3 Colorado cities listed as best large places to live in U.S.

DENVER — Personal-finance website WalletHub released its report on the best large cities to live in the U.S.

Denver took the No. 9 spot, while Colorado Springs ranked No. 5. Aurora also made the list, checking in at No. 17.

WalletHub’s analysts evaluated the 62 largest U.S. cities in terms of 50 key metrics.

The data set ranges from quality of public school system to job opportunities to median annual property taxes.

The livability was ranked from 1 for best to 31 as average. Denver ranked high for income growth (third), job opportunities (fourth) and quality of public hospital system (sixth).

Other rankings included walkability (20th), access to public transportation (23rd), quality of public school system (25th), violent crime rate (31st) and housing costs (34th).

Virginia Beach, Virginia, was ranked No. 1, followed by Seattle, Pittsburgh and San Diego. After Colorado Springs was Austin, Texas; Minneapolis; Las Vegas; Denver; and San Jose, California.