#126 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in Kansas
- 363 reviews
Former Resident: Topeka, Kansas is my hometown and I'm very proud to be from there. Topeka is one of the most diverse places in Kansas and it keeps on growing everyday. My favorite places in Topeka are Burnett's Mound and Brown v. Board. There is so much history in Topeka, that it's a shame that most people don't know it even exists!
- 126,877 Population
#127 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in New Mexico
- 836 reviews
Current Resident: Albuquerque is great! I plan to raise my family here, because I love it so much. When we were researching moving out here 3 years ago, everything we read online was that ABQ was just a horrible crime ridden area, and while there are some tough parts of town, nothing could be further from the truth. The community here is very friendly and family friendly, and I love all the diversity and culture in the city. If I could pick anywhere to live during the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic it would be ABQ. The Mayor, public health officials, and community at large has done and excellent job at protecting one another and helping one another during this very difficult time. I also love all the various beautiful locations across the state that are just a short drive away. Overall this city is extremely family friendly and beautiful. I am so very glad that we didn't turn down the opportunity to live in this awesome city because of all the negative reviews we read about online. I give Albuquerque a 10/10
- 559,202 Population
#128 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in Iowa
- 252 reviews
Current Resident: So far I have had a great experience living in Des Moines. I have lived in the area for almost 3 years and I have never had any problems with my neighbors. I have moved 3 times in these three years. It is also a great place for people raised in small towns to go out and ease themselves into a city life. It is a good place to learn about other people and their walks of life too! I scored affordability low because it is harder to pay for living for younger adults, especially if you don't have roomates.
- 215,932 Population
#129 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in Texas
- 253 reviews
Current Resident: Midland TX is growing very fast! It is located in West Texas, super hot, and in the heart of the oilfield. Midland is a great place for young people looking to find high paying jobs that have opportunities to promote quickly. It is hard for restaurants, grocery stores, & other retail businesses to stay staffed as many people work in the oilfield leaving these types of jobs unfilled. You can move here, work a lot of hours, gain tons of experience including management experience & save money. When you get ready to retire you have plenty saved and if you buy real estate you can sell it & have even more to help you live a great retirement. My husband is currently a restaurant mgr & I work as a hostess & am attending school to complete my BA in Technical Mngmnt with a major in Human Resources. We have purchased a beautiful home here & plan to use our equity as part of our retirement. If you believe in working hard & are looking for great opportunities then Midland is the place to move!
- 135,134 Population
#130 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in Washington
- 764 reviews
Current Resident: Spokane is absolutely gorgeous & I feel so blessed to have grown up in a city that is so sweet.
Living in the Pacific Northwest you learn to love spending time outside, & there are plenty of ways to do that here. Manito Park is a must see & is known for it’s multiple alluring gardens, in addition to being the perfect place for pets, families & friends to gather. Many people love that we get to experience 4 beautiful seasons & with that all of the exciting events both big & small.
The downtown, is truly the heart of Spokane, decorated with a beautiful river that runs through the center of our city. Riverfront Park is a highlight, home to our clock tower, pavilion, & outdoor events. It practically hugs River Park Square another one of my favorite places.
Woven all through Spokane are the passionate small businesses that keep our city going. I adore the local restaurants, & the cozy coffee shops speckled throughout our city. Most of all, I love the kind people in our community!
- 214,804 Population
#131 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in California
- 719 reviews
Current Resident: Sacramento is a fantastic place to call home. Positioned perfectly in Northern California, we are a short drive away from the mountains, the ocean, and even the desert!
If you are an outdoorsy individual, Sacramento would be a great place for you to live. The greater Sacramento area is sprawling with bike trails, hiking routes, lakes and rivers. If you want a more low-key outing, there are plenty of restaurants, stores and recreational spots to check out. Go to the drive-in movies, practice your golfing and bowling skills, visit a museum, or shop till you drop. The eateries in Sacramento are unparalleled. They don't call us the Farm-to-fork Capitol for nothing!
Sacramento's historical victorian architecture can still be seen in the neighborhoods of Midtown and East Sacramento. Exploring the beautiful homes is an activity on its own.
If you can handle the heat and the traffic in Sacramento, you will be gifted with friendly faces and endless opportunity!
- 495,011 Population
#132 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in Nevada
- 375 reviews
Current Resident: I like paradise, although the homeless population is off the charts. I would like to see the government help our neighborhood out in some way but helping the homeless, rather than pushing them out.
- 233,689 Population
#133 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in Tennessee
- 517 reviews
Current Resident: Chattanooga became home so quickly when I moved from California. It's a city with hospitality and charm. Not to big and not to small. It has gorgeous views in its downtown area, perfect for a romantic date or a family fun day. Having been to other malls recently, the Hamilton Place mall in Chattanooga truly stands out. Its lively, yet homey. You can find a wide array of options there! There are several universities, which bring a youthful vibe to the city. It's an artsy city. The feel of it is a bliss point between classic and edgy. Would absolutely raise my family here. Outside of downtown Chattanooga, there are peaceful places to settle that are still close to stores. For those who love the thrill of the city, downtown has all the action. For those who like the city, but also prefer the suburb vibe, the area near the mall (Hamilton County - Ooltewah Ringgold Road), is the perfect place to settle down. Ooltewah and Collegedale area is also a little more remote but is still ideal!
