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2022 Best Cities to Live in America

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  1. #1 Best Cities to Live in America.

    The Woodlands

    City in Texas,

    469 Niche users give it an average review of 4.3 stars.

    Featured Review: Current Resident says A vibrant and thriving town, both very friendly for family and fun. It's got great schools, walking areas and parks, and massive healthcare infrastructure. I really enjoy that it creates a great blend for expats and travellers, you can meet people from all backgrounds. Houston is 40 minutes away, but you really do not need to go there - you've got...There are a lot of great places for dining and leisure - from huge Pavillion for music concerts, to top-notch restaurants, very elegant Waterway for strolls and music. I would argue the town has got some European vibe, relaxed and classy, which is a bit different from the rest of Texas..

    Read 469 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Population: 114,532,

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  2. #2 Best Cities to Live in America.

    Cambridge

    City in Massachusetts,

    121 Niche users give it an average review of 4.3 stars.

    Featured Review: Current Resident says Cambridge is small town, but has excellent resources and opportunities for middle school all the way through high school and college. Cambridge is very a diverse place. It's a small place where....

    Read 121 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Population: 117,822,

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  3. #3 Best Cities to Live in America.

    Naperville

    City in Illinois,

    657 Niche users give it an average review of 4.2 stars.

    Featured Review: Former Resident says Grew up in Naperville and while growing up in lower socioeconomic class than many peers was challenging, education received was top notch. I would hire anyone from Naperville before I'd hire someone....

    Read 657 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Population: 147,734,

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  4. #4 Best Cities to Live in America.

    Arlington

    City in Virginia,

    247 Niche users give it an average review of 4.5 stars.

    Featured Review: Current Resident says Arlington is great for college students! Lots of restaurants and places to shop. It is so close to Washington D.C. that it is easy to find internships, jobs, and other opportunities. You can take the....

    Read 247 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Population: 236,434,

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  5. #5 Best Cities to Live in America.

    Overland Park

    City in Kansas,

    445 Niche users give it an average review of 4.2 stars.

    Featured Review: Current Resident says Overland Park is a nice, warming, growing city, with lots of fun hidden things to do. For example, there are many fun hiking trails, exhibits, and neat restaurants to eat. Overland Park is apart of....

    Read 445 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Population: 193,412,

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  6. #6 Best Cities to Live in America.

    Ann Arbor

    City in Michigan,

    537 Niche users give it an average review of 4.3 stars.

    Featured Review: Former Resident says Truly a magical place! A2 exists in its own world and operates drastically different from anywhere outside the city line. As the most educated city in America, A2 is full of sharp and highly...Pro tip living here: take little trips into the real world (outside city lines) to give yourself a mental break sometimes. A2 is such a highly academic environment (even if you're not in school) it....

    Read 537 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Population: 121,093,

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  7. #7 Best Cities to Live in America.

    Columbia

    City in Maryland,

    390 Niche users give it an average review of 4.2 stars.

    Featured Review: Current Resident says Best place in the greater Baltimore Washington area to live. Much better prices than DC area and lovely diverse neighborhoods. Great school system (Howard County, MD). Lots of parks and....

    Read 390 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Population: 105,412,

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  8. #8 Best Cities to Live in America.

    Berkeley

    City in California,

    191 Niche users give it an average review of 4.1 stars.

    Featured Review: Current Resident says Living in Berkeley has been an extremely eye-opening experience. I am currently attending the University of California Berkeley so I have been able to experience the city first hand. The public....

    Read 191 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Population: 123,065,

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  9. #9 Best Cities to Live in America.

    Plano

    City in Texas,

    894 Niche users give it an average review of 4.1 stars.

    Featured Review: Works Here says I moved to Plano at age 14, I would recommend this city to those with children, especially in the center of Plano (From Dallas North Tollway to Highway 75). This city truly has everything you need.....

    Read 894 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Population: 288,870,

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  10. #10 Best Cities to Live in America.

    Irvine

    City in California,

    539 Niche users give it an average review of 4.4 stars.

    Featured Review: Nearby Resident says I love Irvine! I went to UCI for my bachelors degree and it was a beautiful area. There are many activities to do beyond campus life. My friends and I would ride our bikes in the park and then get....

    Read 539 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Population: 272,694,

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  11. #11 Best Cities to Live in America.

    Bellevue

    City in Washington,

    176 Niche users give it an average review of 4.4 stars.

    Featured Review: Current Resident says Clean, friendly, and inviting place. Housing affordability is questionable. Commute time is decent because there are a ton of public transportation options. Family friendly areas everywhere. Safety....

    Read 176 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Population: 146,145,

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  12. #12 Best Cities to Live in America.

    Richardson

    City in Texas,

    316 Niche users give it an average review of 4.1 stars.

    Featured Review: Current Resident says Mid-level college town close to Dallas. Lots of restaurants, but also lots of traffic. It has pretty parks. There are a lot of stores nearby, and many events happening. It is overall very safe too. I....

    Read 316 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Population: 118,583,

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  13. #13 Best Cities to Live in America.

