100 most livable cities in USA

Livability just came out with their 2nd annual top 100 best small to mid-sized cities in the U.S.
More than 2,000 cities were ranked by the following criteria:

  • Amenities: Variety of terrain; access to water; farmers markets; golf courses; parks; a moderate climate; role of arts in the community. 
  • Demographics: Racial, ethnic, and age diversity; population growth.
  • Economy: income inequality; income growth forecasts; employment; the amount residents spend on food.
  • Education: Quality of public schools; presence of colleges and universities; education levels of the adults.
  • Health care: Presence of hospitals within the town limits; low-birth-weight rate among children; obesity rates among adults; ratio of primary care physicians per 100,000 residents.
  • Housing: Access to affordable housing; diversity of housing stock.
  • Social and civic capital: Who are the people in your neighborhood? and what do they do for your neighborhood?
  • Transportation: Access to major airports; walkability; transportation costs; percentage of the population who commute to work by some means other than driving alone.

Below are the top 100 cities:

  1. Madison, Wisconsin
  2. Rochester, Minnesota
  3. Arlington, Virginia
  4. Boulder, Colorado
  5. Palo Alto, California
  6. Berkeley, California
  7. Santa Clara, California
  8. Missoula, Montana
  9. Boise, Idaho
  10. Iowa City, Iowa
  11. Bozeman, Montana
  12. Asheville, North Carolina
  13. Ann Arbor, Michigan
  14. Bellevue, Washington
  15. San Mateo, California
  16. Santa Barbara, California
  17. Overland Park, Kansas
  18. Salt Lake City, Utah
  19. Rockeville, Maryland
  20. Eugene, Oregon
  21. Pasadena, California
  22. Fargo, North Dakota
  23. Ventura, California
  24. Fort Collins, Colorado
  25. Sunnyvale, California
  26. Mountain View, California
  27. St. Louis Park, Minnesota
  28. Santa Monica, California
  29. Durham, North Carolina
  30. Ames, Iowa
  31. San Rafael, California
  32. Frederick, Maryland
  33. Greenville, South Carolina
  34. Lakewood, Colorado
  35. Provo, Utah
  36. Sandy Springs, Georgia
  37. Lincoln, Nebraska
  38. Miami Beach, Florida
  39. Quincy, Massachusetts
  40. Cambridge, Massachusetts
  41. Sioux Falls, South Dakota
  42. Towson, Maryland
  43. Tempe, Arizona
  44. Portland, Maine
  45. Alameda, California
  46. Renton, Washington
  47. Bellingham, Washington
  48. Beaverton, Oregon
  49. Fullerton, California
  50. Columbia, Missouri
  51. Bismarck, North Dakota
  52. Helena, Montana
  53. Irvine, California
  54. Reno, Nevada
  55. Olympia, Washington
  56. Santa Cruz, California
  57. West Des Moines, Iowa
  58. Honolulu, Hawaii
  59. Eau Claire, Wisconsin
  60. Ashland, Oregon
  61. Monterey, California
  62. Chapel Hill, North Carolina
  63. Alexandria, Virginia
  64. North Bethesda, Maryland
  65. Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  66. Lexington, Kentucky
  67. White Plains, New York
  68. Costa Mesa, California
  69. Corvallis, Oregon
  70. Manhattan, Kansas
  71. Tampa, Florida
  72. Silver Spring, Maryland
  73. Kirkland, Washington
  74. Lawrence, Kansas
  75. Westminster, Colorado
  76. Bend, Oregon
  77. Redmond, Washington
  78. Santa Rosa, California
  79. Goleta, California
  80. Knoxville, Tennessee
  81. Stamford, Connecticut
  82. Des Moines, Iowa
  83. Fayetteville, Arkansas
  84. Denton, Texas
  85. Springfield, Missouri
  86. Orlando, Florida
  87. Menlo Park, California
  88. Salem, Oregon
  89. Burbank, California
  90. Hayward, California
  91. Greensboro, North Carolina
  92. Charleston, South Carolina
  93. Richardson, Texas
  94. Tysons Corner, Virginia
  95. La Crosse, Wisconsin
  96. Grand Rapids, Michigan
  97. Framingham, Massachusetts
  98. Billings, Montana
  99. Brookline, Massachusetts
  100. Coral Gables, Florida

Do you live in one of the above cities?
Do you agree with the ranking criteria? (I’m surprised crime rate isn’t a criterion.)

