#1 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in Virginia
- 210 reviews
Current Resident: Arlington is a very clean and open-minded town with educated individuals and businesses that are dedicated to producing less waste. Many stores and retail centers are modern and well-kept. It is a family friendly area with great public schools. However, traffic is prevalent and real estate prices are through the roof. But, living a healthy lifestyle is easy in Arlington with many healthy food options and amazing trails all over!
- 231,803 Population
#2 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in Texas
- 412 reviews
Current Resident: We have lived all over (San Diego, DC, Chicago, Dallas, San Antonio, Jacksonville). The Woodlands is great, especially if you have a family. Great schools. Good people. Very safe! Clean. The Woodlands and its various villages are spread out in both Montgomery County and Harris County. The newest homes are in Creekside/Harris County and they range from $350K to $1.3+ million. Creekside is associated with Tomball ISD, which is a solid school system and less Beverly Hills 90210 and without the mega 1,500 student high school senior class that you see in Conroe ISD/older sections of The Woodlands. There are mega rich sections of The Woodlands in Montgomery Co. near Hughes Landing, but several older sections too with average, but aging housing. Montgomery Co. courts are MUCH tougher on criminals than Harris County and criminals know that, BUT Constable Precinct 4 has the paid contract to patrol Creekside so the police service is outstanding and dedicated to patrolling the area.
- 109,843 Population
#3 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in Illinois
- 622 reviews
Current Resident: Naperville is a nice town to grow up in! It's big enough where there are a lot of things to do but small enough that you get to know a lot of it's residents and make good connections with people. Unfortunately, the one thing that Naperville lacks is diversity. It has increased it's minority population within the last couple of years but it still lacks the ability to include all those people and make it feel like a more inclusive community
- 147,411 Population
#4 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in Michigan
- 505 reviews
Niche User: A sweet and enjoyable small town! Ann Arbor offers everything that you need in your day to day life. The town is filled with restaurants, shops, music venues, fantastic schools, grocery stores and the best farmers market! I really enjoy the small town feel, but it is also nice that we have access to Detroit and if you are up to a big adventure Chicago is only 4 hours away! I am here as a graduate student and I am very glad I chose to come to Ann Arbor. Everyday you will see students, working professionals, and retirees walking around the town, eating at restaurants and truly enjoying life! Also, the ARBORETUM is to die for (trust me, you will want to go see this place). I can definitely see myself raising my kids here one day! DEFINITELY A MUST SEE TOWN!
- 120,641 Population
#5 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in Texas
- 841 reviews
Current Resident: Plano, Tx is a Great Place to raise a family! People are very friendly and clean. I love parks and malls that surround Plano. Downtown Plano has a lot to offer for the nightlife; amazing spots to eat, walk and beautiful urban sightseeings are available as well. Plano is a quiet place to raise a family, they provide good public education, friendly environment, good food. One thing Plano lacks is diversity, which is getting better now. People are always involved in some activities, walking their dogs, jogging and most importantly they are active on neighborhood safety. Homeowners get together to keep the area safe(night-watch). Overall Plano is the best place to make long-lasting memories with your family and friends, I know I did!
- 284,579 Population
#6 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in Kansas
- 416 reviews
Current Resident: Overland Park is a great suburb of Kansas City. It has a terrific family atmosphere. There are plenty of places to eat and shop. OP also has great sports facilities including a world class youth soccer complex as well as several top notch sports academies. Sitting just 15 minutes outside of Kansas City, Overland Park also has access to world-class performing arts, KC Royals, KC Chiefs, the College Basketball Experience including the entertainment district Power & Light, Country Club Plaza, Crown Center (Hallmark), and much more. Of course being the BBQ capital of the nation we also are close to KC Joe's, Hayward's, Jack Stack, Gates and more!
