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WalletHub, which keeps statistics on cities and states, ranks San Diego as 7th best city in which to live among the 62 largest urban centers.

Among the factors considered are school systems, percentage of people smoking, obesity, participation in physical activities, number of fitness centers, life expectancy, job market, city budget, energy expense, and tax rate as a percentage of income.

San Diego comes in sixth — fifth in livability, third in education, eighth in health, and 33rd in local economy and taxes.

The best city is Austin, Texas, followed by Raleigh, North Carolina, Colorado Springs, and San Jose. The four worst are Cleveland, Philadelphia, Memphis, and the one that, to no one's surprise, is dead last: Detroit.

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Visduh Aug. 3, 2015 @ 1:33 p.m.

My first reaction was that the rating was generous. With the high housing cost, relatively low pay and traffic congestion, I'd have thought it would rank lower. But we need to note that while San Diego ranks high on some amenities, the economy doesn't show up as strong at all. But, some how, that didn't really pull it down. One surprise is the San Jose ranked even higher. It's a costly place to live, but the tech industry pays much better. And that probably makes up for the smog, traffic, and lack of beach.

I wasn't surprised at those bottom rankings, except for Memphis. Nashville seems to have a lot going for it now, but that doesn't rub off across the state in the city on the river.

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Don Bauder Aug. 3, 2015 @ 9:36 p.m.

Visduh: San Jose's cost of living is higher than San Diego's, but its salaries are much higher. San Jose residents -- particularly if they are in tech -- don't have as much of an income/outgo squeeze as San Diegans. Best, Don Bauder

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Visduh Aug. 3, 2015 @ 4:14 p.m.

I'd say indications are that asking opinions of residents is one thing they DON"T do. It is much easier and cleaner to do it with published statistics, from your office.

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Don Bauder Aug. 4, 2015 @ 7:30 a.m.

Visduh: Actually, polling residents of all the cities would be impossibly expensive, and comparisons would probably be invidious. I look at those WalletHub studies and find them good. I realize a lot of these studies comparing states, universities, cities, etc. are misleading. But WalletHub does a good job.

Does anyone remember the study that declared Coronado as one of the best U.S. locations for young swingers? That was a couple of years ago. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder Aug. 3, 2015 @ 9:37 p.m.

Murphyjunk: They ask the outta-town experts. Best, Don Bauder

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AlexClarke Aug. 4, 2015 @ 6:16 a.m.

If you ask the residents of La Jolla or Del Mar or . . . you will get the answers to rank San Diego in the top 10 but if you ask the residents around 10th and Island . . . . well.

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Don Bauder Aug. 4, 2015 @ 7:32 a.m.

AlexClarke: You have put your finger on how public opinion polls are rigged. By selectively choosing the people who are polled, you can get any answer you want. Best, Don Bauder

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swell Aug. 3, 2015 @ 6:52 p.m.

I guessed Austin when I saw the headline. Odd to have that flower of energy and creativity in, of all places, Texas. That's what I look for- creativity. Hard to find in a conservative environment, a military town like SD. But that is a common denominator for most successful cities. It energizes the arts, of course, but creativity also inspires business, entertainment, science and much more.

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Don Bauder Aug. 3, 2015 @ 9:38 p.m.

swell: I always say that Austin is the one civilized city in Texas. Best, Don Bauder

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MichaelValentine Aug. 3, 2015 @ 9:14 p.m.

It's all about the weather, or is it our football team?

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Don Bauder Aug. 3, 2015 @ 9:39 p.m.

MichaelValentine: The weather is perfect. The football team isn't -- and doesn't want to stay in San Diego anyway. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder Aug. 3, 2015 @ 9:40 p.m.

Luke Bourassa: Mea culpa -- a typo I missed. Best, Don Bauder

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