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.

35
. Ames , IA
Population 3093526
LIV
SCORE
618
36
. Chapel Hill , NC
Population 9845333
LIV
SCORE
617
37
. Honolulu , HI
Population 1406299
LIV
SCORE
617
38
. Corvallis , OR
Population 3939233
LIV
SCORE
617
39
. Billings , MT
Population 1014699
LIV
SCORE
615
40
. Scottsdale , AZ
Population 6641928
LIV
SCORE
614
41
. Loveland , CO
Population 5278906
LIV
SCORE
614
42
. Newton , MA
Population 6705586
LIV
SCORE
612
43
. Manhattan , KS
Population 2892987
LIV
SCORE
611
44
. Lafayette , CO
Population 5278906
LIV
SCORE
610
45
. Menlo Park , CA
Population 38421464
LIV
SCORE
609
46
. Columbia , MO
Population 6045448
LIV
SCORE
609
47
. Reno , NV
Population 2798636
LIV
SCORE
608
48
. Lincoln , NE
Population 1869365
LIV
SCORE
608
49
. Arlington , VA
Population 8256630
LIV
SCORE
607
50
. Irvine , CA
Population 38421464
LIV
SCORE
607
51
. Downers Grove , IL
Population 12873761
LIV
SCORE
606

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