Best Places To live Ranking Data

2014 Top 100 Best Places to Live: Ranking data

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.

 

Rank City Amenities Civic Demo. Econ Educat. Health Housing Infrast. LivScore
#1 Palo Alto 82 74 69 54 85 46 51 67 646
#2 Boulder 78 70 25 54 89 73 57 70 643
#3 Berkeley 79 76 56 58 89 57 41 68 643
#4 Durham 84 52 73 60 70 78 47 50 640
#5 Madison 80 73 34 66 71 71 54 62 639
#6 Miami Beach 89 68 58 54 68 82 25 76 639
#7 Rochester 70 62 63 69 71 56 68 48 636
#8 Salt Lake City 83 54 50 52 73 86 45 66 635
#9 Eugene 87 77 35 53 81 63 49 65 633
#10 Reno 90 51 66 53 70 83 45 48 631
#11 Rockville 71 76 66 68 62 39 64 63 631
#12 Boise 83 69 41 51 77 72 59 53 630
#13 Bellevue 86 69 77 55 78 31 54 64 630
#14 Ann Arbor 73 77 43 47 92 68 40 72 627
#15 Salem 83 43 66 55 65 74 52 64 626
#16 Santa Clara 83 63 85 57 61 46 55 55 622
#17 Provo 70 71 28 51 73 80 57 66 622
#18 Overland Park 71 76 54 60 86 52 60 42 621
#19 Greensboro 81 55 74 51 81 78 40 39 620
#20 Tampa 93 42 75 47 73 80 31 62 620
#21 Pasadena 88 59 68 53 75 54 40 68 620
#22 Alhambra 61 51 79 55 68 81 42 63 619
#23 Bozeman 59 82 9 61 79 85 53 62 617
#24 White Plains 62 79 71 59 65 48 46 72 615
#25 Fort Lauderdale 82 65 60 48 73 72 31 70 615
#26 Bellingham 72 75 28 55 74 75 54 59 615
#27 Charlottesville 63 68 43 44 67 89 48 71 614
#28 Lexington 80 65 51 54 82 75 47 36 613
#29 Anaheim 88 37 82 41 71 71 48 57 613
#30 Cedar Rapids 68 65 43 63 69 77 56 46 613
#31 Huntsville 79 71 64 49 79 67 53 30 613
#32 Ames 48 77 28 62 74 85 55 57 612
#33 Torrance 81 66 69 61 81 36 49 54 611
#34 Burbank 79 67 64 58 66 60 44 57 610
#35 Gainesville 74 65 45 57 78 91 32 49 610
#36 Albany 67 64 52 47 71 85 30 79 609
#37 Irvine 93 78 79 59 88 3 57 42 607
#38 Santa Barbara 91 67 64 49 79 54 37 55 606
#39 Santa Rosa 89 65 70 51 51 57 54 51 606
#40 Orlando 84 32 65 53 75 84 35 59 606
#41 Frederick 64 60 72 69 69 37 65 51 605
#42 Tacoma 88 52 73 45 64 62 46 60 605
#43 Tallahassee 87 66 42 51 82 85 38 33 605
#44 Tempe 86 61 37 47 86 61 45 67 605
#45 Santa Monica 83 62 45 56 87 54 39 67 604
#46 Columbia 72 71 31 67 79 75 49 37 604
#47 Iowa City 53 82 28 58 65 82 52 62 604
#48 Asheville 72 53 43 59 74 83 43 55 603
#49 Fullerton 82 65 87 53 80 25 50 52 603
#50 Aurora 83 33 75 52 58 75 56 49 601
#51 Camarillo 81 82 63 53 71 19 69 50 600
#52 Fremont 81 66 80 56 72 30 57 46 600
#53 Glendale 89 61 61 40 52 74 43 64 600
#54 Cambridge 69 60 54 60 77 58 42 65 599
#55 San Luis Obispo 73 85 29 44 75 71 49 54 599
#56 Denton 72 77 39 59 74 60 49 51 598
#57 Charleston 80 66 39 58 80 75 42 39 597
#58 Richmond 77 56 53 34 73 88 33 69 596
#59 Henderson 80 67 49 61 85 53 53 30 596
#60 St. Petersburg 84 62 51 46 64 85 31 59 595
#61 Missoula 65 73 12 54 66 91 49 61 594
#62 Knoxville 84 61 31 50 74 92 44 39 594
#63 Redmond 63 64 65 64 69 32 61 64 594
#64 Fayetteville 69 72 23 57 69 86 47 48 593
#65 Yonkers 72 52 86 44 46 62 43 75 592
#66 Greenville 70 68 57 46 78 74 39 45 592
#67 St. Paul 76 26 65 46 67 84 44 67 592
#68 West Palm Beach 80 63 68 48 67 72 33 48 591
#69 Newton 72 82 64 48 89 16 53 65 591
#70 Des Moines 74 25 64 54 55 87 48 62 591
#71 Chapel Hill 56 83 42 57 81 49 50 62 591
#72 Skokie 58 66 66 52 85 43 51 58 589
#73 Cincinnati 82 32 56 38 72 94 26 78 589
#74 Everett 72 49 56 46 62 60 53 76 589
#75 Columbus 81 56 67 42 67 81 34 48 588
#76 Stamford 80 55 84 45 59 40 47 72 588
#77 West Des Moines 56 63 53 68 64 52 60 53 588
#78 Newport News 82 39 64 40 54 83 49 60 587
#79 Thousand Oaks 86 82 59 50 69 17 69 44 587
#80 Pittsburgh 76 60 43 44 72 87 23 73 587
#81 Lincoln 75 36 36 62 71 80 54 49 586
#82 Whittier 70 50 85 53 63 52 48 54 586
#83 Chattanooga 83 54 63 42 63 84 37 44 586
#84 Santa Clarita 90 69 65 53 57 33 67 37 586
#85 Sunnyvale 79 68 84 56 80 3 59 52 586
#86 Plano 76 81 64 56 51 41 60 43 586
#87 Redlands 65 64 76 60 68 48 48 44 585
#88 Lakewood 82 69 41 52 64 50 61 50 584
#89 Scottsdale 89 77 24 48 92 49 52 41 584
#90 San Rafael 78 63 62 50 64 42 51 65 583
#91 Anchorage 85 46 58 55 76 43 62 41 582
#92 Hayward 84 39 90 44 53 51 50 60 582
#93 Santa Ana 86 31 71 33 56 76 46 68 579
#94 Orange 80 60 85 54 32 47 55 54 579
#95 Helena 42 80 15 72 59 81 54 52 579
#96 Vancouver 80 62 62 46 37 69 55 50 578
#97 Murray 55 61 29 69 70 53 67 54 578
#98 Fargo 66 67 18 63 71 67 53 54 578
#99 Costa Mesa 80 64 65 51 69 40 44 59 577
#100 St. Louis 79 33 64 40 60 97 26 68 577

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