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.

18
Columbia, MD
Population: 103,055
LIV
SCORE
649
19
Arlington, VA
Population: 223,945
LIV
SCORE
648
20
Pittsburgh, PA
Population: 305,928
LIV
SCORE
648
21
Cary, NC
Population: 151,186
LIV
SCORE
647
22
Manhattan, KS
Population: 55,769
LIV
SCORE
646
23
Portland, ME
Population: 66,490
LIV
SCORE
646
24
Frederick, MD
Population: 67,421
LIV
SCORE
645
25
Ames, IA
Population: 62,815
LIV
SCORE
643
26
Woodbury, MN
Population: 65,667
LIV
SCORE
642
27
Fairfax, VA
Population: 23,402
LIV
SCORE
641
28
Cambridge, MA
Population: 107,916
LIV
SCORE
641
29
Bethesda, MD
Population: 62,102
LIV
SCORE
639
30
West Hartford, CT
Population: 63,288
LIV
SCORE
638
31
Fargo, ND
Population: 113,464
LIV
SCORE
638
32
Alexandria, VA
Population: 149,315
LIV
SCORE
637
33
Columbia, MO
Population: 115,391
LIV
SCORE
637
34
Walnut Creek, CA
Population: 66,799
LIV
SCORE
636

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