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.

69
Corvallis, OR
Population: 54,981
LIV
SCORE
621
70
Manhattan, KS
Population: 55,769
LIV
SCORE
621
71
Tampa, FL
Population: 355,603
LIV
SCORE
620
72
Silver Spring, MD
Population: 77,460
LIV
SCORE
620
73
Kirkland, WA
Population: 84,721
LIV
SCORE
619
74
Lawrence, KS
Population: 91,305
LIV
SCORE
619
75
Westminster, CO
Population: 110,598
LIV
SCORE
619
76
Bend, OR
Population: 81,780
LIV
SCORE
618
77
Redmond, WA
Population: 57,959
LIV
SCORE
618
78
Santa Rosa, CA
Population: 172,066
LIV
SCORE
618
79
Goleta, CA
Population: 30,541
LIV
SCORE
617
80
Knoxville, TN
Population: 183,066
LIV
SCORE
617
81
Stamford, CT
Population: 126,592
LIV
SCORE
617
82
Des Moines, IA
Population: 208,020
LIV
SCORE
614
83
Fayetteville, AR
Population: 79,037
LIV
SCORE
614
84
Denton, TX
Population: 125,734
LIV
SCORE
613
85
Springfield, MO
Population: 163,763
LIV
SCORE
613

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