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.

86
Orlando, FL
Population: 256,738
LIV
SCORE
612
87
Menlo Park, CA
Population: 33,064
LIV
SCORE
612
88
Salem, OR
Population: 160,008
LIV
SCORE
611
89
Burbank, CA
Population: 104,725
LIV
SCORE
610
90
Hayward, CA
Population: 152,401
LIV
SCORE
610
91
Greensboro, NC
Population: 279,427
LIV
SCORE
609
92
Charleston, SC
Population: 127,694
LIV
SCORE
609
93
Richardson, TX
Population: 106,123
LIV
SCORE
609
94
Tysons Corner, VA
Population: 22,437
LIV
SCORE
608
95
La Crosse, WI
Population: 51,993
LIV
SCORE
607
96
Grand Rapids, MI
Population: 192,416
LIV
SCORE
607
97
Framingham, MA
Population: 70,443
LIV
SCORE
607
98
Billings, MT
Population: 108,134
LIV
SCORE
606
99
Brookline, MA
Population: 59,132
LIV
SCORE
606
100
Coral Gables, FL
Population: 50,059
LIV
SCORE
606

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