Situated just 35 miles south of San Francisco and just north of Silicon Valley, Palo Alto is (as you may know) the mecca for startups. This diverse town strikes a chord with the especially creative and intellectual types, ranking in the number 1 spot for creative class workers. With Stanford University nearby, it came in at the number 2 spot for educational attainment, and offers access to high speed internet. And as far as the livability spectrum, Palo Alto scored the second spot for culture as well. It has ranked three years in a row on our Top 100 Best Places to Live, as well as our 10 Best Cities for Families.