- 188,687 Population
#7 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in Maryland
- 367 reviews
Nearby Resident: Columbia, MD is very family friendly and has the conveniences that all families needs such as supermarkets, malls, boutique shops, and restaurants. There are many places that you can enjoy outdoor leisure time and never have to worry about personal safety. The community is diverse and allows people to freely enjoy the secret treasures of this bedroom community. What takes it over the top is that there are options for all -- Walmart, Target, Sam's or Costco. A step further, there is Trader Joe's, Mom's and Whole Foods. One can enjoy reading a book at Barnes and Nobles, or having hot tea at the local IHOP. You can walk, jog or run around the lake, or just sit and enjoy the view. And, do not forget to pamper yourself at any number of the spas, nail shops and salons. And the warmer months allow you to enjoy the sounds of music at Merriweather Post Pavilion, which draws some of the hottest talent and largest crowds! Welcome to Columbia, MD - we are waiting for you...
- 103,663 Population
#8 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in Massachusetts
- 100 reviews
Current Resident: I initially moved to Cambridge for school, and I love it! Yes, the winters can be a bit annoying - they're a bit longer than I'm used to. But everything else about Cambridge is A+. The public schools are amazing, and there are many universities in the area so it's a great place to be for young adults! Cambridge is rich with restaurants, bars, parks, and residential areas. You get to take advantage of all the opportunities in Boston, but live in a little bit quieter (and cheaper) area!
- 115,665 Population
#9 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in California
- 170 reviews
Current Resident: Moving to Berkeley is undoubtably the best decision I have ever made! This particular city is wildly diverse and full of vibrance and excitement. Overlooking the high-cost of living that comes with the Bay Area -- the weather and college atmosphere are unprecedented. I highly recommend living here. After all, everyone deserves the happiness and opportunity this community offers to its residents.
- 120,926 Population
#10 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in Washington
- 148 reviews
Current Resident: I think Bellevue is a wonderful city to live in. It is very clean, the neighborhoods are well kept, and the school system is highly rated. The bus system enables accessible transportation and students in public high schools are given unlimited bus cards. The diversity in Bellevue is also amazing. Families from all over the world move to Bellevue. As a high school student, the student body at my school is incredibly diverse, I have friends from Romania, India, Poland, Spain, and many other countries. This diversity allows students to have a more open view of the world, which I believe is very beneficial. Unfortunately, however, the city of Bellevue is not very affordable, especially in terms of the housing market.
- 142,242 Population
#11 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in California
- 472 reviews
Visitor: I really enjoy this city because of how clean and open the roads are; overall the city feels breathable due to the low amount of tall buildings and offers several places to surround yourself with nature on a hike. One of my favorite places to visit is the Irvine Spectrum mall because of the many places to shop, eat and socialize. I love coming with my friends and family to take the day off and simply enjoy each others company watching a movie or racing a competitive match on Mario Cart at Dave and Busters! The Great Park also has many fun activities like hopping onto the carousel or (my personal favorite) viewing the whole city and become mesmerized by the landscape from a hot air balloon. This city is truly one of my favorites and holds many dear memories of me and my loved ones.
- 265,502 Population
#12 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in Texas
- 286 reviews
Current Resident: Living in Richardson has been a thrill for the past several months. Not only do I feel safe in my home, there are plenty of parks and trails nearby to take my dog on a walk. While I am not too big into nightlife so it's not a concern, there is not a 'hit spot in town', but we are only a 20 minute drive to Dallas! While my commute is only 4 miles, I cannot explain how light the traffic is, even on Monday mornings or Friday evenings!
- 114,402 Population
#13 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in North Carolina
- 1,176 reviews
Current Resident: I have really enjoyed my time in Raleigh so far. I moved back to Raleigh after four years in western NC for college, and I had forgotten how much there is to do in the capitol city. Downtown has seen quite a bit of growth in the past few years with the addition of many new businesses, restaurants, nightlife and activities. I recommend Amorino Raleigh for desserts, Sir Walter Raleigh for coffee, Parkside Restaurant for dinner, Just Salad for lunch, North Hills and Cameron Village for shopping, the Red Hat Amphitheater for concerts, Historic Oakwood for a stroll, and Drive Shack for a late-night activity. Between the exceptional pubic schools, diverse communities, range of activities, and the bustling nightlife- there is no place like Raleigh, NC!
- 457,159 Population
#14 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in California
- 824 reviews
Current Resident: Gorgeous architecture and history, incredible opportunities for all kinds of different activities in fields such as art, culture, various kinds of cuisines, numerous parks and of course, the beach, make San Francisco a multi-faceted city.
