2015 Top 100 Best Places to Live

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 As Livability’s editors and writers crisscross the U.S in search of great stories, we find that time and again, the best tales are told in the Main Street diners, corner churches, park benches and even the mayor’s offices of small to mid-sized cites and towns. Far from letting time pass them by, these communities are doubling down on livability for their residents. Our second-annual ranking of the Top 100 Best Places to Live celebrates the work they are doing. As with our Top 100 Best Place to Live 2014 ranking, we worked with globally-known partners to analyze the best public and private data sources. We were advised by the leading thinkers, writers and doers in the place-making space. Some new places make the list, some move up or down and some continue to score well, no matter what the metric. More than 2,000 cities were ranked, so every city on this list is in the top 5 percent of livable communities in the U.S. Spend some time getting to know them, and when it comes time for your next move, maybe you'll think small.

LIV SCORE
674

Our second-annual ranking of the best small to mid-sized cities in the U.S.

1
Madison, WI
Population: 243,122
LIV
SCORE
705
2
Rochester, MN
Population: 110,275
LIV
SCORE
685
3
Arlington, VA
Population: 223,945
LIV
SCORE
680
4
Boulder, CO
Population: 103,919
LIV
SCORE
679
5
Palo Alto, CA
Population: 66,478
LIV
SCORE
679
6
Berkeley, CA
Population: 117,384
LIV
SCORE
672
7
Santa Clara, CA
Population: 121,374
LIV
SCORE
671
8
Missoula, MT
Population: 69,190
LIV
SCORE
668
9
Boise, ID
Population: 214,196
LIV
SCORE
665
10
Iowa City, IA
Population: 71,832
LIV
SCORE
665
11
Bozeman, MT
Population: 40,319
LIV
SCORE
664
12
Asheville, NC
Population: 86,789
LIV
SCORE
663
13
Ann Arbor, MI
Population: 116,194
LIV
SCORE
662
14
Bellevue, WA
Population: 134,630
LIV
SCORE
660
15
San Mateo, CA
Population: 101,335
LIV
SCORE
660
16
Santa Barbara, CA
Population: 90,401
LIV
SCORE
656
17
Overland Park, KS
Population: 181,464
LIV
SCORE
655

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