Take mild weather, a thriving economy, great cultural and natural amenities; add in not one, but two downtowns surrounded by housing; and finally, drop in one of the highest-ranked universities in the world, and you’ll find yourself in Palo Alto, Livability.com’s 2014 Best Place to Live.
Boulder has incomparable outdoor offerings like the Rocky Mountain foothills, the Flatirons, and its rivers and bike trails. But there's plenty for residents and visitors to do indoors as well with shopping at the Pearl Street Mall and downtown eateries and brew pubs.
Berkeley is evolving its hippie past, allowing for denser development but keeping its focus on local businesses and culture. The town, home to the popular University of California campus, is reinvesting in a livable, energetic downtown area filled with great places to eat and shop.
It's hard to separate Durham from its anchor, Duke University. But the city's history goes back through tobacco production, textiles and agriculture. Durham has embraced its roots as it has remade itself as a research and technology hub – with great food – in the last half century.
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Madison is a frequent fixture on our Top 10 lists, including ranking as one of the best college towns, so it's no surprise to see it score well as one of our Top 100 Best Places to Live. It's a state capitol, it's home to a Big Ten university, and ranks highly for education, amenities, health care, and social and civic capital.
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Miami Beach packs a lot of amenities into a tiny stretch of oceanfront, just seven miles long and one mile wide, including museums, art deco buildings, shopping and cuisine. Oh, and let’s not forget the beach. It all adds up to a city striving to be more livable for the diverse communities that call it home.
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Rochester is home of the Mayo Clinic and much more. In recent years, the population has grown, diversified and added younger residents causing the downtown to perk up, creating a more livable space for residents and visitors to gather and enjoy. And of course having one of the world’s most well-known hospitals means quality health care is just around the corner.
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Livability in Salt Lake City is tied to the working community, which maintains its qualities through strong support of locally owned businesses – many of which grow out of the University of Utah. The city's beautiful setting, strong community and emphasis on family living make it a great place to live and work.
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A truly year-round climate makes outdoor recreation in Eugene possible through four temperate seasons. It’s no wonder Eugene has one of the highest scores for amenities. This leads to low traffic congestion because people bike and walk to work, farmers markets, dining and nightlife. Spending time in the area gets residents engaged in the community and its continual improvement.
The dry heat in Reno isn’t as hot as other parts of the state, and the Sierra Nevada mountains are just waiting to be climbed. Quick commutes, natural amenities, culture and casinos make Reno a great place to live. The affordable and plentiful hotels can accommodate visitors who want to visit this great city.
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The band R.E.M. sang, “Don’t go back to Rockville,” but the smart residents never left this Best Place to Live in the first place. The surrounding public sector jobs keep the economy on an even keel and attracts high-skilled, highly paid residents who enjoy the small-town life while often working in nearby Silver Spring, Baltimore and Washington D.C.
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With the Rocky Mountains close at hand, plus top-notch health care to keep families moving, Boise is an outdoor enthusiast's paradise. But there's also a home for cerebral types in the “City of Trees,” thanks to unique museums and a strong university.
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Bellevue's natural beauty is hard to miss. But this park-like city is about more than the Cascade Mountains and surrounding lakes. Nationally recognized schools and a host of arts and farm festivals feed mind and body, while the city's rich cultural diversity fuels the spirit.
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Ann Arbor is a quintessential Big Ten college town with all the expected university hype, but it’s also the center of its own growing metropolitan area with great schools, medical facilities, culture, amenities and proximity to a whole lot more.
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Residents in Oregon's capital city of Salem may be only an hour from the Cascade mountains to the east, coastal beaches to the west and Portland to the north, but the Cherry City's own natural and cultural amenities, excellent health care and schools earned it a "cherry" ranking on our list of best places to live.
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While Santa Clara draws the world's most innovative thinkers to its creative energy and well-paid tech careers of the Silicon Valley, few want to leave after experiencing the city's 300-plus days of annual sunshine, cultural diversity, appreciation for history, and excellent public amenities and services.
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Spectacular scenery and outdoor recreation barely scratch the surface of Provo’s many brag-worthy high points. There’s also a diverse and growing arts and culture scene, great shopping and dining in a revitalized downtown, best-in-class education from preschool through college, affordable housing, and the region’s best health-care facilities.
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Like a well-thought out plan, everything has worked together to make Overland Park one of the 2014 Best Places to Live by Livability.com. In fact, smart planning by city leaders has given Overland Park an ideal balance of residential, office and retail. With excellent schools, many amenities and infectious civic pride, Overland Park continues to improve.
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With excellent schools and plenty of higher education options, quality health care with award-winning hospitals and a downtown that is moving forward, Greensboro easily ranks among 2014 Best Places to Live by Livability.com. And residents also pride themselves on being wonderful hosts to major events that place in the city every year.
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Tampa has all of Florida’s natural advantages – warmth, the bay, the river – but is less tourist-filled than Orlando or Miami, meaning it can focus more of its efforts on creating livable places for its residents. The city's museums, attractions, and a thriving restaurant scene round out good schools and a great hospital system.
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Easily one of the loveliest cities on the Southern California landscape, Pasadena’s beauty is more than surface deep. The city’s deep cultural resources, support of science and technology, plentiful historic homes and thriving restaurant scene, as well as its progressive environmental outlook, all underline why residents love living there. The temperate climate seals the deal.
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Alhambra made the list of Top 100 Places to Live on the strength of its diversity: an international restaurant row; a vibrant Asian business district; great schools; quaint neighborhoods; family-friendly recreational amenities; and happening nightclubs. It also has warm, sunny weather and lots of community celebrations and festivals.
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Four seasons of world-class outdoor recreation, a top research university, a booming technology sector and a dynamic downtown district helped place this city on Livability.com’s Top 100 list. Add a well-educated populace, excellent schools and high-quality health care, and it’s clear why Bozeman ranks among 2014’s Best Places to Live.
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White Plains, N.Y., ranked much higher than average in many areas, especially infrastructure, social and civic capital and education. A quick train ride or drive to New York City, it enjoys its own uniquely livable suburban-city character as well as its status as a regional economic and social hub.
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Some of the world’s most beautiful beaches, sunny days without end, arts, sports and entertainment amenities for every taste, and a progressive, diverse citizenry earned Fort Lauderdale a well-deserved spot among America’s most livable communities. And how many cities can brag about having both a riverfront and an ocean?
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