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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35
Gainesville, FL
Population: 127,559
LIV
SCORE
610
36
Albany, NY
Population: 98,468
LIV
SCORE
609
37
Irvine, CA
Population: 238,474
LIV
SCORE
607
38
Santa Barbara, CA
Population: 90,401
LIV
SCORE
606
39
Santa Rosa, CA
Population: 172,066
LIV
SCORE
606
40
Orlando, FL
Population: 256,738
LIV
SCORE
606
41
Frederick, MD
Population: 67,421
LIV
SCORE
605
42
Tacoma, WA
Population: 203,481
LIV
SCORE
605
43
Tallahassee, FL
Population: 187,024
LIV
SCORE
605
44
Tempe, AZ
Population: 169,816
LIV
SCORE
605
45
Santa Monica, CA
Population: 92,169
LIV
SCORE
604
46
Columbia, MO
Population: 115,391
LIV
SCORE
604
47
Iowa City, IA
Population: 71,832
LIV
SCORE
604
48
Asheville, NC
Population: 86,789
LIV
SCORE
603
49
Fullerton, CA
Population: 138,976
LIV
SCORE
603
50
Aurora, CO
Population: 345,867
LIV
SCORE
601
51
Camarillo, CA
Population: 66,445
LIV
SCORE
600

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