2014 Top 100 Best Places to Live

Big cities tend to get all the love. We here at Livability know that there are great stories to be told in smaller places, too. Our ranking of the 2014 top 100 best places to live focuses on small to mid-sized cities and what makes them great places to live and work. We worked with trusted partners, stellar advisors, and the best public and private data sources to develop our ranking. The cities on the list excelled in our criteria. These towns are places where residents are able to take full advantage of a wide variety of amenities and offerings - everything from parks and museums to different commuting options to hospitals. Spend some time getting to know them and when it comes time for your next move, maybe you'll think small.

 

LIV SCORE
674

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1
Palo Alto, CA
Population: 66,478
LIV
SCORE
646
2
Boulder, CO
Population: 103,919
LIV
SCORE
643
3
Berkeley, CA
Population: 117,384
LIV
SCORE
643
4
Durham, NC
Population: 246,084
LIV
SCORE
640
5
Madison, WI
Population: 243,122
LIV
SCORE
639
6
Miami Beach, FL
Population: 91,564
LIV
SCORE
639
7
Rochester, MN
Population: 110,275
LIV
SCORE
636
8
Salt Lake City, UT
Population: 190,679
LIV
SCORE
635
9
Eugene, OR
Population: 159,615
LIV
SCORE
633
10
Reno, NV
Population: 234,161
LIV
SCORE
631
11
Rockville, MD
Population: 64,331
LIV
SCORE
631
12
Boise, ID
Population: 214,196
LIV
SCORE
630
13
Bellevue, WA
Population: 134,630
LIV
SCORE
630
14
Ann Arbor, MI
Population: 116,194
LIV
SCORE
627
15
Salem, OR
Population: 160,008
LIV
SCORE
626
16
Santa Clara, CA
Population: 121,374
LIV
SCORE
622
17
Provo, UT
Population: 115,345
LIV
SCORE
622

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