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Philadelphia Nearly Cracks Top 70 in List of Best Places to Live

Washington is No. 4. You're closing in, Philly!

Awesome statue, Philadelphia! (Photograph via iStock.)

Philadelphia is the 77th-best place to live in the United States, according to a new ranking from US News and World Report. It falls just shy of the Washington, DC area, which is No. 4. US News’s editors judged Philadelphia, a large city north of Washington, to be a better place than Scranton, Pennsylvania; New Haven, Connecticut; and McAllen, Texas, among many other communities. Philadelphia’s many charms include a free-spirited approach to swimming facilities and a refreshingly non-uptight view about religious-statue ownership.

Congratulations to Philadelphia!

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Andrew Beaujon joined Washingtonian in late 2014. He was previously with the Poynter Institute,, and Washington City Paper. He lives in Del Ray.