By David K. Li
March 2, 2016 | 12:45pm
New York City is one of the worst most populous places to live in America, barely edging out dusty hellholes like Fresno, a study of the nation’s choicest urban enclaves revealed Wednesday.
US News & World Report analyzed 100 cities from the nation’s largest metro areas, basing evaluations on the local job market, affordability and quality-of-life measures that included crime, education and transit measures.
New York was ranked No. 96 — just ahead of Fresno, Stockton, Modesto and No. 100 San Juan, Puerto Rico — largely because of the city’s sky high housing prices.
“Affordable housing is an ongoing problem in New York City, with one-bedroom apartments renting for several thousand dollars a month,” according to the mag.
“Housing costs have also risen in the other boroughs – especially Brooklyn, where recent gentrification has led to a booming arts, cultural and foodie scene. Some Brooklyn residents muse that they’re feeling priced out of their neighborhoods and are now considering apartments in Manhattan.”
Denver, Austin, Fayetteville, Raleigh-Durham and Colorado Springs were deemed the best five places to live, according to the mag.
Other notable rankings included: No. 30 Boston, No. 36 Albany, No. 53 Syracuse, No. 57 Buffalo, No. 59 Hartford, No. 60 Rochester, No. 82 Philadelphia and No. 88 New Haven.