2017 Best Neighborhoods to Live in America

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

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    Pacific Highlands Ranch

    • Neighborhood in San Diego, CA
    • 3 reviews
    Niche User:I live in a very wonderful area and I have access to everything I need. It's a fairly wealthy and very clean area. The only aspect of this area that I do not like is how superficial some people are; there are a lot of plastic surgeons who get lots of business around here and it is a little off-putting how fake people's bodies are and sometimes their personality matches that superficiality.
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    • Neighborhood in Washington, D.C.
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    Black Mountain Ranch

    • Neighborhood in San Diego, CA
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    Del Mar Mesa

    • Neighborhood in San Diego, CA
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    Torrey Highlands

    • Neighborhood in San Diego, CA
    • 12 reviews
    Niche User:This area is really nice and quiet so there aren't really any disturbances whatsoever. Everyone is really nice to each other and no one gets mad at each other.
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    Carmel Valley

    • Neighborhood in San Diego, CA
    • 41 reviews
    Current Resident:Great place to live for families! Lots of wonderful parks, easy access to a variety of dining, and low crime. However, like most places in San Diego, the cost of living is extremely high.
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    Triangle State

    • Neighborhood in Austin, TX
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    Northwest Heights

    • Neighborhood in Portland, OR
    • 15 reviews
    Niche User:I've lived here since I was born. I loved the people, the clean air, fresh water, and access to good healthy food in a sustainable city.
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    Torrey Pines

    • Neighborhood in San Diego, CA
    • 16 reviews
    Niche User:It's gorgeous, laid-back, and everyone's friendly.
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    • Neighborhood in Houston, TX
    • 69 reviews
    Current Resident:The Memorial area is very nice. While it is an expensive area, there are still areas that are affordable for middle class families. You get the big trees and yards, while being in the city. The schools in the area are highly ranked academically. The only place I have lived so far that I feel safe at any time of day or night. There is also police patrol through each subdivision day and night. There are always people walking and are always friendly. It is very convenient to major freeways and parts of town. Overall, safety is the biggest plus!
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    Sabre Springs

    • Neighborhood in San Diego, CA
    • 12 reviews
    Niche User:This area is pretty great... I mean there's so much to do! You can go to the beach, there's so many beautiful malls to hit, and there's just everything - everywhere. San Diego is cool because the landscape changes every 20 miles in each and every direction you head. I think it's very pretty, and a fun place to be. Plus, most of the people are so super friendly and outgoing.

    But it has its downsides. Like (of course in California), mostly everyone is a horrible driver. There can be traffic, but it is not nearly as bad as LA - so I don't really mind. But, I honestly couldn't even count how many times someone has carelessly almost hit me in the 5 months that I've lived here. Also, even though I was told that its 80 degrees year round here many times, it's totally NOT. So, be prepared for solid 60 degree weather at times.

    Other than that San Diego is awesome!
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    Villa de la Valle

    • Neighborhood in San Diego, CA
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    Battery Park City

    • Neighborhood in New York City, NY
    • 6 reviews
    Current Resident:The parks, the activities, the views , the schools, the convenience, and now the stores and restaurants are all reasons to love BPC. Every neighborhood in NYC may have downsides - you give up something - parks for restaurants or schools for convenience - not in BPC. Love it here!
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    Torrey Hills

    • Neighborhood in San Diego, CA
    • 4 reviews
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    Foxhall Crescents

    • Neighborhood in Washington, D.C.
    • 4 reviews
    Niche User:A great place to live but a little expensive
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    Rincon Hill

    • Neighborhood in San Francisco, CA
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    Regent Square

    • Neighborhood in Pittsburgh, PA
    • 9 reviews
    Niche User:It's not perfect, i.e. it is an urban environment, but things are pretty safe overall.
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    Astrodome Area

    • Neighborhood in Houston, TX
    • 1 review
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    Easton Park

    • Neighborhood in Tampa, FL
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    Healy Heights

    • Neighborhood in Portland, OR
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    Monterey Heights

    • Neighborhood in San Francisco, CA
    • 2 reviews
    Niche User:San Francisco, and West Portal in particular, is a family oriented, area of the Bay. I love living here and it is an easy commute to downtown San Francisco and Silicon Vally.
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    Campbell Green

    • Neighborhood in Dallas, TX
    • 2 reviews
    Niche User:The public educational facilities are far better than the location where I originally came from and I think there will be many successful figures emerging from the Dallas/Plano area in the future.
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    Presidio National Park

    • Neighborhood in San Francisco, CA
    • 1 review
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    Harbour Island

    • Neighborhood in Tampa, FL
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    Central Waterfront

    • Neighborhood in San Francisco, CA