Coastal scenes, culture and a climate ripe for entrepreneurs puts Portland on our 2017 list. Outside the hustle of bigger East Coast cities, Portland boasts the charms of New England with the conveniences of larger metros and a bustling culture scene. The city is full of entrepreneurial spirit, ranking in the top 20 on this list for small business loans and offers easy access to broadband. It’s also a fairly affordable city, ranking in the top 20 for food spending, as well as in the top 20 for commute time and affordable transportation. Portland has ranked on our Top 100 Best Places to Live for two years in a row so far, as well as our 99 Beer Cities.