Austin, TX

badge #1 in Best Places to Live

People are drawn to the Texas capital’s music, outdoor spaces and cultural institutions. Austin was established along the Colorado … more

  • 7.6 Overall Score
  • 7.3 Quality of Life
  • 6.7 Value
Austin, TX photos

Denver, CO

badge #2 in Best Places to Live

Founded in the mid-1800s as a mining hub during the gold rush, Denver has come a long way since its Wild West days. Over time, its … more

  • 7.4 Overall Score
  • 7.0 Quality of Life
  • 6.7 Value
Denver, CO photos

Colorado Springs, CO

badge #3 in Best Places to Live

Colorado Springs might not jump off the map as an economic or cultural hub the way larger metro areas like Denver do. But in a quie… more

  • 7.4 Overall Score
  • 7.0 Quality of Life
  • 6.6 Value
Colorado Springs, CO photos

Fayetteville, AR

badge #4 in Best Places to Live

Located in a region that’s experiencing drastic growth, Fayetteville – together with Bentonville, Rogers and Springdale – has trans… more

  • 7.3 Overall Score
  • 7.5 Quality of Life
  • 8.2 Value
Fayetteville, AR photos

Des Moines, IA

badge #5 in Best Places to Live

The capital of this so-called flyover state may not top your to-visit list, but Des Moines is a great place to live and raise a fam… more

  • 7.3 Overall Score
  • 7.0 Quality of Life
  • 8.4 Value
Des Moines, IA photos

Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN

badge #6 in Best Places to Live

Minneapolis and St. Paul not only have big-city amenities like museums and sports stadiums, but also have an approachable Midwester… more

  • 7.3 Overall Score
  • 7.1 Quality of Life
  • 7.7 Value
Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN photos

San Francisco, CA

badge #7 in Best Places to Live

A beautiful region filled with iconic landmarks, independently owned businesses and trendsetting residents, San Francisco has long … more

  • 7.3 Overall Score
  • 6.8 Quality of Life
  • 4.9 Value
San Francisco, CA photos

Portland, OR

badge #8 in Best Places to Live

Portland’s population toes the line between an innocent playfulness and a shameless wild side. Naked bicycle rides, a fully costume… more

  • 7.2 Overall Score
  • 6.7 Quality of Life
  • 6.0 Value
Portland, OR photos

Seattle, WA

badge #9 in Best Places to Live

To answer the question on many people’s mind: “No, it doesn’t rain all the time.” Seattle gets less rain annually than Boston, New … more

  • 7.2 Overall Score
  • 6.6 Quality of Life
  • 5.9 Value
Seattle, WA photos

Raleigh & Durham, NC

badge #10 in Best Places to Live

Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill are known for their research/technology roots and collegiate rivalries. This tri-city region (known… more

  • 7.2 Overall Score
  • 6.9 Quality of Life
  • 7.7 Value
Raleigh & Durham, NC photos

Huntsville, AL

badge #11 in Best Places to Live

Once a sleepy farming town, Huntsville gained national recognition during the Space Race of the 1960s and is now the fastest-growin… more

  • 7.1 Overall Score
  • 6.6 Quality of Life
  • 8.8 Value
Huntsville, AL photos

Madison, WI

badge #12 in Best Places to Live

Against a backdrop of high-tech businesses and acclaimed academic institutions, Madison, Wisconsin, exudes the casual, down-to-eart… more

  • 7.1 Overall Score
  • 7.5 Quality of Life
  • 6.9 Value
Madison, WI photos

Grand Rapids, MI

badge #13 in Best Places to Live

Grand Rapids has an affinity for public art, and its craft brewery scene is one of the best in the nation. A scenic spot perched on… more

  • 7.1 Overall Score
  • 7.6 Quality of Life
  • 8.1 Value
Grand Rapids, MI photos

San Jose, CA

badge #14 in Best Places to Live

Nicknamed the capital of Silicon Valley, San Jose is a diverse area with an innovative spirit. While it has a distinct downtown, Sa… more

  • 7.1 Overall Score
  • 7.6 Quality of Life
  • 5.4 Value
San Jose, CA photos

Nashville, TN

badge #15 in Best Places to Live

Nashville is famous for the Grand Ole Opry, the Ryman Auditorium, aka the Mother Church of Country Music, and twangy honky-tonks, b… more

  • 7.1 Overall Score
  • 6.1 Quality of Life
  • 7.1 Value
Nashville, TN photos

Asheville, NC

badge #16 in Best Places to Live

Hailed as “The Land of the Sky,” Asheville, North Carolina, is often considered by outsiders to be a delightfully strange place. At… more

  • 7.1 Overall Score
  • 7.5 Quality of Life
  • 6.4 Value
Asheville, NC photos

Boise, ID

badge #17 in Best Places to Live

Boise is a recreationalist’s paradise. If you value the outdoors and time spent among rivers, mountains, canyons, deserts and lakes… more

  • 7.1 Overall Score
  • 7.2 Quality of Life
  • 7.1 Value
Boise, ID photos

Sarasota, FL

badge #18 in Best Places to Live

Warm temperatures year-round, award-winning beaches and a thriving arts and cultural scene have made Sarasota a go-to place for ret… more

  • 7.0 Overall Score
  • 7.4 Quality of Life
  • 5.7 Value
Sarasota, FL photos

Washington, DC

badge #19 in Best Places to Live

To the rest of the country, Washington, D.C., is the nation’s capital – and that’s it. It’s where lawmakers sit high and mighty, an… more

  • 7.0 Overall Score
  • 6.6 Quality of Life
  • 6.5 Value
Washington, DC photos

Charlotte, NC

badge #20 in Best Places to Live

Charlotte is a region that’s equal parts old-fashioned southern charm and high-energy cosmopolitan bustle. You’ll still hear “y’all… more

  • 7.0 Overall Score
  • 6.5 Quality of Life
  • 7.5 Value
Charlotte, NC photos

Dallas-Fort Worth, TX

badge #21 in Best Places to Live

Offering both big-city excitement and quiet, suburban living, the Dallas-Fort Worth metro area offers an interesting mix of Texas p… more

  • 7.0 Overall Score
  • 6.7 Quality of Life
  • 7.1 Value
Dallas-Fort Worth, TX photos

Greenville, SC

badge #22 in Best Places to Live

Situated in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Greenville has transformed from a blip on the national map to a bustling met… more

  • 7.0 Overall Score
  • 6.8 Quality of Life
  • 7.7 Value
Greenville, SC photos

Portland, ME

badge #23 in Best Places to Live

For the people of Maine, there is only one Portland. Maine’s largest metro area and economic hub features cobblestone streets and s… more

  • 7.0 Overall Score
  • 7.6 Quality of Life
  • 6.4 Value
Portland, ME photos

Salt Lake City, UT

badge #24 in Best Places to Live

While remnants of its Mormon heritage – including the striking Salt Lake Temple – are still prominent downtown, Salt Lake City is n… more

  • 6.9 Overall Score
  • 6.9 Quality of Life
  • 7.4 Value
Salt Lake City, UT photos

Melbourne, FL

badge #25 in Best Places to Live

Troves of urbanites, families, professionals and retirees enjoy Melbourne, Florida, one of the Space Coast’s most populated metro a… more

  • 6.9 Overall Score
  • 7.4 Quality of Life
  • 6.1 Valu