1 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in Michigan
Nearby Resident: I love Ann Arbor because it has the small town feel, while also having the city and nigh life atmosphere. The heart of this city is located on the campus of The University of Michigan, but it is also surrounded by many tight knit neighborhoods and high schools. There are unlimited restaurants located in downtown Ann Arbor. I have lived here for 16 years and still have not visited 75% of them. If you love family, food, sports, activities, adventure, great school systems, and a caring community then Ann Arbor is the perfect place!
- 119,303 Population
2 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in Illinois
Current Resident: Naperville is an excellent, family friendly city. The schools are top notch with everything in the community is geared towards creating a warm, welcoming environment for new Naperville families as well as Naperville veterans. It is always very safe and I have never felt uncomfortable or out of place even being a young female. There are always community events happening like the Naperville 5K, Ribfest, The Last Fling, or The Chocolate Walk to name a few. There is something for everyone in a community as vast as Naperville. With that, it can be more expensive to live here as the communities are a bit more upscale but there is plenty of affordable housing available. I would not have wanted to grow up anywhere else!
- 146,431 Population
3 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in California
Current Resident: Berkeley is a wonderful city full of an interesting, open-minded and intelligent group of people. The city is very culturally diverse and open to accepting anyone from anywhere. The food scene is to die for and if organically grown is what you live by, look no further than Berkeley grocery stores, farmers markets and more. One small down side would be the lack of club life (for the younger folks), there are however many perfectly adequate bars as well a little college student scene on Telegraph Avenue. Overall, I highly recommend living here or going to school here if accepted!
- 120,179 Population
4 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in Texas
Current Resident: I moved to Plano about 6 months ago and have had nothing but great experiences. My area is very diverse with pretty friendly people. The grocery stores seem to have better and fresher food, many more choices for dining out, clean neighborhoods and businesses. I enjoy living here and have heard great things about the surrounding schools for my children for when they enroll soon. I don’t see myself moving anytime soon. If I could change anything it would be to have the valet trash available daily in my apartments. They only have two off days so I’m okay with that. I just don’t have anything negative to say right now. Thanks for this opportunity!
- 281,566 Population
5 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in Virginia
Current Resident: Arlington is a mixing bowl of job opportunities, people, and fun! There is incredible cuisine from many countries, authentic and delicious! Downtown has many options such as Ballston, Clarendon, Court House, Rosslyn, and more for exquisite restaurants, shopping, and night life. There are lots of trees despite the urban atmosphere. The school system is top in the state. The communities are diverse and offer a short commute into Washington, D.C.!
- 229,534 Population
6 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in Massachusetts
Current Resident: Everything about Cambridge is great! It's a very pretty city with remarkable history. It has one of the best colleges in the world; Harvard, which helped the city to be highly educated, even if they weren't Harvard students. There’s a significant number of highly intellectual people all around. Also, the city is rich in museums & galleries that encompasses a significant number historical artifacts & valuable knowledge. I also love how clean and environment friendly the city is. Plastic bags are prohibited & paper ones are charged to minimize waste. Recycling is really emphasized. Restaurants & cafes are endless! There are many highly reviewed places that are worth traveling to. Shopping is great at Cambridge! There are unlimited shopping options and there are many vintage and hand-made gift stores all around. People are nice and super friendly. The MBTA works well in Cambridge and connect it to the greater city of Boston, which makes commuting much easier.
- 110,893 Population
7 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in Texas
Works Here: Living in the Woodlands and working here was a great experience. Everything is pretty close together, a short drive away. The real estate is getting more expensive, but there are a lot of restaurants and shopping opportunities in the Woodlands and surrounding areas. It's also only 40 minutes from downtown via i45! If coming to live here, a gated community is definitely available, but not needed. Many police are out and about in the Woodlands, and it is a generally very safe community. Public schools are generally very safe, clean, and well-taught as well. Keep in mind the area can be a little pricey. Average cost of a dinner for two is about 25-35$.
- 109,608 Population
8 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in Kansas
Current Resident: I've lived in the Overland Park, Kansas area for about 4 years now. Overall it's a great area that has a lot to offer. It's close proximity to Kansas City, Missouri allows you easy access to bigger nightlife and large concerts, events, museums, theater, ballet, and more. Overland Park itself is family friendly with great schools. While we do have some diversity, it isn't nearly as diverse as other areas. However, you can still find some great cultural restaurants that reflect the diversity we do have, such as Indian, Ethiopian, Thai, Korean, and even from El Salvador! Cost of living is on the higher end for the KC Metro area and the housing market is very much a seller's one right now as many homes are being sold for over asking price or without stipulations such as inspections, etc. The public parks, libraries, and community centers are all great and well maintained. They all individually have quite a lot to offer.