- 177,365 Population
#134 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in New York
- 415 reviews
Current Resident: I love Buffalo because it truly is the City of Good Neighbors. Rarely do I ever see or experience poor interactions with others around me. This city is rebuilding and becoming a beacon of where to raise a family and grow as an individual. The one thing I would like to see change about Buffalo is the care of the roads. There are potholes everywhere! I have blown a tire more than once, and usually it's in parts that need the love and attention the most. Also I think that there needs to be more care of our veterans and homeless population in regards to housing, food, and mental health needs. There is a opioid epidemic here and I think the city can do more to take care of these people. Otherwise, I love this city and I love living here.
- 257,518 Population
#135 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in California
- 477 reviews
Current Resident: I am originally from San Francisco and was a little hesitant about living in Oakland at first. But I am totally loving it! The weather is amazing, the people are friendly, diverse and active. There are tons of events, great food scene and nightlife (although since covid it's been a little harder to explore these areas). There is also tons of great outdoors activities, such as hiking in the Joachin Miller park. It's a great mix of city vibes, but chill and laid back at the same time. If you're thinking of moving to the bay area, I highly suggest choosing Oakland!
- 421,042 Population
#136 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in Texas
- 605 reviews
Current Resident: Waco contains great tourist spots: Texas Ranger Museum, Magnolia Silos, Sports Hall of Fame Museum, and great places of higher education: McLennan Community College, Texas State Technical College, and Baylor University. You have a wide variety of restaurant choices here too: barbecue, Tex-Mex, and Asian are a few of them. Of all the things I like about Waco, my personal favorite is Cameron Park, where I hike on black diamond and double black diamond trails! It is a fairly clean city that is full of housing choices, public school choices, and transportation choices. Waco has beautiful springtimes, cool autumn, and mild winters. Summer is HOT, which means lots of swimming, movies in air conditioning, and ice cream! Walks along Lake Brazos and other outdoor activities keep you busy, as well as travel to other Texas cities like Dallas, Austin, and San Antonio. It's a great city!
- 133,964 Population
#137 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in California
- 759 reviews
Current Resident: I have lived here for a little over 3 years. It’s an up and coming city, so to speak. There is crime and homelessness in different areas. There is a need for vehicle safety and more clean up. But the beaches are nice and not too trashy. I love how diverse and inclusive the area is. There is an entire area of the city dedicated to local LGBTQ and that’s one of the most important things about living here! The arts district is cute and the restaurants are plenty and diverse as well.
- 468,883 Population
#138 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in California
- 473 reviews
Current Resident: Temecula has its pros and cons. It is a suburban town at a convenient distance from Los Angeles as well as San Diego. Temecula is a safe location for the most part. The schools are average, some schools that really stand out though are Vista Murrieta High School and Great Oak High School. Most of the schools in this school district aside from the aforementioned neglect their fine arts department unfortunately but the teachers are really good! Because Temecula is in Riverside County, most residents are right wing politically speaking, which is something that differs me from them. I am more left-leaning politically so this is something I found uncomfortable at moments.
- 112,230 Population
West Palm Beach
#139 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in Florida
- 496 reviews
Current Resident: Sunshine, Beaches, amusement parks! West Palm Beach, Florida has everything to attract people from other states and countries. Every day here feels like a summer day. We're one of the most known cities in the world. This is because we tend to take care of our city, show it off and love to live in it. I was born and raised in such a paradise-setting environment. This city is also very helpful. Anything you need is literally right around the corner. People love to visit for vacation! I can't see myself living anywhere else. This is my home.
- 108,365 Population
#140 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in New Mexico
- 529 reviews
Current Resident: I've lived in Las Cruces New Mexico for 16 years. The people are very friendly and caring most of the time. It is a very diverse town due to being so close to the mexico border. The sun sets are amazing year round. The summers are very very hot, but winters are very mild ( get for desert "rats"). Only 3 hours from Albuquerque and 45 minutes away from El Paso Texas. Best get away is 2.5 hours away to Ruidoso, this is especially nice in the summers where it is 20 degrees cooler! Las Cruces is a great town for hiking and adventures.
- 101,742 Population
#141 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in Oregon
- 809 reviews
Current Resident: Eugene, Oregon, is an amazing place. It is incredibly diverse, with lots of caring people and different cultures all around. It has amazing places to eat and lots of places to see. If you enjoy the outdoors, kayaking, swimming, hiking, biking, Eugene is PERFECT for you! Almost all the roads have bike paths, there are many rivers for kayaking and lots of beautiful places to hike and mountain bike. But there are parts of Eugene that are not at all family friendly. The homeless population is very high, so it can be dangerous to be out and about by yourself. There is a bad influence in many places, like the public schools. There are tons of pot stores and lots of sketchy people. So, if you're thinking about moving to Eugene, weigh your pros and cons before deciding.
