People enjoy the water along Naples Beach. (Credit: WINK News)

Naples ranks 7th on ‘Best Places to Live’ list

One of Southwest Florida’s most beautiful cities has been named one of the “Best places to Live” in the country.

U.S. News & World Report ranked 150 of the most populated areas, and Naples came in at No. 7.

Two other Florida cities made the top 20: Melbourne at No. 18 and Sarasota at No. 9.

The list looked at affordability, job prospects, and desirability.

Some of the pluses for Naples include its pristine beaches, sprawling golf courses, and fine dining and shopping.

Naples scored high for desirability and people moving to the area, but the city got low marks for value, comparing housing costs to the median household income.

According to the list, Huntsville, Alabama, is the third best place to live, Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina, came in at No. 2, and the top spot went to Boulder, Colorado.

The same source ranked Naples as the No. 1 best place to live in Florida, and the No. 4 best place to retire in the U.S. Fort Myers came in at No. 2 on the “Best Places to Retire” list. Sarasota was No. 1.

Writer:Jackie Winchester
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