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 2903379
LIV
SCORE
655
19
. Rockville , MD
Population 5930538
LIV
SCORE
655
20
. Eugene , OR
Population 3939233
LIV
SCORE
654
21
. Pasadena , CA
Population 38421464
LIV
SCORE
651
22
. Fargo , ND
Population 721640
LIV
SCORE
651
23
. San Buenaventura (Ventura) , CA
Population 38421464
LIV
SCORE
650
24
. Fort Collins , CO
Population 5278906
LIV
SCORE
647
25
. Sunnyvale , CA
Population 38421464
LIV
SCORE
645
26
. Mountain View , CA
Population 38421464
LIV
SCORE
645
27
. St. Louis Park , MN
Population 5419171
LIV
SCORE
645
28
. Santa Monica , CA
Population 38421464
LIV
SCORE
644
29
. Durham , NC
Population 9845333
LIV
SCORE
644
30
. Ames , IA
Population 3093526
LIV
SCORE
639
31
. San Rafael , CA
Population 38421464
LIV
SCORE
638
32
. Frederick , MD
Population 5930538
LIV
SCORE
637
33
. Greenville , SC
Population 4777576
LIV
SCORE
637
34
. Lakewood , CO
Population 5278906
LIV
SCORE
636

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