LEXINGTON, Ky (FOX 56) — A report by U.S. News analyzed 150 metro areas with the highest population in order to find which was the best to live in. Rankings were based on strength of the job market, quality of life, desirability, and value.

Lexington ranked 34th for the best metropolitans to live in the U.S. with an overall rating of 6.4, derived from the following:

  • Desirability: 4.6
  • Value: 7.6
  • Job market: 6
  • Quality of life: 6.9
  • Net migration: 5.9

The report attributes Lexington’s ranking to the large economic boost of horse racing in the area as well as the influx of educated young professionals that come from the University of Kentucky and surrounding colleges.

The low cost of living accompanied by the high volume of available homes and rentals provides the opportunity for any socioeconomic classification to find suitable housing, attributing to the overall value of Lexington.

Just above the rankings, coming in at number 33, is Knoxville, Tennessee, which shares a similar set of rankings but slightly edges out Lexington in terms of value with a score of 7.9.

To see how Lexington stacks up against other metropolitan cities in the U.S. you can visit realestate.usnews.com.