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.

52
Aberdeen, SD
Population: 27,418
LIV
SCORE
605
53
Bend, OR
Population: 81,780
LIV
SCORE
604
54
Pleasanton, CA
Population: 75,009
LIV
SCORE
604
55
Salt Lake City, UT
Population: 190,679
LIV
SCORE
603
56
Alexandria, VA
Population: 149,315
LIV
SCORE
600
57
White Plains, NY
Population: 57,790
LIV
SCORE
600
58
Monterey, CA
Population: 28,283
LIV
SCORE
599
59
Boca Raton, FL
Population: 89,793
LIV
SCORE
598
60
Dickinson, ND
Population: 21,097
LIV
SCORE
598
61
Helena, MT
Population: 29,600
LIV
SCORE
597
62
Water, SD
Population: 21,919
LIV
SCORE
597
63
Santa Rosa, CA
Population: 172,066
LIV
SCORE
597
64
Richland, WA
Population: 52,291
LIV
SCORE
596
65
Petaluma, CA
Population: 59,340
LIV
SCORE
595
66
Renton, WA
Population: 97,234
LIV
SCORE
595
67
San Rafael, CA
Population: 58,819
LIV
SCORE
594
68
Napa, CA
Population: 79,113
LIV
SCORE
594

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