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.

69
Asheville, NC
Population: 86,789
LIV
SCORE
594
70
Camarillo, CA
Population: 66,445
LIV
SCORE
594
71
Murray, UT
Population: 48,460
LIV
SCORE
594
72
Bellingham, WA
Population: 82,944
LIV
SCORE
593
73
Novato, CA
Population: 54,133
LIV
SCORE
593
74
Portland, ME
Population: 66,490
LIV
SCORE
593
75
Casper, WY
Population: 58,817
LIV
SCORE
593
76
Bloomington, IN
Population: 82,813
LIV
SCORE
592
77
Mountain View, CA
Population: 77,973
LIV
SCORE
592
78
Lawrence, KS
Population: 91,305
LIV
SCORE
591
79
Miami Beach, FL
Population: 91,564
LIV
SCORE
589
80
Bothell, WA
Population: 41,207
LIV
SCORE
589
81
Lexington, KY
Population: 308,306
LIV
SCORE
589
82
Bountiful, UT
Population: 43,221
LIV
SCORE
589
83
Redwood City, CA
Population: 81,342
LIV
SCORE
588
84
Fremont, CA
Population: 225,221
LIV
SCORE
588
85
Berkeley, CA
Population: 117,384
LIV
SCORE
588

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