#26 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
#27 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in California
Current Resident: I love the diversity in Torrance. I also like the safety and the public schools in the area. Torrance is not as expensive as other cities nearby, but it would be better if the houses cost a little less. The location of the city is great. It is next to the beach and not very far from the airport. There are great libraries, restaurants, and most importantly shopping centers! There are several job opportunites for everyone especially teens.
- 147,190 Population
#28 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in California
Current Resident: The city of Santa Clara has provided our family with many opportunities within the community. The schools within the Santa Clara Unified School District, especially Laurelwood Elementary School, have given our family lifetime friendships and allowed us to become active members within our community. We have been involved in running many events at the local schools such as California History Day, Ice Cream Social, The Nutcracker play and the school's Walk-a-thon fundraiser. To keep our local community together, in 2007 our family started holding an annual Backyard BBQ Talent Show for the local friends and residents. With my rewarding 12 plus years of volunteering in the local schools and hosting local events, I have finally found my true calling, to become an elementary school teacher!
- 124,635 Population
#29 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in Texas
Current Resident: There are a lot of things about College Station that are appealing. If you enjoy college towns, this town is definitely for you. It's a little hectic driving on campus sometimes but there are a lot of things outside of Texas A&M that are fun things to do. There are plenty of places to eat and the city contains a good mix of local businesses and chain stores. No matter who you are, you will find something you like! Additionally, if you're someone who's looking for a great school system, CSISD is the place. My experience with teachers there has been nothing but outstanding compared to other places I've been. Students are regularly challenged and encouraged to do well. Overall, College Station treats its inhabitants well.
- 107,445 Population
#30 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in Arizona
Current Resident: Scottsdale really is "the most livable city". There are shops, restaurants, and businesses everywhere you look. Convenience is right at your fingertips! Scottsdale is also a great city to go to try out new things, such as food and activities. I would also like to add that we don't see a lot of crime here and the people are friendly in general. Overall, 10/10 would recommend moving there!
- 239,283 Population
#31 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in Nebraska
Current Resident: My experience in Omaha Nebraska has been a pretty good one. I would definitely recommend visit to those who have not yet visited the heartland. It’s definitely underrated and should have more recognition. The citizens of Omaha are diverse and overall pretty friendly!
The only change I would like to see in Omaha would probably be more use of the downtown. It’s very prosperous and holds much potential. With endless possibilities on the horizon, Omaha is definitely a city on the move. Overall the city of Omaha is quite unique and has many amenities to offer.
- 463,081 Population
#32 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in Nebraska
Current Resident: There's always something to do in Lincoln no matter who you are. Downtown Lincoln is quite amazing as it's both antique, and modern. Strolls in the Haymarket are a perfect date, and concerts in the Arena are spectacular experiences. Whether it's for you, a small group, or your family, there's definitely an activity everyone will agree on. Year round is full of fun in the outdoors; from swimming to ice skating, or a nice bonfire with s'mores. Or on the rainy days, head to the theaters for a movie, or the Lied center for a performance. Football is a big deal here in Lincoln, NE, and you're bound to see husker red around every corner!
- 277,315 Population
#33 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in District of Columbia
Works Here: Washington DC brings a neighborhood of diversity! There is so to learn from all the different ethnicity's in the area. There is always something to do in all parts; whether it's arts, eating, education, night life, sports. Not only are the folks diverse but so is the weather! You get a feel for all 4 seasons. Things I would change about DC are prices. I am not fortunate to have a high paying job so some areas and events I cannot attend. I live outside of DC due to the high prices in the city.
- 672,391 Population
#34 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
#35 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in North Carolina
Current Resident: I've lived here for almost all my life and it's really nice! The city is very diverse and affordable, with a lot of cool stuff to do! The Imaginon Children's Library is an amazing place for children, especially. Food is always top notch here as well; The Midwood BBQ, especially, stands out. Vietnamese food is also pretty good around here; a little outside of the city itself is an AMAZING Vietnamese place called Doan's, on South Boulevard. Their pho is so good. In Charlotte, however, there is one shooting every night in the city. That's the worst thing about it, though. Overall, I really recommend it here!
