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#1 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in Texas
- Rating 4.33 out of 5 435 reviews
Current Resident: We have lived all over (San Diego, DC, Chicago, Dallas, San Antonio, Jacksonville). The Woodlands is great, especially if you have a family. Great schools. Good people. Very safe! Clean. The Woodlands and its various villages are spread out in both Montgomery County and Harris County. The newest homes are in Creekside/Harris County and they range from $350K to $1.3+ million. Creekside is associated with Tomball ISD, which is a solid school system and less Beverly Hills 90210 and without the mega 1,500 student high school senior class that you see in Conroe ISD/older sections of The Woodlands. There are mega rich sections of The Woodlands in Montgomery Co. near Hughes Landing, but several older sections too with average, but aging housing. Montgomery Co. courts are MUCH tougher on criminals than Harris County and criminals know that, BUT Constable Precinct 4 has the paid contract to patrol Creekside so the police service is outstanding and dedicated to patrolling the area.
- 113,819 Population
#2 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in Virginia
- Rating 4.54 out of 5 226 reviews
Current Resident: I've lived in Arlington for almost 18 years, and I really love it. It's the perfect mix of urban and suburban. There is plenty of outdoor space to enjoy. We are pretty close to the Capitol, so there is a lot of activity going on. There's many opportunities for entertainment and exercise in the area. It's a very wealthy area, so our government funded establishments are very strong and hold a wealth of resources for the community. Commuting to and from work is not super tedious. I know plenty of people who can easy walk, metro, or bike each day. I do believe that there is something great for everyone here, and there is always something new to explore!
- 233,464 Population
#3 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in Illinois
- Rating 4.15 out of 5 640 reviews
Current Resident: Naperville is an extremely welcoming city near Chicago. The area holds loads of fun activities and shopping centers. The downtown area has a huge range of options for places to go with friends. Naperville is also extremely safe, with a very low crime rate. It's definitely the place to be!
- 147,501 Population
#4 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in Kansas
- Rating 4.14 out of 5 432 reviews
Current Resident: Overland Park is a great suburb of Kansas City. It has a terrific family atmosphere. There are plenty of places to eat and shop. OP also has great sports facilities including a world-class youth soccer complex as well as several top-notch sports academies. Sitting just 15 minutes outside of Kansas City, Overland Park also has access to world-class performing arts, KC Royals, KC Chiefs, the College Basketball Experience including the entertainment district Power & Light, Country Club Plaza, Crown Center (Hallmark), and much more. Of course being the BBQ capital of the nation we also are close to KC Joe's, Hayward's, Jack Stack, Gates, and more!
- 191,011 Population
#5 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in Massachusetts
- Rating 4.31 out of 5 109 reviews
Current Resident: Cambridge is an amazing city to live in with it's high standards in regards to education, both primary and secondary, the amazing job opportunities that are offered in the technology sectors, as well as the great and often cheap public transportation as Cambridge is interconnected with the MBTA (The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority) public transit system. Unfortunately there isn't much to do at night beside going out for dining. There are a plethora of small businesses that offer amazing experiences to it's customers. However, the houses here are very expensive, often bein the the multi-millions. Cambridge has also been sufferings from gentrification as those who are living in the public housing are being moved constantly so that the buildings can be knocked down and rebuilt to be more modern and appealing to those who are moving into Cambridge.
- 116,632 Population
#6 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in Michigan
- Rating 4.26 out of 5 519 reviews
Niche User: A sweet and enjoyable small town! Ann Arbor offers everything that you need in your day to day life. The town is filled with restaurants, shops, music venues, fantastic schools, grocery stores and the best farmers market! I really enjoy the small town feel, but it is also nice that we have access to Detroit and if you are up to a big adventure Chicago is only 4 hours away! I am here as a graduate student and I am very glad I chose to come to Ann Arbor. Everyday you will see students, working professionals, and retirees walking around the town, eating at restaurants and truly enjoying life! Also, the ARBORETUM is to die for (trust me, you will want to go see this place). I can definitely see myself raising my kids here one day! DEFINITELY A MUST SEE TOWN!
