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.

35
Ames, IA
Population: 62,815
LIV
SCORE
618
36
Chapel Hill, NC
Population: 58,766
LIV
SCORE
617
37
Honolulu, HI
Population: 347,973
LIV
SCORE
617
38
Corvallis, OR
Population: 54,981
LIV
SCORE
617
39
Billings, MT
Population: 108,134
LIV
SCORE
615
40
Scottsdale, AZ
Population: 227,471
LIV
SCORE
614
41
Loveland, CO
Population: 71,755
LIV
SCORE
614
42
Newton, MA
Population: 87,675
LIV
SCORE
612
43
Manhattan, KS
Population: 55,769
LIV
SCORE
611
44
Lafayette, CO
Population: 26,430
LIV
SCORE
610
45
Menlo Park, CA
Population: 33,064
LIV
SCORE
609
46
Columbia, MO
Population: 115,391
LIV
SCORE
609
47
Reno, NV
Population: 234,161
LIV
SCORE
608
48
Lincoln, NE
Population: 269,726
LIV
SCORE
608
49
Arlington, VA
Population: 223,945
LIV
SCORE
607
50
Irvine, CA
Population: 238,474
LIV
SCORE
607
51
Downers Grove, IL
Population: 49,504
LIV
SCORE
606

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