- 826,060 Population
#36 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in Arizona
Current Resident: I love urban areas, and Tempe is definitely that! There are a lot things to do and places to go. Definitely an ideal college town, and I particularly like how many places are open at late hours. The only things that I would personally change are common among many big cities, like the amount of homeless people on the street.
- 178,339 Population
#37 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in Texas
Current Resident: Living in Irving is fantastic! You have so many opportunities that is around you at all times. From short commutes, to school districts and to jobs, Irving is a great place to raise a family and to live. I is close by two of Dallas's airports and is close to many highways around the DFW metroplex. The area has a lot of income friendly homes from low income to high income. The people in the area are awesome. Great place!
- 235,648 Population
#38 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in South Carolina
Current Resident: Charleston is a beautiful place to live! Great food, great shopping, and great people. Charleston does a wonderful job of displaying "southern hospitality". Although housing is expensive is most areas, especially downtown Charleston, I've noticed that there are plenty of job opportunities and tons of upcoming neighborhoods. Charleston has some of the best public schools in the state, including Academic Magnet High School (#1 in SC) and Charleston County School of the Arts (#4), one of which I have attended.
- 131,204 Population
#39 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in Florida
Former Resident: I lived in Tampa for three years; from 2009 until 2012, and I absolutely loved it. I moved there from Sarasota, which is about 45 minutes south of Tampa. Sarasota is almost exclusively old people, which makes doing anything miserable. I needed a younger city, and Tampa was it. Renters can find affordable places - I paid $725/month for a two bedroom, two bath apartment including water! That same apartment in Sarasota would go for about $1,400 these days. Tampa, specifically Channelside/Hyde Park, is absolutely perfect for young professionals. If you're young, single, educated, and have a decent job, you would have the time of your life in this city. On the other hand, there are tons of communities around Tampa that are excellent for families. Plus, the Tampa/St. Pete/Clearwater metro area has anything you could want, all within reach.
- 368,087 Population
#40 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in Kentucky
Current Resident: Lexington is my hometown, where I first grew up. I later moved over to an ajacent city, Nicholasville, but fate found my way back here for high school. For being in Kentucky, it’s very urban: it’s at the least a strong contender to Louisville for Kentucky’s most urban city. There are plenty of good people and places here. Come give us a visit!
- 315,109 Population
#41 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in Florida
Current Resident: I moved her for school five years ago and Gainesville has been nice! Things stay open relatively late and I like that there are both areas that feel like a "college town" and some areas that don't. The surrounding areas are much more rural but in Gainesville a lot of things are being developed. However, the town doesn't seem to have been built to be a big city so there is a lot of congestion especially in the fall semester and down by the college during football season.
- 129,394 Population
#42 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in Alabama
Current Resident: I've lived in Huntsville for 13 years, I've seen it grow for over a decade into a large, almost metropolis type area. This is a great place for engineering, computer science, and various other technical type jobs due to attractions and various companies. The economy and population is booming. It's a pretty diverse place and not like most other areas in the South.
There's such a wide variety of restaurants, stores, and places to be! Bridge Street, Providence, and anywhere along Highway 72 from Madison to Huntsville has a plethora of stuff to do and diverse places to eat. Sometimes it's choose just once place to go out.
Huntsville is a much safer place than many other cities I can list and is full of opportunity. Definitely family friendly and has a low cost of living.
I do wish there weren't such a dense population sometimes, it's a very busy area. Sometimes I'd like to see more metropolitan works come up, and see how much the community and city as a whole can grow further.
- 190,501 Population
#43 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in Minnesota
Current Resident: Well, my entire experience with Minnesota has been very calming. There's never been any problems or anything dangerous going on, its actually pretty hard to see that around here, at least for me. Its been pretty easy trying to find a place to live, in my experience, there hasn't been trouble looking for a home here. Me personally I love the snow, sure it has its problems but I would much rather enjoy the cold than suffer in the heat, and it can get pretty hot here at times as well so you're not completely living in a popsicle. Minnesota probably doesn't seem like much, but I sure am glad to call this place home, and im sure you would too if you gave it a shot! Im sure you'd like it!
