2014 Top 100 Best Places to Live

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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 38421464
LIV
SCORE
646
2
. Boulder , CO
Population 5278906
LIV
SCORE
643
3
. Berkeley , CA
Population 38421464
LIV
SCORE
643
4
. Durham , NC
Population 9845333
LIV
SCORE
640
5
. Madison , WI
Population 5742117
LIV
SCORE
639
6
. Miami Beach , FL
Population 19645772
LIV
SCORE
639
7
. Rochester , MN
Population 5419171
LIV
SCORE
636
8
. Salt Lake City , UT
Population 2903379
LIV
SCORE
635
9
. Eugene , OR
Population 3939233
LIV
SCORE
633
10
. Reno , NV
Population 2798636
LIV
SCORE
631
11
. Rockville , MD
Population 5930538
LIV
SCORE
631
12
. Boise City , ID
Population 1616547
LIV
SCORE
630
13
. Bellevue , WA
Population 6985464
LIV
SCORE
630
14
. Ann Arbor , MI
Population 9900571
LIV
SCORE
627
15
. Salem , OR
Population 3939233
LIV
SCORE
626
16
. Santa Clara , CA
Population 38421464
LIV
SCORE
622
17
. Provo , UT
Population 2903379
LIV
SCORE
622

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