- 120,735 Population
#7 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in Texas
- Rating 4.1 out of 5 861 reviews
Current Resident: Moving from a smaller town in the midwest, to Plano, Texas has been one of the best decisions that I've made so far. The people here in Plano are so diverse, and so hospitable! I've encountered so many people in public who have been so warm and welcoming; it's honestly a culture shock. I would also say that, overall, the city of Plano is fairly clean and safe. In the previous town that I lived in, potholes were rampant, and the roads needed servicing. As mind-boggling as this may sound, I have not encountered a pothole yet (my car thanks me)! Living in Texas has been quite the joy, and there's an abundance of amazing towns and cities; however, Plano has it's own je ne sais quoi that makes it stand out. Plano truly is a city for everyone!
- 287,064 Population
#8 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in Maryland
- Rating 4.17 out of 5 377 reviews
Nearby Resident: Columbia, MD is very family friendly and has the conveniences that all families needs such as supermarkets, malls, boutique shops, and restaurants. There are many places that you can enjoy outdoor leisure time and never have to worry about personal safety. The community is diverse and allows people to freely enjoy the secret treasures of this bedroom community. What takes it over the top is that there are options for all -- Walmart, Target, Sam's or Costco. A step further, there is Trader Joe's, Mom's and Whole Foods. One can enjoy reading a book at Barnes and Nobles, or having hot tea at the local IHOP. You can walk, jog or run around the lake, or just sit and enjoy the view. And, do not forget to pamper yourself at any number of the spas, nail shops and salons. And the warmer months allow you to enjoy the sounds of music at Merriweather Post Pavilion, which draws some of the hottest talent and largest crowds! Welcome to Columbia, MD - we are waiting for you...
- 103,991 Population
#9 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in California
- Rating 4.08 out of 5 180 reviews
Works Here: First of Berkeley Ca is a very diverse place. It is a place where you can feel free and express yourself without the fear of being judged. The neighborhoods are beautiful and are surrounded with big beautiful green tress. It has a great variety of public schools and we have UC Berkeley in our own back yard! There is always great food around along with friendly people. The great thing about Berkeley its young and welcoming atmosphere. The one thing I would change about it would be the gentrification that is happening. Gentrification takes away a lot of the historical value Berkeley has to offer.
- 121,485 Population
#10 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in Washington
- Rating 4.38 out of 5 162 reviews
Current Resident: I just moved to Bellevue from Southern California a few months ago. I love being in close proximity to everything- 15 minutes to Seattle, 15 minutes to wine country, 30 minutes to a beautiful waterfall and snow in Snoqualmie. I also like how diverse it is and traffic is not bad. I appreciate the emphasis on public transportation here and I'm excited for the east side light rail extension.
Bellevue and east side in general is safe and nice looking, but there are a couple cons: eating out is hella expensive. It's not uncommon to end up spending like $25 or more on a whole pizza. Tacos are like $4-5 each at a lot of places. Fish is surprisingly hard to find and is also very expensive unless you want just fish and chips.
You can probably find whatever it is you want to eat if you're willing to spend $15-25 for it. That's honestly probably the biggest con.
Oh and the housing market is pretty darn expensive. The rental market isn't bad though.
- 144,403 Population
#11 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in California
- Rating 4.34 out of 5 497 reviews
Visitor: I really enjoy this city because of how clean and open the roads are; overall the city feels breathable due to the low amount of tall buildings and offers several places to surround yourself with nature on a hike. One of my favorite places to visit is the Irvine Spectrum mall because of the many places to shop, eat and socialize. I love coming with my friends and family to take the day off and simply enjoy each others company watching a movie or racing a competitive match on Mario Cart at Dave and Busters! The Great Park also has many fun activities like hopping onto the carousel or (my personal favorite) viewing the whole city and become mesmerized by the landscape from a hot air balloon. This city is truly one of my favorites and holds many dear memories of me and my loved ones.