- 300,820 Population
#44 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in Pennsylvania
Current Resident: Pittsburgh is as close to a perfect balance as one can find! World class colleges and universities, a cultural district where patrons can see the symphony, ballet, opera, a broadway show, the public theater and more. Pittsburgh has multiple museums, including the Carnegie Museum, The Andy Warhol Museum and the Mattress Factory. The culinary scene is greatly influenced by generations of ethnic diversity. Families have many options that include the zoo, science center, Children's Museum, Aviary, Ducky Tours, Gateway Clipper Fleet, Sandcastle Water Park and Kennywood amusement park. If you are a sports fan, you have your choice of the Penguins, Steelers and Pirates to keep you entertained. Pittsburgh is an ideal location for families, young professionals and visiting college students alike.
- 305,012 Population
#45 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in California
Current Resident: San Diego is an amazing city populated with many things to do. This is a great advantage because you will never get bored! Being on the coast with such nice weather, you can go to the beach almost 365 days a year. Depending on what you enjoy doing, there are many different towns in San Diego for whatever adventure you’re looking for. Whether it’s Pacific Beach Pier or Soledad Mountain, there are various stunning viewpoints to enjoy. If you like warm whether and big cities, San Diego is perfect.
- 1,390,966 Population
#46 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in California
Current Resident: Pasadena is a wonderful city! There is all around access to most of the major attractions in southern California. It is a very diverse city with a lot of acceptance, heavily influenced by Los Angeles. Most people you meet on the street or in the store are generally nice and easy to have a conversation with. Pasadena itself is home of the Rose Bowl and offers exciting events year round. Those who live here are proud and happy to do so.
- 141,231 Population
#47 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in Idaho
Current Resident: Boise is Idaho's capital city—both a cultural center and a playground for those who love the outdoors. A vibrant downtown area affords fine dining, theatre, music, and college and semi-professional sports. Downtown Boise's main attractions include the Idaho State Capitol, the classic Egyptian Theatre, the Boise Art Museum, Julia Davis Park and Zoo Boise. Outdoor enthusiasts have year-round activities such as whiterafting, mountain biking, hiking and skiing. The Greenbelt follows the beautiful Boise River corridor for more than 30 miles, and the Boise foothills are home to miles of hiking and biking trails. This city has it all!
- 220,859 Population
#48 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in Texas
Niche User: Denton is the perfect town to experience a small town with big aspirations. The college population in Denton creates a culture of creative appreciation, whether it be of art, music, amazing food, or simply the culture of its citizens. The most beautiful historic things about Denton are its museums and public buildings near downtown, as well as the small restaurants and shops that have been here for years and support thriving communities.
Like all growing cities, there is a tendency for large corporations and gentrification to attempt to expand the economic value of the town. It's important that Denton and its citizens continue to support small businesses and sites that make the city great!
- 131,097 Population
Salt Lake City
#49 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in Utah
Current Resident: The city is clean, safe, with lots to do. There're museums, art galleries, comedy clubs, historical and religious sites. There's a very diverse, multicultural community, and the state capital is right on top of a beautiful hill with a great view of the Salt Lake valley. If you like outdoor activities Salt Lake is a great place to go with access to tons of hiking trails, camping spots, lakes, and lots more! Housing is affordable and there is PLENTY of employment opportunity, with lots of projected growth.
So there's tons to do, easy access to opportunity of every kind, good public transit, and I'm sure there're great things I know I'm forgetting. Apart from all that I think Salt Lake would benefit if they worked on their roads a bit. They're not too bad and when it snows the city is on top of it when it comes to plowing and salting, but there are quite a few potholes, bad road designs, faded road lines, etc. It's nothing too bad, like I said, but a few touch ups would do good.
- 194,188 Population
#50 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in Oregon
Current Resident: Portland is beautiful! There is no shortage of natural beauty in the city. Portland is bustling with local boutiques, farmer's markets in every neighborhood, community gardens, eclectic community events, and some of the best food around. It's easy to live a healthy lifestyle here with access to quality food and health care. There are several places to go hiking right in the city that offer expansive views of the whole city. Portland is super family friendly and has several colleges and universities. It's downsides include being expensive, a competitive housing market, and long commute times due to traffic.
- 630,331 Population
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