    Seattle

    City in Washington,

    971 Niche users give it an average review of 4.2 stars.

    Featured Review: Current Resident says Seattle, WA, is the most generous city in the USA that I've ever lived in. It has a reputation, outside of Seattle for it's people being a bit frosty. It's not that, it's a decent respect for other....

    Read 971 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Population: 741,251,

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  14. #14 Best Cities to Live in America.

    San Francisco

    City in California,

    933 Niche users give it an average review of 4.2 stars.

    Featured Review: Current Resident says Overwhelming! There are so many things to see, do, smell, and eat! So many opportunities that were never presented to me before. I spent half of my life in Hawaii and the other half in the desert of....

    Read 933 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Population: 874,784,

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  15. #15 Best Cities to Live in America.

    Madison

    City in Wisconsin,

    732 Niche users give it an average review of 4 stars.

    Featured Review: Current Resident says Madison is a wonderful city with a lot to offer! It feels very safe, has a fairly reasonable affordability (especially compared to places on the coast), and has great amenities (extensive bike path....

    Read 732 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Population: 258,366,

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  16. #16 Best Cities to Live in America.

    Sunnyvale

    City in California,

    255 Niche users give it an average review of 4.1 stars.

    Featured Review: Current Resident says Located within a bustling metropolis, Sunnyvale contains opportunities of all kinds. There are many companies in the tech sector in Sunnyvale. It is a beautiful city with lots of parks and amenities....

    Read 255 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Population: 152,569,

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  17. #17 Best Cities to Live in America.

    Raleigh

    City in North Carolina,

    1260 Niche users give it an average review of 4.1 stars.

    Featured Review: Current Resident says Overall i’ve loved growing up in Raleigh. To me it’s kind of like you get a tiny piece of different cake every corner you go to. so many experiences and different people you can meet all within a 25....

    Read 1260 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Population: 469,698,

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  18. #18 Best Cities to Live in America.

    Pittsburgh

    City in Pennsylvania,

    760 Niche users give it an average review of 4.3 stars.

    Featured Review: Former Resident says Pittsburgh has done an amazing job of reinventing itself in the last 40 years! It offers a beautiful down town triangle with many museums and amazing local eateries in the communites that surround....

    Read 760 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Population: 301,286,

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  19. #19 Best Cities to Live in America.

    Boulder

    City in Colorado,

    328 Niche users give it an average review of 4 stars.

    Featured Review: Current Resident says Love it! I was a student at CU Boulder, and this city has the perfect college-town vibe, while still having plenty of other stuff to do. And you can't beat these views!.

    Read 328 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Population: 108,777,

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  20. #20 Best Cities to Live in America.

    Minneapolis

    City in Minnesota,

    653 Niche users give it an average review of 4.2 stars.

    Featured Review: Current Resident says Minneapolis is a culturally diverse and vibrantly rich city. It's an intersection of many different histories, which are celebrated, and sometimes passionately debated, by its residents. ....

    Read 653 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A,

    Population: 424,536,

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  21. #21 Best Cities to Live in America.

    Scottsdale

    City in Arizona,

    364 Niche users give it an average review of 4.5 stars.

    Featured Review: Current Resident says 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....

    Read 364 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A,

    Population: 254,995,

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  22. #22 Best Cities to Live in America.

    Sandy Springs

    City in Georgia,

    210 Niche users give it an average review of 4.1 stars.

    Featured Review: Current Resident says I love Sandy Springs. I moved here from downtown Atlanta and have lived here with my family for the last ten years. The nature and scenery here are beautiful, the people are nice, and its close....

    Read 210 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A,

    Population: 108,180,

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  23. #23 Best Cities to Live in America.

    Torrance

    City in California,

    302 Niche users give it an average review of 4.3 stars.

    Featured Review: Current Resident says I believe the city of Torrance is a diverse and safe city in Southern California! The Torrance unified school district is one of the best districts, and also has the best hospitals in the area. A....

    Read 302 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A,

    Population: 144,430,

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  24. #24 Best Cities to Live in America.

    Santa Clara

    City in California,

    205 Niche users give it an average review of 3.9 stars.

    Featured Review: Current Resident says I am in love with Santa Clara, it's culturally diverse. Hospitals are close and roads are close to freeways. The stores are walking distance. Santa clara electric system is separate from PG&E, making....

    Read 205 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A,

    Population: 126,723,

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  25. #25 Best Cities to Live in America.

    Austin

    City in Texas,

    2362 Niche users give it an average review of 4.2 stars.

    Featured Review: Current Resident says I would consider the Commute Time and Cost of Living to be the biggest downsides of Austin, TX. It's a huge and rapidly growing city, which means everything is pretty expensive and traffic is bad.However, I have lived here for the past 5 years and I love it! There is so much diversity and so much to do. There are so many different people from different backgrounds to meet, and so many...I've spent all of my high school experience in Austin. The school I go to has it's down sides, but it's pretty great. My high school in Austin has definitely been better than my middle school in...Overall, Austin is a great place to live..

    Read 2362 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A,

    Population: 965,872,

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