The biggest factor contributing to Nashville's jump is its desirability, based on a survey of about 3,500 people throughout the U.S. who were asked where they would prefer to live, given the choice.
Like many other Florida metro areas, Jacksonville is considered by many to be a desirable place to live.
Salt Lake City scores high for its housing affordability compared to the area’s median household income, as well as for its low crime rates, short commute and residents' sense of well-being.
New York City may be the most populous metro area in the U.S., but New York’s capital offers more affordability, lower crime rates and a shorter average commute.
Melbourne takes the No. 20 spot in the Best Places to Live ranking this year, largely due to its rapid population growth from net migration.
Washington ranks third out of the 150 most populous metro areas in the U.S. in the Sharecare Community Well-Being Index, behind San Francisco and San Jose, California.
The Boston metro area is the 25th-most expensive out of the 150 most-populous places in the U.S.
This Wisconsin metro area ranks sixth for quality of life overall, and 17th for residents' sense of well-being, based on the Sharecare Community Well-Being Index.