- 273,157 Population
#12 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in Texas
- Rating 4.09 out of 5 302 reviews
Current Resident: Richardson is a great central location in the DFW area. It's smaller, cute, yet growing. There are lots of great restaurants and parks/natural preserve area (great for hiking, biking, exploring), and housing price is better than Northeast Dallas. They also have an excellent school district.
The list go on and on. Check it out yourself!
- 116,432 Population
#13 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in Washington
- Rating 4.23 out of 5 909 reviews
Current Resident: I love the proximity to nature..in so many ways. Lovely parks like Greenlake, Discovery, Carkeek, Washington Park Arboretum. Also, something as simple as a neighborhood walk looking at people's impressive gardens. Then of course, the mountains! Hikes as close as 30 mins away.
I also love the coffee shops! There is every kind of coffee shop here. You can go with a friend, or alone!
Farmers markets! The Ballard and Fremont ones are my favorite.
The sense of community. Whatever your passion is, you can find your "people". Foodies, bikers, parents, gamers, dancers, bibliophiles....everyone!
We have mountains, beaches, rolling hills, water....a little bit of everything!
- 724,305 Population
#14 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in Wisconsin
- Rating 3.99 out of 5 703 reviews
Current Resident: Madison is an amazing city! You get everything you can get in a huge city, right here in this mid-sized city. The amazing arts in the community can be seen in places like the Orpheum Theatre, Barrymore Theatre, Bartell Community Theatre, Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, etc. You have plenty of venues for comedians and musicians such as the Sylvee on the east side or Comedy Club on State Street, not to mention the Alliant Energy Center for more big name artists. This city has more parks per capita than any city in the U.S.! The outdoor recreation is insane, even in the winter! This place has it all.
- 254,977 Population
#15 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in California
- Rating 4.22 out of 5 867 reviews
Current Resident: Gorgeous architecture and history, incredible opportunities for all kinds of different activities in fields such as art, culture, various kinds of cuisines, numerous parks and of course, the beach, make San Francisco a multi-faceted city.
Needless to say, the city also has issues that it needs to work on; for example helping the homeless population, or making public transport more accessible, safe and clean.
Nevertheless, the city offers so much potential for ambitious and creative people, and is just all around welcoming to visitors and people from abroad.
Another unique aspect is the climate - San Francisco’s micro climates are mind baffling, even after several years of having lived here; one neighborhood might be chilly and overcast at around 50 degrees, while another district, not 5 minutes away, is boasting sunny 69 degrees! Visitors, be warned - bring layers!
I am enjoying living in this city, and I can’t wait to watch San Francisco continue to blossom and develop!
- 874,961 Population
#16 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in California
- Rating 4.08 out of 5 249 reviews
Works Here: Sunnyvale is the city I've grown up in, and I love it! Sunnyvale has some of the best public schools, starting from elementary all the way up to high school. There are a lot of different areas in Sunnyvale to shop, explore, and have fun. There are still small businesses in Sunnyvale, such as Zanotto's Family Market, the fruit stand, and others around the city. Sunnyvale is a rather big town, but it has that small town feel. You get to know your neighbors and everyone is super friendly. For nightlife, downtown is a great place to go, filled with many restaurant choices, bars, nightclubs, and an ice rink in December. Over the summer, downtown hosts different bands for free concerts on Wednesdays, bringing the community together even more. These are just a few things that make Sunnyvale unique - come visit and see for yourself!
- 152,770 Population
#17 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in North Carolina
- Rating 4.06 out of 5 1,215 reviews
Current Resident: I have really enjoyed my time in Raleigh so far. I moved back to Raleigh after four years in western NC for college, and I had forgotten how much there is to do in the capitol city. Downtown has seen quite a bit of growth in the past few years with the addition of many new businesses, restaurants, nightlife and activities. I recommend Amorino Raleigh for desserts, Sir Walter Raleigh for coffee, Parkside Restaurant for dinner, Just Salad for lunch, North Hills and Cameron Village for shopping, the Red Hat Amphitheater for concerts, Historic Oakwood for a stroll, and Drive Shack for a late-night activity. Between the exceptional pubic schools, diverse communities, range of activities, and the bustling nightlife- there is no place like Raleigh, NC!
