A new report is out that ranks the top 150 places to live in America and the great Garden State didn't do too well.

(Said with New Jersey attitude: "Good. We don't like you, either. And get out of the left lane.")

U.S. News & World Report has released its annual list of the best places to live in 2022 and 2023.

To determine their rankings, they look at the job market, a value index (a combination of household income and housing costs), quality of life (crime, health care, education, etc.), desirability, and net migration based on data from the U.S. census.

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From their calculations, Huntsville, Alabama, is the absolute best place to live in America.

City park in Huntsville, Alabama.
Jeffrey Schreier
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Why Huntsville? They say,

Huntsville's city center has undergone a renaissance in recent years. An outbreak of new construction downtown means more shopping, dining and apartment options are available. Just west of downtown, a defunct cotton mill became a bustling arts center, and craft breweries, restaurants and an ax-throwing venue have sprung up in a renovated old middle school.

(Said with New Jersey attitude: "You want me to move to Ala-freakin'-bama so I can throw an ax in an old school?")

Anyway, rounding out the top five are Colorado Springs, CO; Green Bay, WI; Boulder, CO; and San Jose, CA.

So, what about New Jersey?

Well, we don't show up on the list until #86. And this might be a bit of a surprise.

According to U.S. News & World Report, the Trenton area is the top part of New Jersey to live in.

The Statehouse in Trenton, as seen in July 2016 (Michael Symons/Townsquare Media NJ)
The Statehouse in Trenton, as seen in July 2016 (Michael Symons/Townsquare Media NJ)
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(Said with New Jersey attitude: "Trennnt-in? You serious?")

Now, again, it's not necessarily the actual city but the larger metropolitan area around that city.

The diverse, scenic Trenton metro area mixes the old and new. . . . and its proximity to the Delaware River means locals can participate in aquatic sports and enjoy an assortment of wildlife. Trenton’s location makes it convenient to New York; Philadelphia; Atlantic City, New Jersey; and the Jersey Shore. The abundance of major highways and local roadways allows for a smooth flow of traffic. The region is economically diverse. Trenton has a high poverty rate, but surrounding towns, including Princeton, are more affluent.

(Said with New Jersey attitude: "Assortment of wildlife? In Trenton?")

And I'm not knocking Trenton at all, it's a fine city. But according to this report, its best features are that it's near other cities and traffic usually doesn't back up on I-295.

Junction of I-195, I-295, NJ 29, and NJ 129 near Trenton NJ - Photo: Google Maps
Junction of I-195, I-295, NJ 29, and NJ 129 near Trenton NJ - Photo: Google Maps
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Here's where some regional cities ranked:

35. Harrisburg, PA
61. Lancaster, PA
74. Reading, PA
89. Scranton, PA
92. York, PA
99. Philadelphia
111. Allentown, PA
120. New York City

You can view all 150 locations by clicking here.

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