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.

LIV SCORE
674

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

52
. Aberdeen , SD
Population 843190
LIV
SCORE
605
53
. Bend , OR
Population 3939233
LIV
SCORE
604
54
. Pleasanton , CA
Population 38421464
LIV
SCORE
604
55
. Salt Lake City , UT
Population 2903379
LIV
SCORE
603
56
. Alexandria , VA
Population 8256630
LIV
SCORE
600
57
. White Plains , NY
Population 19673174
LIV
SCORE
600
58
. Monterey , CA
Population 38421464
LIV
SCORE
599
59
. Boca Raton , FL
Population 19645772
LIV
SCORE
598
60
. Dickinson , ND
Population 721640
LIV
SCORE
598
61
. Helena , MT
Population 1014699
LIV
SCORE
597
62
. Water , SD
Population 843190
LIV
SCORE
597
63
. Santa Rosa , CA
Population 38421464
LIV
SCORE
597
64
. Richland , WA
Population 6985464
LIV
SCORE
596
65
. Petaluma , CA
Population 38421464
LIV
SCORE
595
66
. Renton , WA
Population 6985464
LIV
SCORE
595
67
. San Rafael , CA
Population 38421464
LIV
SCORE
594
68
. Napa , CA
Population 38421464
LIV
SCORE
594

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