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.

52
Helena, MT
Population: 29,600
LIV
SCORE
630
53
Irvine, CA
Population: 238,474
LIV
SCORE
630
54
Reno, NV
Population: 234,161
LIV
SCORE
629
55
Olympia, WA
Population: 48,941
LIV
SCORE
629
56
Santa Cruz, CA
Population: 62,752
LIV
SCORE
629
57
West Des Moines, IA
Population: 61,266
LIV
SCORE
629
58
Honolulu, HI
Population: 347,973
LIV
SCORE
628
59
Eau Claire, WI
Population: 67,385
LIV
SCORE
628
60
Ashland, OR
Population: 20,556
LIV
SCORE
627
61
Monterey, CA
Population: 28,283
LIV
SCORE
626
62
Chapel Hill, NC
Population: 58,766
LIV
SCORE
624
63
Alexandria, VA
Population: 149,315
LIV
SCORE
624
64
North Bethesda, MD
Population: 48,818
LIV
SCORE
624
65
Cedar Rapids, IA
Population: 128,829
LIV
SCORE
623
66
Lexington, KY
Population: 308,306
LIV
SCORE
623
67
White Plains, NY
Population: 57,790
LIV
SCORE
622
68
Costa Mesa, CA
Population: 112,377
LIV
SCORE
622

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