#26 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in Texas
- 663 reviews
Current Resident: College Station is a rapidly growing college town with strong roots to Texas A&M University. While it's recently begun to gain lots of the accommodations of a bigger city with shopping centers like Century Square and Tower Point, it has maintained the quick and easy commutes, friendly smalltalk, and casual nature of a small town. The public high schools are excellent in both academic and athletic departments, and of course with a renowned university right in the backyard, the opportunities for jobs and education are endless. Housing is a bit pricey and apart from Hurricane Harry's and Downtown Bryan, there aren't many places for entertainment if you're under 21, but apart from those minor drawbacks, it's an overall excellent place to live. The students are friendly, the equal proximity to Houston, Austin, and Waco are incredibly convenient, and everyone in College Station just seems to be happy to be there. It's no wonder so many Aggie alumni move back to their college town!
- 110,782 Population
#27 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in Minnesota
- 551 reviews
Current Resident: I like the opportunities here. I appreciate the items like gloves,scarves, hats that are received for no charge. The places where I can go eat. Also the public transportation is awesome! The light rail goes from Minneapolis to St.Paul. The suburbs are easily accessible. There is not a problem with getting a job even if your not in the city.
The things I'm irritated with is the way the housing is here. Most of the housing is not affordable and the houses or apartments are small. I really believe if the rent was lower the homeless people would be able to afford it providing they have good credit,no unlawful detainers,and have first and last months rent. Also this is a refugee state. If the state can't house its own why do they keep letting people in from other countries?
On a good note, I consider Minneapolis to be pretty safe from where I come from. There are many libraries here and there are may events that goes on here,so I am not bored.
- 416,021 Population
#28 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in Missouri
- 428 reviews
Current Resident: Columbia is a good sized city. Not too big and not too small. It has that "small town" feel with all of the amenities! The downtown or the "District" is a fun place to hang out and has a lot of interesting shops and eateries. The Katy Trail is a great resource for exercise and sightseeing. The city is bike friendly, easy to walk and very easy to navigate by vehicle. It's also convenient to hop onto I-70 for a quick day trip to St. Louis or Kansas City!
- 120,248 Population
#29 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in California
- 338 reviews
Nearby Resident: Carlsbad is a family-friendly city with many activities to participate in! The beaches and the Carlsbad Village offer many things to do. Such as surfing, eating healthy, and ordering an ice cream cone on-the-go. The perfect city to visit on a warm summer day.
- 113,670 Population
#30 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in North Carolina
- 955 reviews
Current Resident: Absolutely love it! So many fun activities to do in Charlotte like going to Freedom Park, Carowinds, and the National White Water Center. I feel like there is a good amount of job opportunities for everyone in the Charlotte area and can identify that lots of areas are starting to grow more and more. Lots of healthy activities everyone can do like yoga classes at the YMCA, running at a local school track, and kickboxing classes. Some areas of Charlotte are more affordable than others, so make sure you do your research when thinking about moving to Charlotte. It is definitely family-friendly, as neighbors are extremely welcoming as well as local people you bump into. Charlotte has a great number of restaurants that are fantastic and are worthwhile. NoDa and Plaza Midwood are being known as the "hip" area for students and adults in their early 20s as a fun place to grab a bite to eat and go shopping.
- 841,611 Population
#31 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in Alabama
- 690 reviews
Current Resident: Huntsville is without a doubt one of the most safe, fast-growing, and friendly cities in the country. Corporations like engineer-generating NASA and security-enforcing Redstone Arsenal are located right here in Huntsville, promoting impressive technological advancements and safety being of the upmost importance, not to mention the often “Hello!” and friendly wave! The one thing that would enhance Huntsville is more businesses and people living here. The real-estate is fantastic, with low-cost houses, acres of land, safe neighborhoods, academically rated schools and more! If one was to look for an amazing place for friends and family, exciting innovation and academic superiority, an outpouring of creative art, historical sites, beautiful landscapes, farmer-fresh foods, wide-open spaces, crime free zones, and a breath of fresh air, Huntsville is the place to be!
- 193,663 Population
#32 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in Minnesota
- 227 reviews
Current Resident: Beautiful city. People are extremely friendly and eager to help. Lots of jobs available, and lots to do. There is always something to do, and the library is amazing! Lots of community events going, including a year-long farmer's market (this surprised me when I moved here; I didn't know that was possible). Wonderful place to live.
- 113,913 Population
#33 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in Florida
- 1,102 reviews
Current Resident: I love the cosmopolitan aspect of Tampa, it truly is a melting pot of cultures. Tampa has a lot of life, there are numerous theme parks, restaurants, clubs, casinos, parks, beaches, and many things to do in general. There are many schools including private schools, public schools, universities, and community colleges. If you have a craving for a specific food you are guaranteed to find a restaurant for it! For people with Celiac Disease or other health concerns regarding gluten there are many restaurants that not only provide gluten free options but will clean their kitchen area and utensils to insure your experience is contaminant free.
