#7 Best Places to Live in America
- Town in Indiana
- 268 reviews
Current Resident: We moved to Carmel from the northeast, and at the time I was wary of moving to Indiana - a state I knew nothing about other than farms. Boy, was I wrong. Carmel is beautiful- sophisticated, charming, kind, innovative and stocked with families all working to create a beautiful life for their kids and themselves. Infrastructure is top notch and well-planned, the homes and neighborhoods are gorgeous and affordable, the area is filled with good, high-paying jobs, the public school facilities are amazing, and quality of teaching and programs offered - both public and community programs- are outstanding. Like another poster said, come visit- you will be amazed! I’ve met so many transplants, and some who moved just after seeing Carmel during a visit with friends. I can’t imagine another city offering the quality of life we have in Carmel, we are so grateful to live here. This city is the poster child of forward-thinking leadership as well as listening to what it’s residents want.
- 90,163 Population
#10 Best Places to Live in America
- Suburb of Boston, MA
- 128 reviews
Current Resident: Every day I feel grateful to live in such a safe, beautiful, and diverse town like Brookline! The town of Brookline is very close to downtown Boston (15-20 minute train ride at the most). That being said, there are plenty of amenities available in Brookline itself that make traveling downtown necessary only occasionally, including Trader Joe's and many delicious restaurants and bars. Having grown up in a major city, I appreciate how safe I feel in Brookline even late at night. The town attracts people from all over the world, many of whom move here for professional opportunities. I have never had to worry about the streets being plowed in the winter, as the town is extremely on top of it! Honestly, this is as close to a Utopia town as you can get, and the only downside is that the housing stock is pretty old and expensive. Your best bet is to buy an apartment if you can and make it over, or find a rental property that the landlord is willing to renovate.
- 59,234 Population
#14 Best Places to Live in America
- Town in New Mexico
- 18 reviews
Current Resident: Los Alamos is a great town for outdoor enthusiasts. Miles and miles of trails, great camping sites all over, rock climbing, skiing, rafting...The longest commute to work is 15 minutes. The town is very safe, and the schools are good. Schools used to be 10/10, but in the past few years, they went down to 7/10. My oldest child is much older than my youngest, and helping at schools with both of them, I can see the difference :(
The downside of Los Alamos, is that many local residents have a mentality of living here temporary, and do not invest much in local businesses, they shop "off the hill". For the town with a median household income twice the national average, Los Alamos invests very little in itself. Poor entertainment and shopping as a result.
The housing also looks a little depressing. The majority of the houses were built in the early era of Los Alamos, and only a few are remodeled. These old houses create a certain look, which may take some time to get used to.
- 12,373 Population
#19 Best Places to Live in America
- Suburb of Chicago, IL
- 26 reviews
Current Resident: We moved here 2 years ago and love it! Housing is spendy but there are no "cookie cutter" houses and the neighborhoods look great. Everything is walk-able. We love letting our kids walk to the library and into town for an ice cream cone or slice of pizza. I walk to the Metra station and can be in Chicago in 1/2 hour without dealing with the horrendous Chicago traffic. People are friendly and folks wave and visit. The middle school is top notch and feels much smaller than it is. My kids' teachers actually know who they are. We are so glad we are here.
- 8,711 Population
#27 Best Places to Live in America
- Suburb of Raleigh, NC
- 66 reviews
Current Resident: Morrisville is very clean and fresh-looking! It's homey and very diverse. I have recently moved here for work and it was very easy to find my current job. Many people commute to Raleigh, Durham, or Chapel Hill to work as well. I like how Morrisville is right in the middle of the triangle, so everything is in easy access! Morrisville offers many wonderful places to eat as well, and a lot of them are privately owned so you get authentic meals. If you are more interested in night life, downtown Raleigh is just down the road, and makes for an easy way to go out with your friends.
- 25,007 Population
Presidio of San Francisco
#29 Best Places to Live in America
- Neighborhood in San Francisco, CA
- 3 reviews
Current Resident: Great park. Beautiful sights, easy transportation to other activities. See Crissy Field and the views of the Golden Gate Bridge or the old Spanish fort buildings. Go the the Walt Disney Family Museum or Fort Point, which has been in it's location in one form or another since the 1700's!