- 186,147 Population
9 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in Texas
Current Resident: Overall Richardson is a great place to live! many things are changing and being improved around the city. There are only a few things that have changed my perspective of Richardson. I have attended some of the city council meetings and learned that the leaders of this great city are fantastic but do not take into consideration minor details that come with the change, for example they are improving one of the high schools in the districts and did not consider the parking problems that would come with that.
- 111,055 Population
10 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in California
Current Resident: Irvine is probably one of the safest, cleanest, and greenest cities in CA (if not, in the US)! It is located in Orange County, so it's really easy to go up to LA area or drive down to San Diego. Irvine is home to a lot of high-ranking schools like the University of California Irvine (UCI), Concordia University, Irvine Valley College, the Orange County Center of the University of Southern California (USC), and campuses of California State University Fullerton (CSUF), University of La Verne, and Pepperdine University. This city is really beautiful with streets dotted with flowers and trees. It is very quiet and all neighborhoods are well-maintained. There's a lot of opportunities for outdoor activities.
- 256,877 Population
11 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in Maryland
Nearby Resident: The city is absolutely gorgeous. There is many options of places to dine at, activities to kids and parks/ paths to walk around. It is situated in the Howard County Public School System, which is the best public schools in the entire states, therefore your children will receive an excellent education. The only issue is that it is quite pricey to live her as housing prices are more expensive in this area so expect to pay more rent here. This city gives you the vibes of a city life without being overcrowded and dirty as it has a cozier feel and more plants that surround the city. Overall, Columbia is the best city to consider moving to!
- 103,170 Population
12 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in Washington
Current Resident: I love Bellevue because of all it has to offer. You have the city life, a 30 min drive from incredible hiking, or if you travel the opposite way you're at the beach. The neighborhoods are safe, well kept up, and a great amount of diverse restaurants to try. The schools are wonderful and the people are even better. With so many different fields of work from medical to tech and everything in between there is plenty of job opportunity. Bellevue will be my forever home!
- 139,014 Population
13 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in Colorado
Current Resident: Boulder is a splendid place to live. It perfectly mixes together a small town vibe and an urban metropolis. There are always things to do because of the young vibrant university atmosphere, and the multitude of outdoor activities. With the various canyons that have world renowned climbing, 100+ miles of hiking trails, fly fishing in the Boulder Creek; it is an outdoor enthusiasts paradise.
There are tons of options for groceries, housing styles, options for schools, and any and all types of restaurants. It's a town that is small enough to bike to just about anywhere you need to go, and also a magnificent amount of bike trails and lanes throughout the city and suburbs.
If you're looking for a forward-thinking town that is inclusive and pushing the boundaries, Boulder is just the town for you!
- 106,271 Population
14 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in Wisconsin
Current Resident: I love Madison! I was born and raised here and am going to Edgewood College. The things that I love most about Madison is the community. Everywhere you go you know someone or your meeting someone new. There is often children and family events to goto that are free, and in the summer there are many concerts and events to enjoy your summer. You also can enjoy yourself seeing the capital and going on state-street to enjoy local foods, and great businesses for people that look to support locals.
- 248,856 Population
15 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in California
Current Resident: San Francisco is a great city if you are liberal, in tech, and like food. We definitely do live in a liberal bubble here and are not really accepting of others on the opposite side of the political spectrum. SF is a sanctuary city and very diverse, which may come as a culture shock to those who are moving here from other parts of the country. San Francisco is getting gentrified quickly, which means rent and the cost of living are skyrocketing. The only people who can really live here now are people who work in the tech industry, or doctors and lawyers. Because of its diversity, San Francisco has a smorgasbord of various kinds of cuisine. From Chinatown to North Beach, we have the best of all worlds right here in the city!
- 864,263 Population
16 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in Washington
Current Resident: Seattle is a small town big city. Chances are you will know everyone (at least through someone/common connections). We have amazing food, awesome coffee, and great universities. We have professional sports teams of all variety, and soon even a hockey team! We have one of the best public transit systems in the states including busses, trains, trolleys, and even a monorail! Seattle is a booming tech capital and has some of the biggest companies in the world. Capitol Hill is super fun for bar hopping. There are some fun family activities, parks all over, and many fantastic sites to see. There is always something new to do in here. Once you visit most don't want to leave!
