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.

18
. Ashland , OR
Population 3939233
LIV
SCORE
631
19
. Santa Cruz , CA
Population 38421464
LIV
SCORE
631
20
. Olympia , WA
Population 6985464
LIV
SCORE
630
21
. Charlottesville , VA
Population 8256630
LIV
SCORE
630
22
. Edina , MN
Population 5419171
LIV
SCORE
629
23
. Longmont , CO
Population 5278906
LIV
SCORE
629
24
. Littleton , CO
Population 5278906
LIV
SCORE
627
25
. Kirkland , WA
Population 6985464
LIV
SCORE
627
26
. Lakewood , CO
Population 5278906
LIV
SCORE
626
27
. Boise City , ID
Population 1616547
LIV
SCORE
624
28
. Grand Forks , ND
Population 721640
LIV
SCORE
621
29
. San Luis Obispo , CA
Population 38421464
LIV
SCORE
620
30
. Davis , CA
Population 38421464
LIV
SCORE
620
31
. Sarasota , FL
Population 19645772
LIV
SCORE
619
32
. Missoula , MT
Population 1014699
LIV
SCORE
619
33
. San Buenaventura (Ventura) , CA
Population 38421464
LIV
SCORE
619
34
. Bozeman , MT
Population 1014699
LIV
SCORE
618

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