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.

86
Plano, TX
Population: 275,645
LIV
SCORE
587
87
Goleta, CA
Population: 30,541
LIV
SCORE
587
88
Cedar Rapids, IA
Population: 128,829
LIV
SCORE
586
89
Brookings, SD
Population: 22,974
LIV
SCORE
586
90
Midland, MI
Population: 41,995
LIV
SCORE
585
91
Pullman, WA
Population: 31,502
LIV
SCORE
585
92
Fredericksburg, VA
Population: 27,395
LIV
SCORE
584
93
Greenville, SC
Population: 61,734
LIV
SCORE
584
94
Eugene, OR
Population: 159,615
LIV
SCORE
583
95
Issaquah, WA
Population: 33,682
LIV
SCORE
583
96
Stillwater, OK
Population: 47,523
LIV
SCORE
583
97
Santa Clara, CA
Population: 121,374
LIV
SCORE
583
98
Stamford, CT
Population: 126,592
LIV
SCORE
583
99
Cambridge, MA
Population: 107,916
LIV
SCORE
583
100
Bethesda, MD
Population: 62,102
LIV
SCORE
583

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