- 464,485 Population
#18 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in Colorado
- Rating 4.04 out of 5 317 reviews
Former Resident: Boulder is very much it’s own place and you won’t find another place like it. It is extremely health-conscious, liberal and safe. You can go on a beautiful hike less then 5 minutes from home! The restaurants are a delight, but expensive, however worth it in my opinion. It’s vegan friendly and highly educated. The mental health resources are stellar as well. Commercial, big boxed stores are coming in more and more but less so then in most towns.
The downsides is it becoming gentrified by wealth. It’s unfortunate because more people should be able to enjoy the town. If you’re looking for a cheap place to live, this is not the place. You can find a more attractive priced place that is probably about 10 to 20 minutes away. Sadly if you are a person of color it is extremely difficult to live there. The police profile often and it’s just not a diverse place to live.
Overall, Boulder is great but is getting pricier and much more crowded but still a gem.
- 106,392 Population
#19 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in Georgia
- Rating 4.06 out of 5 206 reviews
Current Resident: I have really enjoyed Sandy Springs! It is just a short drive from Atlanta populated with anything from families, to up and coming young professionals. There is something for everyone here. My personal favorite thing to do is visit some of the community parks and nature areas. VERY well-kept and safe for everyone.
- 107,072 Population
#20 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in California
- Rating 4.33 out of 5 288 reviews
Current Resident: Torrance is a great city. Personally, the closeness to several beaches makes the city worth wild. Hollywood Riviera offers countless delicious restaurants as well as Old Town Torrance. Also the Del Amo Mall has all stores for all your shopping needs! A city great for families.
- 145,492 Population
#21 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in Minnesota
- Rating 4.23 out of 5 610 reviews
Current Resident: I absolutely love Minneapolis. I came here for college (and there are a number of small colleges that do an incredible job and that facilitate connections between themselves, in addition to the massive U of M), but I stayed for the community. I was especially hooked by the vibrant community of artists and makers that ensure that our city is always full of creativity, new life, and fun for people of all ages and all walks of life. We are also a beautiful melting pot of cultures, and I love that my neighborhood represents that diversity in its residents, its shops, its restaurants, and the languages used by community organizations. The biggest drawback is the winter, but even that is fun when embrace it (like through sledding and hot cocoa)!
- 420,324 Population
#22 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in Virginia
- Rating 4.38 out of 5 358 reviews
Current Resident: Looking to get away without getting away? Alexandria can be your local retreat. Alexandria offers a deep dive into history, a vast culture, and day/night adventures. Alexandria gives you grand gourmet food you dream of and also comfort food you never knew you needed. Old Town, Alexandria reminds you of simpler times with the cobble stone roads and beautiful townhouse and home. Old Town, Alexandria gives you a chance to realz by the water and enjoy the view. The people are friendly and charming. They are happy to have you visit and explore their home town. Soon their hometown will your hometown. During this stressful time, the restaurants and other cute stores welcome you with their safe and cleaning regulations. Some might say that living here is too expensive but there is a wide range of homes and apartments around the area to make any living arrangement work. The metro can take you right into DC so the city is just a simple ride away! The airport is easy to assess in the metro
- 157,613 Population
#23 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in California
- Rating 3.86 out of 5 203 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!
- 127,721 Population
#24 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in Texas
- Rating 3.93 out of 5 694 reviews
Current Resident: College Station has a lot of dining and shopping choices without the busy traffic of a larger city. I would love to see more fishing options in the area or an increase in amount of fish stocked throughout the year. The public schools are fantastic! The teachers care about the student's success and will go above and beyond to help struggling students. Texas A&M University is in our backyard so there are lots of job opportunities in a wide variety of fields. Overall I believe College Station is a great place to raise a small family, go to college, or retire there is something for everyone.
- 113,686 Population
#25 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in Missouri
- Rating 3.85 out of 5 451 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!
- 121,230 Population