Needless to say, the city also has issues that it needs to work on; for example helping the homeless population, or making public transport more accessible, safe and clean.
Nevertheless, the city offers so much potential for ambitious and creative people, and is just all around welcoming to visitors and people from abroad.
Another unique aspect is the climate - San Francisco’s micro climates are mind baffling, even after several years of having lived here; one neighborhood might be chilly and overcast at around 50 degrees, while another district, not 5 minutes away, is boasting sunny 69 degrees! Visitors, be warned - bring layers!
I am enjoying living in this city, and I can’t wait to watch San Francisco continue to blossom and develop!
- 870,044 Population
#15 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in Washington
- 856 reviews
Current Resident: I love living in the PNW! Residing in Seattle, I get all the benefits of a big city (good food, entertainment, a variety of schools, public transportation, job opportunities, etc...) while maintaining easy access to the beautiful nature of Washington state. There are countless forests, mountains, volcanoes, lakes, waterfalls, parks, and rivers all in easy driving distance, and there's outdoor fun year round if you enjoy skiing, snowboarding, or the like. Although some complain about the weather, it really isn't as rainy as most people make it out to be. The winter occasionally yields snow, and the summer sees sunny days occasionally nearing even ninety degrees. Seattle is pretty diverse, but even though locals generally pride themselves for being liberal and progressive that isn't to say issues like racism, police brutality, or gentrification are non-existent here. Yet every place has its issues, and in Seattle the pros far outweigh the cons!
- 708,823 Population
#16 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in Wisconsin
- 685 reviews
Current Resident: I really enjoy living in Madison, WI. For one of the bigger cities in Wisconsin, it feels very open and comfortable. Everyone is really nice and there is so much to do! I love going to different markets, museums, and just walking through the pretty parts of the university campus. It is also in such a great position, between lake Mendota and Monona, because you can have your city life, but also your outdoors/lake life through hiking and kayaking, etc. The only difficult part about the quality of living is renting is super expensive in Madison. Also, if you are a student they almost scare you into renting as soon as possible, which is usually by October!
- 252,086 Population
#17 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in California
- 238 reviews
Works Here: Sunnyvale is the city I've grown up in, and I love it! Sunnyvale has some of the best public schools, starting from elementary all the way up to high school. There are a lot of different areas in Sunnyvale to shop, explore, and have fun. There are still small businesses in Sunnyvale, such as Zanotto's Family Market, the fruit stand, and others around the city. Sunnyvale is a rather big town, but it has that small town feel. You get to know your neighbors and everyone is super friendly. For nightlife, downtown is a great place to go, filled with many restaurant choices, bars, nightclubs, and an ice rink in December. Over the summer, downtown hosts different bands for free concerts on Wednesdays, bringing the community together even more. These are just a few things that make Sunnyvale unique - come visit and see for yourself!
- 152,323 Population
#18 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in Colorado
- 306 reviews
Current Resident: Boulder has definitely earned it's title as my new home. Even in the midst of a global pandemic, the entire community from retired residents to business owners to CU students and restaurant workers have banded together to build a sense of hope and togetherness. Although the price or rent may seem high, it's all made up for with a view of the Flatirons from pretty much anywhere in the city. Boulder has a great balance of outdoor activities and city life- it's only a 5 minute drive to the mountains and a 30 minute drive to Denver! 'Sko Buffs!
- 107,360 Population
#19 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in Virginia
- 330 reviews
Former Resident: Alexandria is an enormous locale. Here you have ordinary suburbia (regions like Kingstowne), you have outstanding Old Town, excellent neighborhoods like Del Ray, and you have monstrous regions of locales in those decisions.
Living in Old Town is exceptional. Everything is walkable, there are unbelievable restaurants, shops, and preoccupation, just a few stages away. The waterfront reliably has events going on, and having the alternative to walking around the Potomac is incredibly lovely. In addition, by and by, you're essentially minutes from the National Harbor and the activities there at the MGM Grand and the rest of the national harbor.
