2016 Top 100 Best Places to Live

We ranked more than 2,000 cities with populations between 20,000 and 350,000 to come up with our third annual Top 100 Best Places to Live. This is a data-driven list based on more than 40 data points. This year we are proud to have collaborated with world-renowned urbanist Richard Florida and assistant clinical professor Steven Pedigo from the Initiative for Creativity and Innovation in Cities at NYU School of Professional Studies, our new data partners EMSI and our stellar board of advisors in shaping our proprietary methodology and the framework by which we rank the cities. See if your town made this year's list (or the 2015 and 2014 rankings). Get ready to plot your next move, and make one of these best places your best place.

LIV SCORE
674

Our third annual ranking of the best small to mid-sized cities in the U.S.

1
. Rochester , MN
Population 5419171
LIV
SCORE
674
2
. Bellevue , WA
Population 6985464
LIV
SCORE
670
3
. Madison , WI
Population 5742117
LIV
SCORE
651
4
. Santa Barbara , CA
Population 38421464
LIV
SCORE
651
5
. Boulder , CO
Population 5278906
LIV
SCORE
649
6
. Palo Alto , CA
Population 38421464
LIV
SCORE
646
7
. Bismarck , ND
Population 721640
LIV
SCORE
645
8
. Ann Arbor , MI
Population 9900571
LIV
SCORE
643
9
. Iowa City , IA
Population 3093526
LIV
SCORE
642
10
. Sioux Falls , SD
Population 843190
LIV
SCORE
640
11
. Walnut Creek , CA
Population 38421464
LIV
SCORE
639
12
. San Mateo , CA
Population 38421464
LIV
SCORE
638
13
. Fort Collins , CO
Population 5278906
LIV
SCORE
638
14
. Overland Park , KS
Population 2892987
LIV
SCORE
636
15
. Fargo , ND
Population 721640
LIV
SCORE
636
16
. Rapid City , SD
Population 843190
LIV
SCORE
635
17
. Rockville , MD
Population 5930538
LIV
SCORE
631

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