#26 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in Missouri
- 388 reviews
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
- 211 reviews
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
- 181 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!
- 124,635 Population
#29 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in Texas
- 616 reviews
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
- 266 reviews
Current Resident: Scottsdale, Arizona boasts a wide variety of entertainment from world-class dining & nightlife to family-friendly fun such as waterparks, museums, and the Phoenix Zoo - the largest privately owned, non-profit zoo in the United States and home to over 3,000 animals including 30 threatened or endangered species. Scottsdale is also great if you seek outdoor adventure such as hiking Camelback Mountain or just want to relax at one of the numerous spas in the area. Oh and did I mention, we have some pretty awesome sunsets too!
- 239,283 Population
#31 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in Nebraska
- 1,045 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.
- 463,081 Population
#32 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in Nebraska
- 680 reviews
Current Resident: I was born in Lincoln, and have lived here my whole life. I love that this town is not too small, but it isn't too big either. People here are friendly, which is evidenced when you go for walks or go for a drive. There are a lot of food options at different price ranges. Many restaurants are now able to accommodate different eating patterns, such as vegetarianism. However, there is practically nothing to do in the winter months. In the summer months, there are pools and shopping, but you can go to surrounding areas if you want an all-day fun activity. Lincoln has great schools and is very safe. It is an excellent place to raise a family. Overall, I love Lincoln and have no plans of moving anytime soon!
- 277,315 Population
#33 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in District of Columbia
- 537 reviews
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
- 772 reviews
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
- 787 reviews
Current Resident: Charlotte is a great place for anyone who loves variety! There are always new events to participate in. Festivals, conventions, and gallery walks thrive in Charlotte. There are plenty of restaurants to choose from too. From fast-food joints, to swanky diners, to Italian restaurants, to Chinese buffets, Charlotte has it all.
It cityscape is ever-changing as well. New establishments pop up right beside old ones! Every time you drive down the highway, you will see a building being constructed on the side of the road. Fortunately, you can take a break at one of the city’s natural parks.
Making agenda for the day isn’t difficult since life in the city is never boring. I personally would prefer to see more trees and lower parking rates. The rising population rates lead to higher rates of violence. I feel that is to be expected in growing cities. Yet, the endless possibilities, the sociable people, and the intriguing attractions make up for Charlotte’s flaws.
- 826,060 Population
#36 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in Arizona
- 795 reviews
Current Resident: Tempe is a solid place with community experiences and job opportunities for those willing to look for them! Between busses, the lightrail, and city unaffiliated means of transportation like Uber, Lyft and public scooters around the campus, it is very accessible for students going to ASU. There are plenty of volunteering opportunities scattered around, as well.
- 178,339 Population
#37 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in Texas
- 621 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!
- 235,648 Population
#38 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in South Carolina
- 586 reviews
Current Resident: It is this and only this...the best City in the U.S! You will never get bored here. Charleston has so much to give and show all at once. It is filled with history and its history is present today! It is one of the only cities you can walk by someone and they will say hello to you and you don't even know them. The beaches are family friendly and don't disappoint! Anywhere you go in Charleston, it is sure to not let you down. The food and diverse restaurants make Charleston that much better. You won't find a better combination of great tasting food and great personality no matter who you meet!
- 131,204 Population
#39 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in Florida
- 963 reviews
Current Resident: I love the city feel but it's also not overwhelming like New York or Chicago. It has all the perks without the cons, basically ideal! There are endless food options and lots of hole-in-the-wall places that are affordable and delicious! Tampa is also a very diverse area with people converging from all areas of the globe. I haven't been here for much time but I'm already considering making this place my permanent home after graduation!
- 368,087 Population
#40 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in Kentucky
- 703 reviews
Current Resident: Lexington is a great city to be apart of! It is a very active city with lots of day & night life activities. Downtown is very safe and there are plenty of options for parking. The variety of food, shopping, and cultural activities are abundant during the day. There are many bars for college students and older adults, activities, and event to attend at night. Overall, even with city traffic and construction, I rate the city 5 out of 5 stars!
- 315,109 Population
#41 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in Florida
- 848 reviews
Current Resident: The only thing I could complain about when it comes to Gainesville is the pollen and how swampy it is! But as a whole I love the environment! You get to meet people from literally all over the world. There are always stores and things to do if you know what you're looking for! The schools are nice, i for the most part feel safe walking around the city! There is almost always a bus that can take you where you need to go. Just about everything you need is close by. The city is nice!
- 129,394 Population
#42 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in Alabama
- 633 reviews
Current Resident: Great place to start a family. The town is growing rapidly and developments are underway in several areas. Many job opportunities for Gov Contractors. Home to the nation's largest independent center for the arts (Lowe Mill), the Space and Rocket Center, and HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology. Outdoor activities, hiking, mountain biking, disc golf, and public green ways are also available around the area. Cost of living is very affordable. Needs more job opportunities outside of DoD and Gov contracts. Retail and infrastructure developments are slow. Entertainment options can get repetitive. Overall a great place to work and live.
- 190,501 Population
#43 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in Minnesota
- 286 reviews
Current Resident: I like St. Paul because it’s diverse, rich in history and has a lot of things to offer it’s residents. Home of the Como Zoo and McNelley Conservatory, the Minnesota State Fairgrounds, the stunning Landmark Center, and many historic buildings! Summit Avenue is a must see for people that love old homes. The only thing that is a detriment is the high cost of rent in the Twin cities area.
- 300,820 Population
#44 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in Pennsylvania
- 540 reviews
Current Resident: Pittsburgh ranks far above any other city in terms of diversity and culture. In the Cultural District, you cannot walk one inch without being enriched with Pittsburgh's broad history and the nuances created by the locals. The food, a mixture of classic American fare with notable Polish accents, is flat out delicious and can please the pickiest of eaters. Pittsburgh also holds one of the finest symphonies in the world, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, who perform year round. The possibilities are endless in this wonderful city. It is great for visiting and living long term!
- 305,012 Population
#45 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in California
- 717 reviews
Current Resident: Moving to San Diego has been an absolute pleasure. After being deployed for a year in the Middle East, losing my grandmother while there and going through a divorce upon return, I was ready for a transition. The atmosphere of San Diego compliments a healthy mental, social, physical and emotional lifestyle. I love living in San Diego. The happiness I have found motivates me to push myself physically and mentally. I am beyond blessed and grateful for where I am and where I'm headed. Thank you San Diego!
- 1,390,966 Population
#46 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in California
- 197 reviews
Current Resident: I love Pasadena's architecture and cleanliness. Everyone is always friendly and its always amazing to see the beautiful blue mountains. If only the watering restrictions were different... then the neighborhoods could be way nicer looking. But it is a perfect place to live as nothing in LA or beyond is too far! It's the perfect "hub" Overall safe, friendly, conveniently placed, developing, and beautiful!
- 141,231 Population
#47 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in Idaho
- 418 reviews
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
- 497 reviews
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
- 522 reviews
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
- 887 reviews
Current Resident: Portland has been growing and changing over the last 10 years. There are way more events and activities throughout the city. Small local business have expanded and become staples of the city. The city pretty great! However, certain communities are struggling, and gentrification in the city hasn't subsided much since the 70s. And, rent is stupid ridiculous. The city has potential to be something incredible but like most of the country there are some political and social issues that need more attention.
- 630,331 Population
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