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5 years ago

Bullsh*t! Somebody’s selling something.Several towns in Taxifonia and not a single one in Texas?

5 years ago
Reply to  gregslinden

Okay, my mistake; ONE city from Texas……one second thought….yeah, that’s right! Texas is a crummy state! Don’t come here..er, don’t go there! You don’t want to move there, and live, because….you wouldn’t like it! That’s it- move to CALIFORNIA!…..Because things are WONDERFUL in CALIFORNIA!

5 years ago
Reply to  gregslinden

I was, with RAGE, apparently….Two cities in Texas…TO STAY AWAY FROM!

5 years ago

In Massachusetts, the towns of Quincy and Framingham have troubling crime problems and increasing numbers of illegal immigrants and radical muslims. The People’s Republic of Cambridge (PRC) almost fails to qualify as part of a constitutional republic. And we recently decided against a loved one attending a school in Orlando, Florida. Reason: a serious crime problem, the targeting of unsuspecting young students.

5 years ago

List created by left wingers.

Bill Wilson
Bill Wilson
5 years ago

Bull poop! Not one town in Indiana yet crime-ridden mecca’s of liberalism get ranked? No Carmel, no Zionsville, no Fishers, no South Bend, and no Indy……This is as bogus as an Obama presidency.

John Molloy
John Molloy
5 years ago

I too am surprised that the crime rate is not a criteria along with the number of illegal aliens and members of MS13. This must be a list prepared by yuppies wearing blinders

5 years ago

not many in texas… (pout) 🙁 …Denton and Richardson I believe is up near Dallas… i remember when Cedar Park was mention in Better Housekeeping as the best family friendly place to live in TX

5 years ago

# 39 is of great historical value, but if one is interested in beaches, #38 has more to offer.

ThePolitical Port
ThePolitical Port
5 years ago

LMAO!!! Hayward California!?!?! Gang/Meth ridden city! I think I’ll drive around there and make a video and see if people want to live there. You could be neighbors with a Norteno gang member! Woo hoo!! LOL

5 years ago
5 years ago

Durham, NC? Lol!!! Durham is a sanctuary city. Several years ago, a cop my sister knew said “If a fence was put up around Durham, crime in Raleigh would be virtually non-existent.”

5 years ago

Chicago is sure not up there…

5 years ago
Reply to  Dr. Eowyn

Well, even if…

5 years ago

I live in one of these cities and agree it should be there. BUT it is going downhill fast, as we are hated, rather than admired, by the neighboring large city. They just located a meth clinic directly across from a public elementary school here–it serves all the nearby crime ridden cites–so I am feeling pleased as punch about that, but there are many good things compared to where I am from, where I got held up so many times I was used to it. (It of course was run by Democrats.)

5 years ago

Bellevue and Kirkland – affordable housing? Bellevue’s average price is $589,200 and Kirkland’s is $461,000, according to Zillow. Guess it’s affordable for those Microsoft employees…


White Plains, NY Has no middle class just rich and illegal immigrants, Professional Leach Class….Now look at the criteria with no crime. Survey is a joke.

Steven Broiles
5 years ago

I look at it this way: I’ve lived in New York City my whole life, I’ve seen it go down the tubes and I’ve seen it come back. I would rather be in North Carolina, but I can’t make a living there. New York is not perfect, but it is convenient and cleaner and safer than it was. My only complaint is I cannot legally own firearms here. So I have to settle, for now.


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