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.

18
Salt Lake City, UT
Population: 190,679
LIV
SCORE
655
19
Rockville, MD
Population: 64,331
LIV
SCORE
655
20
Eugene, OR
Population: 159,615
LIV
SCORE
654
21
Pasadena, CA
Population: 139,899
LIV
SCORE
651
22
Fargo, ND
Population: 113,464
LIV
SCORE
651
23
Ventura, CA
Population: 108,899
LIV
SCORE
650
24
Fort Collins, CO
Population: 153,292
LIV
SCORE
647
25
Sunnyvale, CA
Population: 148,178
LIV
SCORE
645
26
Mountain View, CA
Population: 77,973
LIV
SCORE
645
27
St. Louis Park, MN
Population: 47,043
LIV
SCORE
645
28
Santa Monica, CA
Population: 92,169
LIV
SCORE
644
29
Durham, NC
Population: 246,084
LIV
SCORE
644
30
Ames, IA
Population: 62,815
LIV
SCORE
639
31
San Rafael, CA
Population: 58,819
LIV
SCORE
638
32
Frederick, MD
Population: 67,421
LIV
SCORE
637
33
Greenville, SC
Population: 61,734
LIV
SCORE
637
34
Lakewood, CO
Population: 147,836
LIV
SCORE
636

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