- 165,997 Population
#142 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in California
- 1,458 reviews
Current Resident: I moved here in 2019. The culture is goal-oriented, lively, and fast pace. I immediately researched available opportunities for work and hobbies. There are options and paths for anything! I practice dance and yoga, and there are studios and classes all around me. Job and internship opportunities are readily available, so I never feel stuck anywhere. I love the scenery, as there are urban areas as well as beach cities and suburban areas mixed into it. It is easy to meet others since there are many people enjoying the outside.
- 3,959,657 Population
#143 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in Colorado
- 596 reviews
Current Resident: Aurora is a great place to live because it houses a lot of fine people who care about their community. Aurora has a lot of parks that encourage recreational activities for the rising generation in order to promote healthy living, exercise, and making friendships all while having a great time. Aurora is a great place to live, wonderful really!
- 363,550 Population
#144 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in Michigan
- 267 reviews
Works Here: I really enjoy exploring Lansing, MI. I may be biased because I went to Lansing Community College, a college within the downtown area. Lansing has great restaurants, my favorite being the Lansing Brewery. I also enjoy the coffee shops downtown such as Gipson's. There are so many family-friendly museums and attractions Lansing offers such as the R.E. Olds Museum, Impressions 5 Science Center, Michigan History Museum, Potter Park Zoo, and Michigan History Center. As one who does not drive, I appreciate the amazing public transportation. Some bus routes are free! Many locations are conveniently close and I can easily bus there. I also enjoy walking around the State Capital and reading on its history. Someday I hope to work at the Capital in Video Production. Although many places are great in Lansing, there are some areas not safe to walk alone at night (like the southern area). Overall, being in Lansing has been a wonderful experience.
- 116,699 Population
#145 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in North Carolina
- 957 reviews
Current Resident: A lot of fun stuff to do with family and friend. I've lived in Fayetteville since the summer of 2014, right before my junior year of high school. I am service-connected, as my parents are active duty army members. The city of Fayetteville is great for those who are connected to the military in some way, and for those who are dedicated to serving active-duty and veteran service members. With Fort Bragg being here, there are many different types of people that live here, from all walks of life! You are bound to find people that share similar beliefs, values, and interests as you--if you are willing to look. I work on fort bragg now in childcare service and center are awesome
- 209,867 Population
#146 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in Florida
- 571 reviews
Current Resident: I love Cape Coral! It is a beautiful place to live, secure area with lots of police, local establishments to attend, and nearby stores for easy access. However, you have to pay tolls to get to Ft. Myers and the costs add up. So I pay $2 every day to get to school, work, family, etc. Additionally, there's no Costco in Cape Coral so I have to drive far to get there as well.
- 178,593 Population
#147 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in California
- 270 reviews
Current Resident: Orange is a superb Californian town. From it's historical homes and Old Towne to it's prime location in the heart of Orange County just minutes from Disneyland, Angel's Stadium, Newport and Laguna Beaches, concert venues, and more! It's relaxing yet thrilling and a safe place for everyone to enjoy.
- 139,873 Population
#148 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in Florida
- 1,128 reviews
Current Resident: Miami is a warm big city with a lot of great fun outdoor activities, you can always stay active and eat delicious food everywhere you go. The weather is to die for! The beaches are beautiful, the people are great! You could never find yourself bored in this city. There is a wide range of different cultures in the city, people around the world come in to enjoy our beaches, and enjoy our different types of food. From Peruvian food to cuban food and Lebanese food. The public transportation system is improving and new ways of getting around the city. There is train that will see be in construction that will take you from he outskirts of the city all the way to the heart of Miami Beach. There is no winter weather in Miami, we have summer all year around, come to Miami the beach weather awaits you and the warm hearted people of the city will be helpful to your final destination. If you're planning to make a move instead of visiting you will not regret it. Everything in this city is great!
- 451,214 Population
#149 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in Missouri
- 407 reviews
Current Resident: What I like about Saint Louis is the affordability of the housing. I like the colleges/universities we have are all near each other and are top ranking. The rich diverse history of the city. I enjoy the growing restaurant scene popping up. I enjoy the quaint little areas like the Central West End and downtown on Washington where residence can enjoy fine dining, shopping, and nightlife within walking distance of where they live. The city has beautiful architecture in the buildings and brick houses that's been here for a hundred years. Our city has some of the best public schools in the country. We have great city attraction such as the Saint Louis Arch, The St. Louis Zoo, and our new Aquarium. We have top notch hospitals such as Barnes and St. Louis University Hospital. I love that we that greet people by asking "What high school did you go to". Summers are a blast here with free concerts and plays. Finally, the best thing about my city is baseball go Saint Louis Cardinals!
- 311,273 Population
#150 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in Washington
- 439 reviews
Current Resident: I have lived in Central Tacoma since 2017 and we love it! Central Tacoma is, well, central to all there is to do and go in this city and the wider region. Super easy to get around on a bike, stroll past historic and colorful craftsman houses, 10 minute walk (for me) to 6th Ave, short bike ride to Proctor. Tacoma rocks excellent and affordable restaurants, museums, music and comedy venues, and incredible parks! Transportation is improving year by year with major upgrades to public transportation, rail access to Seattle, etc.
- 210,103 Population
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