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.

86
. Plano , TX
Population 26538614
LIV
SCORE
587
87
. Goleta , CA
Population 38421464
LIV
SCORE
587
88
. Cedar Rapids , IA
Population 3093526
LIV
SCORE
586
89
. Brookings , SD
Population 843190
LIV
SCORE
586
90
. Midland , MI
Population 9900571
LIV
SCORE
585
91
. Pullman , WA
Population 6985464
LIV
SCORE
585
92
. Fredericksburg , VA
Population 8256630
LIV
SCORE
584
93
. Greenville , SC
Population 4777576
LIV
SCORE
584
94
. Eugene , OR
Population 3939233
LIV
SCORE
583
95
. Issaquah , WA
Population 6985464
LIV
SCORE
583
96
. Stillwater , OK
Population 3849733
LIV
SCORE
583
97
. Santa Clara , CA
Population 38421464
LIV
SCORE
583
98
. Stamford , CT
Population 3593222
LIV
SCORE
583
99
. Cambridge , MA
Population 6705586
LIV
SCORE
583
100
. Bethesda , MD
Population 5930538
LIV
SCORE
583

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