World Report, Pennsylvania had seven cities ranked in the top 150 metro areas. In the full report, Pittsburgh was number one in the state, and number 26 overall in the United States.

U.S. News analyzed the 150 most populous metro areas (where the majority of the U.S. population resides) to find the best places to live. To make the top of their list, the team examined cities that were a good value, a desirable place to live, have a strong job market, and a high quality of life. 

The magazine also the cost of living, crime rates, and quality of education. That data was then weighted based on responses from a public survey of approximately 3,600 people to determine what matters most to them when picking their next place to live.

Metro areas in the rankings are evaluated using data from sources including the U.S. Census Bureau, the FBI, the U.S. Department of Labor and U.S. News' own internal resources. This data was categorized into five indexes and evaluated using a methodology determined by Americans' preferences.

Additional Pennsylvania cities in the rankings are Harrisburg (#35), Lancaster (#61), Reading (#74), Scranton (#89), York (#92), Philadelphia (#99) and Allentown (#111).

A few large cities ahead of Pittsburgh tend to be expensive economic powerhouses like San Jose (#5), San Francisco (#10), Austin (#13), Boston (#18), and Washington, D.C. (#19). The top-ranked city is Huntsville, Alabama.

Pittsburgh also landed ahead of major markets like Charlotte (#30), Dallas (#32) and Seattle (#36).

You can find the rest of the full report and ranking methodology, here.

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