- 3,315 Population
#31 Best Places to Live in America
- Suburb of Philadelphia, PA
- 13 reviews
Current Resident: Swarthmore offers a surfeit of of opportunities for young families. You have access to some of the highest quality public education in the area, you are a 30 minute train ride into the city of Philadelphia, and are footsteps away from the breathtaking campus of Swarthmore College. There are very few restaurants and not many activities in terms of nightlife. However, a quick trip into the neighboring Media or the city, and this solves the problem. There are cute cafes and little shops to explore, along with many markets on weekends. There is definitely a lack of diversity and the houses aren't cheap, nor are the property taxes. However, the old houses are beautiful.
- 6,304 Population
#32 Best Places to Live in America
- Suburb of St. Louis, MO
- 24 reviews
Nearby Resident: Beautiful suburb of St. Louis! Has a business district with shopping and restaurants, as well as very nice residential areas. Good place to live for students, young professionals, or families.
- 16,448 Population
#35 Best Places to Live in America
- Suburb of Raleigh, NC
- 457 reviews
Current Resident: Cary is a very nice area to live. There are many great schools around for children. There are also numerous unique community programs for children, adults, and seniors. Cary has a great variety of restaurants in addition to the shopping opportunities. The American Tobacco Trail and greenways throughout the town provide a great way to get outside and enjoy the outdoors. There are also several outdoor events throughout the year that are great for the whole family including food truck rodeos, music concerts, and festivals. Overall, Cary is a great place for individuals, couples, families, and even pets as it provides exceptional opportunities and a welcoming community feel!
- 163,266 Population
#37 Best Places to Live in America
- Suburb of Dallas, TX
- 198 reviews
Current Resident: I have lived in N. Texas for almost two decades and five of those years have been in Coppell. Coppell is a very diverse, forward thinking, safe and comfortable town in the middle of the DFW metroplex. Because of its location, we are close to major airports, sporting events, concerts, lakes, and fantastic cultural venues/events. Our parks in Coppell are very well maintained with several miles of great walking/biking paths. The City of Coppell does a fantastic job of providing excellent customer service, hospitality, and amenities to the citizens. I echo many of comments here about the school district...it is excellent! If you are looking for a place to call home with an engaging community that is ideal for raising a family...look no further, Coppell, Texas is the right place!
- 41,512 Population
#44 Best Places to Live in America
- Town in Texas
- 450 reviews
Current Resident: I moved to Sugar Land, TX from Cleveland, OH metro area over a year ago. After living in 5 states over the last 10 years I am ready to call this place home! Family life is amazing with lots of lakes, cycling, outdoor running, and amazing city center. Schools are great and several hospitals around. Diversity is off the charts and living in harmony together. tons of restaurants and shopping within 10 minute drive. I am very impressed with this city thus far and my wife and kids are in love with it. We live in new territory subdivision.
- 118,182 Population
Mount Lebanon Township
#47 Best Places to Live in America
- Suburb of Pittsburgh, PA
- 82 reviews
Current Resident: Mt Lebanon is close to the city, with a few t and bus stops in the area, while maintaining a quiet suburban feel. Its a cute area and has many walkable restaurants/shops, but diversity is a major issue. Mt Lebanon is overwhelmingly white and does not have many cultural sites or attempts at inclusivity. Even the restaurants in the area are mainly Eurocentric. The school district is fantastic at surface level, but fails to provide students with an adequate education about the history of nonwhite countries, present day struggles for people of color, and doubles down on white washing literature and American history. If the issue of diversity in this town was actually talked about and those in charge began instituting changes, this would be a fantastic place to live and raise a family, but it is impossible to ignore this huge red flag.
- 32,540 Population
#50 Best Places to Live in America
- Suburb of Chicago, IL
- 152 reviews
Current Resident: As a teenager growing up in Buffalo Grove, the majority of my plans with friends involve eating out with friends at one of the numerous restaurants around the area. There are so many amazing options for food in and around Buffalo Grove that include cuisine from almost anything you could think of. In the summer, I bike ride constantly around the area, and I never feel worried about my safety in Buffalo Grove. In order to explore some activities beyond food and dessert, you may need to venture into nearby suburbs. However, you don't need to travel far to experience pedal boating at Independence Grove, indoor skydiving and outlet malls at Rosemont, and other awesome options to do with friends or family. I've been lucky to attend Stevenson High School, which has given me the ability to meet so many people in a diverse atmosphere. Through my AP classes and the rigor of the school, I know I will be prepare to take on college and beyond. Happy to grow up here!
