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.

69
. Asheville , NC
Population 9845333
LIV
SCORE
594
70
. Camarillo , CA
Population 38421464
LIV
SCORE
594
71
. Murray , UT
Population 2903379
LIV
SCORE
594
72
. Bellingham , WA
Population 6985464
LIV
SCORE
593
73
. Novato , CA
Population 38421464
LIV
SCORE
593
74
. Portland , ME
Population 1329100
LIV
SCORE
593
75
. Casper , WY
Population 579679
LIV
SCORE
593
76
. Bloomington , IN
Population 6568645
LIV
SCORE
592
77
. Mountain View , CA
Population 38421464
LIV
SCORE
592
78
. Lawrence , KS
Population 2892987
LIV
SCORE
591
79
. Miami Beach , FL
Population 19645772
LIV
SCORE
589
80
. Bothell , WA
Population 6985464
LIV
SCORE
589
81
. Lexington, KY
Population 4397353
LIV
SCORE
589
82
. Bountiful , UT
Population 2903379
LIV
SCORE
589
83
. Redwood City , CA
Population 38421464
LIV
SCORE
588
84
. Fremont , CA
Population 38421464
LIV
SCORE
588
85
. Berkeley , CA
Population 38421464
LIV
SCORE
588

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