2017 Top 100 Best Places to Live

For the fourth year in a row, our Top 100 Best Places to Live ranked more than 2,000 cities with populations between 20,000 and 350,000 in partnership with The Initiative for Creativity and Innovation in Cities at New York University’s Schools of Professional Studies. The program, directed by renowned urbanists Richard Florida and Steven Pedigo, is training the next generation of 21st-century city leaders and conducting research that will enable them to succeed for the future. Also partnered with us again this year, is the team from Emsi, which models economic data into actionable intelligence for city leaders. Ultimately, 40 data points were used to determine our rankings in the categories of economics, housing, amenities, infrastructure, demographics, social and civic capital, education and health care. Visit the links below to see how each city scored in our ranking criteria, review methodology or view the bios of our stellar advisory board.

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

1
Rochester, MN
Population: 110,275
LIV
SCORE
695
2
Iowa City, IA
Population: 71,832
LIV
SCORE
678
3
Ann Arbor, MI
Population: 116,194
LIV
SCORE
674
4
Olympia, WA
Population: 48,941
LIV
SCORE
672
5
Charlottesville, VA
Population: 45,084
LIV
SCORE
670
6
Bellevue, WA
Population: 134,630
LIV
SCORE
669
7
Palo Alto, CA
Population: 66,478
LIV
SCORE
669
8
Madison, WI
Population: 243,122
LIV
SCORE
668
9
Overland Park, KS
Population: 181,464
LIV
SCORE
668
10
Bismarck, ND
Population: 66,980
LIV
SCORE
667
11
Burlington, VT
Population: 42,570
LIV
SCORE
663
12
Newton, MA
Population: 87,675
LIV
SCORE
659
13
Rockville, MD
Population: 64,331
LIV
SCORE
658
14
Ithaca, NY
Population: 30,565
LIV
SCORE
657
15
Franklin, TN
Population: 72,639
LIV
SCORE
652
16
Fort Collins, CO
Population: 153,292
LIV
SCORE
651
17
Pleasanton, CA
Population: 75,009
LIV
SCORE
650

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