- 376,345 Population
#34 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in District of Columbia
- 626 reviews
Current Resident: I absolutely love DC! It has the community element of a smaller town and the appeal of a slightly larger city. There's always something to do here: lots of farmers markets, festivals, all the free museums and attractions, lots of open, free outdoor space. It is easy to stay away from the political bubble, as well, if you're not into that sort of thing. I keep up with the news, but am no way considered a wonk, so it's great to be in a bit of a bubble here and know that people care about many different causes and the state of the world without being overwhelmed. A lot of different non-profits and fields exist here, making it a great place to be professionally. Though it's expensive, the great happy hour + brunch + free activities make it worth it. It's also super diverse, which I love as someone from a Pakistani background!
- 684,498 Population
#35 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in Kentucky
- 769 reviews
Current Resident: Lexington is an amazing city to visit and live in. Coming from a small town in Kentucky, I’m in love with the small town vibe Lexington has. The people are genuine and the food is fantastic. The only thing is this city pretty much revolves around the enormous campus of University of Kentucky, so traffic can get a little messy. All the rolling land and numerous horse farms around the city, though, makes it one of the most beautiful cities to live in. Lexington is also great for outdoor activities, such as cycling!
- 318,734 Population
#36 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in Florida
- 922 reviews
Current Resident: Gainesville, Florida is a college town that houses the University of Florida. Although it is a college town, it has a diverse community and it is full of opportunities. Gainesville is also a great place to raise a family. I have also found that the community is very proactive with addressing social issues, such as homelessness and health disparities. Since it is a college town, most resources are tailored for students and not for the residents. Things like affordable apartments are harder to find unless they are for students, which is one of the things that I would like to be improved. Public schools are not as great as private schools, however, that is changing as innovative programs are introduced. Mental health has been given more awareness recently, which is great for the community. Gainesville has a lot of professionals who not only grow their careers here, but also donate their time and talent to help others. My overall experience in the Gainesville community has been enriching!
- 130,790 Population
#37 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in Nebraska
- 1,126 reviews
Current Resident: I am an Omaha, NE native. First proud to grow up in the "Big O," I am still proud that I "don't coast." In addition to its multiple seasons, growing population and historical landmarks, Omaha always has new experiences cropping up! Living here has brought a wealth of opportunities in recent decades. I appreciate its breadth of business, music, sports, theater, and entertainment venues. Its school systems are diverse in both the public and private realms. With community colleges, public and private universities, Omaha has plenty of higher education opportunities for life long learners as well. This is where I grew up, and this is where I will grow old. Gratefully, the best has been and will be the years in between.
- 465,112 Population
#38 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in Pennsylvania
- 635 reviews
Current Resident: The areas to walk/run in Pittsburgh are numerous and diverse. From walking trails along the rivers to areas in the hills and parks all designated by an intricate series of egress and ingress. It is a little known aspect of the city; pedal your bike to DC if you dare!
Welcoming, culturally stimulating, offering cutting edge medical resources and state-of-the art technology businesses, Pittsburgh is well-positioned to be internationally recognized.
- 303,587 Population
#39 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in Nebraska
- 735 reviews
Current Resident: Well I moved to Lincoln my junior year of high school and the school was gigantic! My class had went from 200 some kids in Texas to 500 kids in Lincoln. I was nervous at first, but people were pretty welcoming and talkative, especially when you get involved in activities. Lincoln is a small town, big city feeling. Everyone knows everyone, but Lincoln has many different spots you can go to not feel crowded. Also, I never noticed how active people are in Lincoln. I see people in their 80's running on all the different trails we have here, people are extremely devoted to health and fitness, which was nice to see because my family and I became more aware of ways to be better by being healthy and exercising regularly.
- 280,849 Population
#40 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in Texas
- 672 reviews
Current Resident: Irving is extremely diverse, and the Northern areas especially are high-demand. The city is very centrally located to the Dallas-Fort Worth area, especially the premier neighborhoods & towns like Southlake, Coppell, Las Colinas, and Valley Ranch. Irving is the former home of the Dallas Cowboys, but has remained well-kept, very well planned, and property values are excellent!
- 238,637 Population
#41 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in Florida
- 473 reviews
Current Resident: I personally think ST Petersburg, FL is a fun and beautiful place to visit and to live. I think it's filled with many diverse cultures and respects and provides resources for each.
I moved to Pinellas County when I was 5 years old, and went to public schools. My brother even went to a school that sat right on the beach. Growing up we would drive to friends houses by boat and even would pick up McDonald's food thru a "boat-drive-thru". I absolutely love St Petersburg and all it has to offer, from the great people, great schools, and awesome things to do on any day or time and at ALL ages!
Florida is well known for a wonderful place for seniors to retire to, but they are more than just that! It is truly a wonderful place for all and I could not imagine raising my own children one day, here as well...
