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Casa da Música, Portugal. By Rosan Harmens

Scores for “value,” a blend of annual household income and cost of living, and “quality of life,” which accounts for crime, college readiness, commute, and other factors, are included below on a 10-point scale, as well as the city’s population and median annual salary.

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In his play The Merchant of Venice, Shakespeare wrote, "But love is blind, and lovers cannot see / The pretty follies that themselves commit" — 2.6.36-37.

Clearly, people have been perceiving love as a force incapable of perceiving the flaws of others for hundreds, if not thousands, of years. Even a verse in the Bible states that "love keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices in the truth" — 1 Corinthians 13:5-6.

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