Sarasota has ranked 34th in U.S. News & World Report’s annual 50 Best Places to Live in the United States list. U.S. News & World Report is an expert on these sort of ratings, reports Newsweek, and use complex statistical analysis and surveys to create this list.

The multi-platform publisher evaluated the 125 most populous areas of the United States to establish this list. Their calculations are based on four indexes: “Desirability,” “Value,” “Job Market,” and “Quality of Life.” These calculations account for a wide range of qualities, from education, to crime rates, to unemployment.

“U.S. News created the Best Places to Live to highlight areas across the country that have the characteristics residents are looking for, including steady job growth and affordability,” says Kim Castro, executive editor at U.S. News. “The top-ranked places are areas where citizens can feel the most fulfilled socially, physically and financially.”

Sarasota scored 6.4 on Desirability, 5.3 on Value, 6.2 on Job Market, and 7.3 on Quality of Life, for a total score of 6.7/10. Local expert Vanessa Carceres cited the city’s “warm temperatures year-round, award-winning beaches and a thriving arts and cultural scene” as reasons it made the list. She also took note of Sarasota’s growing economy and strong job market for healthcare, tourism, and small businesses.

Sarasota is also ranked first in U.S. News & World Report’s 100 Best Places to Retire list.

To read the Newsweek article on the list, click here.

To view the list on the U.S. News & World Report website, click here.