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2018 Places to Live Rankings

Explore the best places to live in every state based on statistics and expert insights. See how we calculate these rankings.

Best Places to Live

Explore the best places to live based on crime, quality of schools, things to do, and cost of living.


Explore the safest places to live in America based on crime statistics.

Best Public Schools

Explore the places with the best public schools based on test scores, quality of teachers, diversity, and student and parent reviews.

Best Places to Buy a House

Explore the best places to buy a house based on home values, property taxes, housing costs, and local schools.

Most Diverse

Explore the most diverse places in the U.S. based on ethnic and economic diversity statistics from the U.S. Census.

Cost of Living

Explore the cheapest cities to live in America relative to income.

Best for Millennials

Explore the best places for millennials based on job opportunities, affordable housing, and access to bars and restaurants.

Best for Retirees

Explore the best places for retirees based on number of retirees, weather, and access to healthcare and entertainment.


Explore the healthiest places in the U.S. based on rates of smoking, alcohol abuse, and obesity as well as access to healthcare, mental health, and fitness centers.