- 259,041 Population
#42 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in South Carolina
- 626 reviews
Current Resident: I love living in Charleston. It's beautiful and very historic. However, as someone who lives and commutes every day I know the traffic gets worse and worse every day as more move here. Public transportation is not a viable option either and housing is also becoming more daunting every year too. However culture, history, schools, and everything else is fantastic! Also, home to the number one and two schools in the state!
- 133,762 Population
#43 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in Colorado
- 844 reviews
Current Resident: Fort Collins is my hometown, so I will always have such a special place in my heart for this place! There are so many things that I love- it's a great community with lots of events, places to go, and hang out. Some of the highlights are Old Town, which is a great place to walk around and has many small, locally owned businesses. There are also beautiful places to spend time outside like parks and Horsetooth Reservoir. However, I do see parts of Fort Collins where there is division and separation, especially in terms of economic development. I think that Fort Collins could be improved by more community development efforts, especially involving people experiencing homelessness and lower economic areas.
- 162,511 Population
#44 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in Georgia
- 989 reviews
Current Resident: I have been living in Atlanta for 18 years now and I absolutely love it! Atlanta is filled with many opportunities and it is very affordable to live there. There are many places to visit and its restaurants are amazing. Not to mention it's fun parks and museums in which I visit every so often. Atlanta has a variety of malls and shops to go to like Lenox Mall, Phipps Plaza, Atlantic Station, etc. The Mercedes Benz Stadium is one of my favorites, they hold all kinds of events there and the view inside the stadium is beautiful. Atlanta is also very diverse, it's very different from any other city I've visited. It's also a great city to go to if you're looking for jobs, because the networking there is extraordinary, you will always run into someone that's in the industry or career field you want to go in.
- 479,655 Population
#45 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in Virginia
- 1,679 reviews
Current Resident: There is a lot of history in Virginia such as Colonial Williamsburg where you can visit the Jamestown Settlement. Virginia Beach is a diverse population due to being a large military city. We offer many tourist attractions at our Oceanfront including whale watching, parasailing, museums, and kayaking. Virginia Beach has many local restaurants using fresh ingredients grown right here at the farms in the area. A landfill turned into a mountain to fly kites on with a children's playground is Virginia Beach's very own Mount Trashmore. Finally, our neighbor cities in Hampton Roads have several shopping and site seeing venues too. There is certainly something to please every taste!
- 450,135 Population
#46 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in Tennessee
- 497 reviews
Current Resident: I moved to Smyrna TN (Murfreesboro's Sister City) about two years ago. I moved from a small town for college, and I was ready to hit the big city for college! I have attended Motlow State Community College for almost two years now. I graduate in May and I can faithfully say I love it here! There are so many things to do ere and we are only thirty to forty five minutes away from Nashville! Job opportunities are growing, and Murfreesboro is growing almost as fast as Nashville!
- 130,968 Population
#47 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in Florida
- 1,095 reviews
Current Resident: Tallahassee has a small population for a capital city, however it has all the benefits and resources of a capital city. It is by no means a "small town," but it does have a homey feel to it. Because Tallahassee is not as large as some cities, Downtown may not be seem as exciting at first glance. Consequently, because Tallahassee is not overcrowded, downtown experiences are much more pleasant. But that's not to say there aren't events! Downtown, Uptown, or College town--there are events to spare. Whatever your age, interest, or preference, Tallahassee is not only a diverse place for social interaction, events, or resources, but a beautiful city all in all. Anywhere you drive or walk there are hundreds of beautiful, lush green trees. Tallahassee need not be decorated for one to recognize its attractiveness--and not only in its appearance.
- 190,180 Population
#48 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in South Carolina
- 548 reviews
Current Resident: I have lived in Columbia all of my life! Columbia has beautiful parks and very nice walking/bike trails. There are lots of eateries, catering to all manner of taste buds. There are many activities for children such as EdVenture and Frankie’s Fun Park. For a quick getaway, one can travel only an hour and a half to Charlotte, NC. While the cost of living is low in Columbia, I would like to see a change in salaries in Columbia. Columbia has a lot to offer.
- 133,352 Population
#49 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in California
- 226 reviews
Current Resident: I would definitely describe Pasadena as a large community inside of the Southern California area. While it can seem like a huge city at times, you are guaranteed to either run into or walk past someone you know wherever you find yourself. Pasadena is also a city where I find pretty much everything is accessible within 20 minutes at most. Whether you love to explore new restaurants, go out shopping for a night, or even need easy access to freeways, it is all in close proximity. Additionally, there is always something going on!
- 141,246 Population
#50 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in Minnesota
- 335 reviews
Current Resident: I was born and raised in St. "Small." I moved to California for 2 years and rushed back as soon as I could. The people are great, the seasons are all amazing and the food is the best in the mid-west by far (including Chicago)! We have the most talented chefs in the country. There are tons of things to do year-round. A perfect mix of urban and rural. Night-life is on-point as well. A great place to raise a family. The people are progressive and "MN Nice" is a real thing. Major market for all professional sports teams. Overall, an amazing place to live!
- 302,760 Population
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