- 688,245 Population
17 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in Texas
Former Resident: Round Rock is an excellent place to raise a family! From top-tier schools to a community that is laden with caring people, Round Rock is by far one of the greatest cities in Texas! I was born in Round Rock, and lived there for 15 years. In the 15 years that I lived in Round Rock, Texas, I can honestly say that the city has everything that a person could ask for. The city is filled with delicious restaurants and various forms of entertainment, such as parks and malls. Whether you are a young single person looking for work, or a person who has a family to raise, Round Rock is by far the greatest city to live in! With that being said, the only thing that I would change about Round Rock is the inclusion of more hiking trails!
- 116,369 Population
18 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in North Carolina
Current Resident: Raleigh is one of the fastest growing cities in America. High tech and information industries are booming, people from all over the country are flocking to NC. We offer great opportunities for all! With beautiful state parks and other natural areas within only a short drive, Raleigh is perfect for those that want to enjoy the outdoors. NC, Raleigh in particular, has some of the nations fast growth in the micro brewery and niche food industry so there a lot to love about this place!
- 449,477 Population
19 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in California
Current Resident: I've lived in Sunnyvale my entire life, along with the same house my entire life. I've always seen the city change its buildings and have always connected with the community surrounding it. I've always loved going and meeting new people at the weekly farmer's markert downtown, walking around Murphy with friends and eating lunch, and I always see the city remain so collaborative and healthy.
- 151,565 Population
20 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in Minnesota
Current Resident: I love Rochester! Personally, I am a big fan of the weather changes and all of the seasons, so I love living in an area where I get to see the leaves change and the snow fall. The downtown area is very pretty and there are resources to many different kinds of people available everywhere. If there was one thing I could change, it would be the amount of activities available to younger people. Adults have the ability to go to bars and restaurants downtown, but students and kids don't have many activities to do. I would like to see more parks, trails, and sport-designated areas around in order to get kids outside and active. Other than that, I love it here!
- 112,683 Population
21 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in Missouri
Current Resident: I have been in Columbia since the Spring of 2013. I love what this town has to offer. With big city dreams and a small town feel, Columbia, MO, is my new home. There are amazing eateries, niche shops in the downtown area, and opportunities galore! There is some pretty amazing colleges and universities in the area as well. Also, the hospitals have amazing experiences for those in the health science and business field. Did I mention the cost of living is pretty reasonable as it was rated in the top ten best places to live in America for someone starting out in their young adulthood.
- 118,620 Population
22 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in Virginia
Current Resident: I love Alexandria because it is so close to the city of D.C. We can easily be in the city for many events and not pay the high price of living in the city. Living in Alexandria gives you the feel of suburban living with the convenience of a short commute. There is not a suggestion for change as I love living there! Alexandria has walking trails for families and dogs. It also boasts great schools and thriving community businesses. There is also a nightlife scene, many grocery stores to choose from, doctors, and lovely homes. The city of Alexandria contains all that is needed to live a happy and healthy life.
- 154,710 Population
23 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in Georgia
Current Resident: I absolutely love living in Sansy Springs, Georgia! I have been here for a little over ten years, and this city has afforded me many opportunities that I otherwise wouldn't have had in the small town that I am from. Sandy Springs has everything a person could need or want in close proximity. I would highly recommend Sandy Springs living to anyone that would be interested. I especially love the sense of community in Sandy Springs. Not to mention the awesome police department that keeps their citizens safe. All in all, there's nothing I can say negatively about Sandy Springs!
- 103,703 Population
24 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in Texas
Current Resident: "Keep Austin Weird" is the logo for Austin. This is what allows this big, diverse city to come together and forget their differences. Everyone can be themselves, which makes the experience great. The festivals that take place here in Austin are always fun for everyone. They always feature popular artists, have amazing food and invite friendly people to come out and enjoy the beautiful Austin view. Another amazing feature of Austin is the Texas state capital. It is one interesting place to visit and it is only in Austin!
- 916,906 Population
25 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in Colorado
Current Resident: There is so much to do in our college town! Fort Collins is home to Colorado State University and Front Range Community College, providing educational opportunities on many levels. There is an abundance of outdoor recreational possibilities as well, including many neighborhood and regional parks, fishing and rafting on the Poudre River or nearby Thompson River, hiking in Poudre Canyon, or visiting Rocky Mountain National Park just forty-five minutes away. We are also a foodie town, with many restaurants and micro-breweries, as well as home to Budweiser and the Clydesdales. The charm and history of Old Town Fort Collins captures many hearts, especially during the winter holidays light display. We have been proud to call Fort Collins home for the past fifteen years!
- 159,150 Population
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