- 156,505 Population
#20 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in California
- 266 reviews
Current Resident: The city of Torrance has an amazing feeling of home to it. Due to it being a smaller city, it is very easy to meet the people around you and live in a very connected community. Its location in comparison to other areas of Southern California is considered convenient and "in the middle of everything" by many. Although there isn't much to nightlife, the city has many beautiful and restaurants and places with unique qualities to them so one could still have an amazing night out. The city overall is a perfect place for families and even young individuals. Torrance has something to offer, no matter who you are!
- 146,392 Population
#21 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in Georgia
- 203 reviews
Current Resident: I have really enjoyed Sandy Springs! It is just a short drive from Atlanta populated with anything from families, to up and coming young professionals. There is something for everyone here. My personal favorite thing to do is visit some of the community parks and nature areas. VERY well-kept and safe for everyone.
- 105,411 Population
#22 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in Texas
- 365 reviews
Current Resident: I loved growing up in Round Rock. My parents chose to live here because the schools are good, it has a low crime rate and the cost of living is reasonable. Outdoor recreation is abundant such as boating, biking, running, fishing, hiking, swimming, outdoor theater and many, many others. There are lots of historic sites. The Chisholm Trail runs right through the center of town. The Sam Bass cemetery contains graves of people born before the American Revolution. Round Rock has the feel of a small town with easy access to larger cities. Round Rock is about 23 miles north of Austin proper. The food here is the best! Everyone knows about Texas barbecue; no food anywhere can even compare. The weather is fantastic, with Round Rock boasting about 300 days of sunshine per year. The people are friendly and there is a strong sense of community. All in all, Round Rock is a great place to live.
- 120,157 Population
#23 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in Texas
- 2,197 reviews
Current Resident: Austin Texas is a city that has become a true metroplex over the last ten years and includes all of Travis & Williamson Counties and cities including Round Rock, Pflugerville, Westlake, Manor, Leander, Cedar Park, and Liberty Hill.(to name a few). The Austin area has a thriving economy, warm and accepting population, and a culture that places community with a focus on individuality at its core. Sought out by technology, scientific, and business for it’s highly educated residents, Austin also possesses the States flagship University (UofTX Austin) which adds to the cities energy. Austin is the capital of Texas and is a hotbed for State and Federal governmental careers. The city is a wonderful combination of Urban, urban/suburban, Suburban, and rural areas that mesh well with each other and allow Austinites to live and experience many lifestyles within a short drive. Cost of living is expensive but so are salaries so most people live comfortably. Austin is a great place!
- 935,755 Population
#24 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in Arizona
- 331 reviews
Current Resident: Scottsdale has been a great place to live overall. It is well maintained and has great shopping and dining choices offering a range of cuisine. It also is pretty low on crime and feels safe wherever you go. There are also lots of opportunities to be outside with parks and green belts and lots of community members made good use of them. It is nice to see so many people out walking, running, biking, etc. and does being in a sense of community which can be harder to find nowadays. Traveling through the city is also fairly convenience as the city runs more North to South which allows people to make use of the 101 freeway fairly easily. Main arteries also run along the city to make side streets a viable option when commuting. Although they can get busy during high commute times and street lights do add delay. There are some challenges though. Compared to other areas in the greater Phoenix area, Scottsdale has expensive real estate. More diversity is also needed!
- 246,026 Population
#25 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in California
- 199 reviews
Current Resident: Lived in Maywood Park since 2005. Our son grew up here. Santa Clara has a surprisingly provincial compared to neighbor Sunnyvale which feels busier, or Mountain View which is, like Palo Alto, rather more elitist. Santa Clara is just... friendly in comparison. Bland initially, it has improved over the years with more trees and better retail. Climate is perfect. Gets a bit polluted during winter, like the rest of the bay area. Cupertino schools are truly top notch. Feel exceedingly safe. Excellent city services. Houses go for 1.5M+ in my neighborhood, but very little inventory year over year. Traffic is the main neighborhood concern due to Apple commuters. However residential streets are not really affected just avenues. Love to walk and run daily through all local streets. Busier Palo Alto feels too urban and busy for that. Overall we feel very blessed and fortunate to have landed in southwest Santa Clara!
- 126,209 Population
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