2016 Best Cities to Live in America

Explore the best cities to live in the U.S. based on crime, public schools, cost of living, job opportunities, and local amenities. Ranking based on city data from the U.S. Census, FBI, BLS, CDC, and other sources.

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    • City in Virginia
    • 34 reviews
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    • City in Massachusetts
    • 10 reviews
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    • City in Maryland
    • 170 reviews
    Niche User:I love the education system here in the area, as well as the sense of community that everyone has where we all seem to understand each other.
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    Ann Arbor

    • City in Michigan
    • 223 reviews
    Niche User:I live on a college campus in Ann Arbor and the area is great. There are seemingly endless choices of things to do and places to go, and every time you walk around town you notice something new. The campus is great and the area surrounding the campus is just as beautiful and enjoyable.
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    • City in Texas
    • 484 reviews
    Niche User:I've lived here my whole life, and can't recall any crimes occurring in my neighborhood, and have only read or heard about a few robberies in the surrounding areas.
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    Overland Park

    • City in Kansas
    • 244 reviews
    Niche User:The schools in this area are great and have helped me with University so much. I felt very prepared for college and am glad I had the opportunity to attend such a great school. The general atmosphere is very nice. People are friendly, there is lots to do, and tons of restaurant options.
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    • City in Colorado
    • 153 reviews
    Niche User:I absolutely love Boulder and I cant imagine a better place to live. Everyone is fit, outdoorsy, nice and down to earth. The setting is idealistic. The community is tight knit. The town does an incredible job of maintaining all the landscape etc. It has great public schools, and i love how its a college town. It's also within range of both great skiing areas, and Denver.
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    • City in California
    • 28 reviews
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    • City in Minnesota
    • 112 reviews
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    • City in Washington
    • 16 reviews
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    • City in California
    • 75 reviews
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    • City in California
    • 132 reviews
    Niche User:Sunnyvale PD does a great job and responds promptly to any emergencies in the city. They deal with difficult situations in an organized manner and try to avoid catching unwanted audience involved.
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    • City in Virginia
    • 52 reviews
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    San Francisco

    • City in California
    • 127 reviews
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    Round Rock

    • City in Texas
    • 160 reviews
    Niche User:The neighbors are wonderful and the area is great for kids. Multiple parks for the kids throughout neighborhood and a nice community pools for all ages.
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    • City in Texas
    • 137 reviews
    Niche User:The atmosphere is perfect. I met many great neighbors that are willing to help each other whenever someone needs help. I feel safe within my house knowing that we are protected by the police department a few blocks away.
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    • City in Illinois
    • 388 reviews
    Niche User:I would definitely choose to live in Naperville, IL again. This suburb is an amazing place to grow up in, no where in Naperville is run down, almost every neighborhood is well kept. Stores, shops, restaurants and movie theaters are all close by. Downtown Naperville is a gorgeous area with everything you could imagine, nail places, boutiques, food places, book stores, antique stores and many more. Their school system is also impeccable, my high school has a Grammy award for education and it is a Blue Ribbon school. All of the high schools around me are fantastic as well. This town is a fantastic family oriented place to live and an amazing place to raise children.
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    • City in Texas
    • 1,014 reviews
    Niche User:There are times of interaction that one meets new people and find out they are very friendly, sometimes leading into a friendship afterwards.
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    • City in Utah
    • 783 reviews
    Niche User:Everyone tries to get involved with helping each other have a fun and successful college experience. It is great that so many people are so friendly.
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    The Woodlands

    • City in Texas
    • 224 reviews
    Niche User:This place is great to settle down and raise a family in. I think that most people who leave do so because of work. Some neighborhoods are very close and have regular block parties, and others are the opposite. It's just the luck of the draw with the sense of "community" in a specific neighborhood.
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    • City in Washington
    • 142 reviews
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    • City in Arizona
    • 544 reviews
    Niche User:Tempe is a very pet friendly community as they are many parks that give the owners bags to pick up after their animals. There are also gated dog parks that keep dogs inside a large fenced area and can be free of a leash. Mill Avenue is always have community events that the public can enjoy and participate in. Since ASU is in Tempe, the community is always coming together to support their sports teams.
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    Fort Collins

    • City in Colorado
    • 509 reviews
    Niche User:I have grown up in this City and all community members have always taken great pride in supporting one another, the schools, and the community as a whole.
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    • City in Missouri
    • 255 reviews
    Niche User:It depends on who you are as a person. Columbia is a college town (University of Missouri) and if you like a college, young atmosphere, Columbia is great. Also, if you are an artsy person (like films and festivals) Columbia is great.
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    • City in Minnesota
    • 152 reviews
    Niche User:The area of Minneapolis is very affordable wherever you plan to live. There are many job opportunities out there where you can find a job to work at. The atmosphere is very nice and calm due to the seasons. The seasons comes and go which is a great way to experience different kinds of seasons. I would love to raise a family here to experience life in Minnesota. What I see for the future in Minneapolis is a better community. The community will soon get better through schools and citizens who lives here in this area.
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