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These 6 SEC Cities Made U.S. News’ 125 Best Places to Live in 2019
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When it comes to college football, nothing compares to the Southeastern Conference. The league is always so dominant and fun to watch each and every year. As it turns out, living in SEC country isn’t too shabby, either.

According to U.S. News & World Report’s “125 Best Places to Live in the USA,” there are a few cities in the South that certainly make some SEC schools very proud to call home. A total of six college cities from the conference made the cut for 2019.

Although Austin, Texas — the home of the Big 12’s Texas Longhorns — has been tabbed as the No. 1 place to live in the United States, there is absolutely nothing wrong with nearly half of the league being represented on the list.

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In order to make the cut, the SEC cities have to have at least 50,000 people. Other factors include a place with good value, a desirable place to live, a strong job market, and a high quality of life.

That means SEC towns like Oxford, Mississippi (Ole Miss Rebels) and Starkville, Mississippi (Mississippi State University Bulldogs) didn’t qualify.

So which SEC with’s made the list? Let’s find out.

No. 4 — Fayetteville, Arkansas (University of Arkansas)
No. 15 — Nashville, Tennessee (Vanderbilt University)
No. 29 — Lexington, Kentucky (University of Kentucky)
No. 46 — Knoxville, Tennessee (University of Tennessee)
No. 67 — Columbia, South Carolina (University of South Carolina)
No. 109 — Baton Rouge, Louisiana (Louisiana State University)

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Congrats to the Arkansas Razorbacks, Vanderbilt Commodores, Kentucky Wildcats, Tennessee Volunteers, South Carolina Gamecocks and LSU Tigers. You certainly have the most bragging rights when it comes to living in America.

The U.S. News & World Report says so.

That means Gainesville, Florida (University of Florida), Athens, Georgia (University of Georgia), Columbia, Missouri (University of Missouri), College Station, Texas (Texas A&M University), Tuscaloosa, Alabama (University of Alabama) and Auburn, Alabama (Auburn University) did not make the list and have some work to do.

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Although there are some redeeming qualities to each college town in the SEC, including NCAA football games and a crazy night life for college students, this list is by no means the final say. Still, this is definitely how the outside world feels about the best college cities in the SEC that many have grown to love and call home over the years.

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With over 10 years of sports writing experience, Brett has covered some of the top local, regional, and national sporting events in the Heartland for both print and digital platforms. He is a graduate of Kansas State University and resides in Austin, Texas.
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