- 41,329 Population
#59 Best Places to Live in America
- Suburb of St. Louis, MO
- 47 reviews
Current Resident: I enjoy living in Creve Coeur. We are in a great neighborhood with great neighbors. Creve Coeur Lake is not far, and is such a great place to walk and be outdoors. Another great thing about the area is the affordability. For being such a great area, you can get a lot of house for your money. The two things I dislike about the area are how long it takes to get to the highway and also the amount of chain restaurants and stores here. I wish their were more local, small businesses around here but most of those are closer to the city.
- 18,445 Population
#62 Best Places to Live in America
- Neighborhood in St. Paul, MN
- 35 reviews
Current Resident: Very nice place to raise a family or go to school, lots of neighborhood life and colleges surrounding. Close to the larger cities but more suburban--easy to get to a large sporting event or concert without being in the middle of the chaos. Walkable and bikeable area, very friendly towards pedestrians.
- 19,540 Population
#64 Best Places to Live in America
- Town in Georgia
- 320 reviews
Current Resident: A quiet, northern suburb of Atlanta. Excellent schools, weather, parks, and entertainment! Great for families and overall a great place to live in. The downtown scene is filled with local mom/pop restaurants and businesses. The holiday decorations are a sight to see! Overall recommended :)
- 64,672 Population
#65 Best Places to Live in America
- Suburb in Kansas
- 62 reviews
Current Resident: The community in Prairie Village is great! While shopping at the Village or riding bikes around Meadowbrook park, people from around the neighborhood will smile and start conversations with you. The only issues are that there is a large lack of diversity and it's far more expensive than surrounding neighborhoods.
- 22,048 Population
#66 Best Places to Live in America
- Suburb of Rochester, NY
- 77 reviews
Current Resident: Brighton is a very safe and united community. The resources provided here is phenomenal and the community gives back so much. The public schools are some of the best in New York. Everyone is so friendly and kind! Also, it is a very open community with beautiful parks. Although I could say that it needs more diversity, everyone is so accepting and open minded!
- 36,447 Population
#70 Best Places to Live in America
- Suburb of Milwaukee, WI
- 21 reviews
Current Resident: Elm Grove is a unique place. It has everything you would expect and more. The community is kind, generous, and caring. The neighborhoods are safe and welcoming. The school systems are diverse as well as the members of the community. It is a very safe and kid-friendly town. Also, it is a relaxing place with a park and fun cafes around every corner. Although many people view it as a wealthier community, which is true many people are wealthy in Elm Grove, it also has layers. Like the rings inside of a tree, Elm Grove has many different people in it. I think I enjoy living here not just because of the pace itself, but because of the people.
- 6,172 Population
#81 Best Places to Live in America
- Suburb of Toledo, OH
- 9 reviews
Current Resident: Great schools, great neighborhoods. A lovely, walkable community, with many beautiful, historic homes; large meadows with a creek winding through; village police force and services (trash & recycling).
- 4,436 Population
#82 Best Places to Live in America
- Suburb of Indianapolis, IN
- 372 reviews
Current Resident: I’ve lived in Fishers my whole life. It’s a very neat little community and I love it with all my heart. The people are very friendly and there are a lot of job opportunities in the restaurant and business industries. Construction and improvements are being made often to make Fishers a better community in which to live and work. The downtown area is a short walk away from most neighborhoods, and it’s only a short drive to Indianapolis. I would really recommend it to anyone looking for a place to crash for the weekend or to live in after retirement. It’s just a really great community!
- 88,717 Population
#83 Best Places to Live in America
- Neighborhood in Seattle, WA
- 3 reviews
Visitor: This location is great for those who work downtown and don't want a long commute. It is close to everything; restaurants, stores, downtown on Seattle waterfront. Not exactly a family neighborhood, more for career oriented singles or couples. Some street noises but nothing too bad.
- 1,864 Population
#84 Best Places to Live in America
- Town in Michigan
- 242 reviews
Current Resident: I really liked how in Troy there are many options in pursuing different high school educations. There is a whole school based on the IB Program. Then the two main high schools are large and inviting and the Niles High School helos students ready for their future jobs get their quicker. There are also opportunities for so much diversity. As in my own neighborhood, we are filled with different people and languages, and ethnicities!
- 83,881 Population
#90 Best Places to Live in America
- Suburb of St. Louis, MO
- 130 reviews
Current Resident: Great area! The people are super nice and welcoming. A ton of stores and restaurants are easily accessible and the airport and downtown/midtown are only about 20-30 minutes away by car. The schools in the area are also amazing and provide great educations! The only problem is the lack of diversity. Mostly affluent white families live in Chesterfield.
- 47,663 Population
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