2016 Top 100 Best Places to Live

We ranked more than 2,000 cities with populations between 20,000 and 350,000 to come up with our third annual Top 100 Best Places to Live. This is a data-driven list based on more than 40 data points. This year we are proud to have collaborated with world-renowned urbanist Richard Florida and assistant clinical professor Steven Pedigo from the Initiative for Creativity and Innovation in Cities at NYU School of Professional Studies, our new data partners EMSI and our stellar board of advisors in shaping our proprietary methodology and the framework by which we rank the cities. See if your town made this year's list (or the 2015 and 2014 rankings). Get ready to plot your next move, and make one of these best places your best place.

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CLICK ON THE PHOTOS BELOW TO READ MORE ABOUT WHY THE CITY MADE THE LIST 

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LIV SCORE
674

Our third annual ranking of the best small to mid-sized cities in the U.S.

18
Ashland, OR
Population: 20,556
LIV
SCORE
631
19
Santa Cruz, CA
Population: 62,752
LIV
SCORE
631
20
Olympia, WA
Population: 48,941
LIV
SCORE
630
21
Charlottesville, VA
Population: 45,084
LIV
SCORE
630
22
Edina, MN
Population: 49,373
LIV
SCORE
629
23
Longmont, CO
Population: 89,814
LIV
SCORE
629
24
Littleton, CO
Population: 44,553
LIV
SCORE
627
25
Kirkland, WA
Population: 84,721
LIV
SCORE
627
26
Lakewood, CO
Population: 147,836
LIV
SCORE
626
27
Boise, ID
Population: 214,196
LIV
SCORE
624
28
Grand Forks, ND
Population: 54,944
LIV
SCORE
621
29
San Luis Obispo, CA
Population: 46,337
LIV
SCORE
620
30
Davis, CA
Population: 66,510
LIV
SCORE
620
31
Sarasota, FL
Population: 53,583
LIV
SCORE
619
32
Missoula, MT
Population: 69,190
LIV
SCORE
619
33
Ventura, CA
Population: 108,899
LIV
SCORE
619
34
Bozeman, MT
Population: 40,319
LIV
SCORE
618

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