Best Places to Live


Explore the best downtowns that America has to offer

One of the best measures of a city’s livability is the quality of its downtown. Is it historic? Has it been revitalized? Do residents spend a lot of time in it? Downtowns can be incubators for local businesses, as well as hotspots for dining and entertainment. There’s also a great deal of walkability in downtowns, which is an important factor in making a city a great place to live.

  • Top 10 Downtowns

    A ranking of the best downtowns in the country by We looked for dynamic downtowns with a unique sense of place, high projected growth and lots of livability.
    Ranking Criteria: Vacancy rate, Projected population growth , Affordability, Recent housing gains, Number of parks, Number of arts-related businesses, Resident engagement , Population density, WalkScore, Daytime population
  • 10 Best Downtowns

    We've identified the best downtowns in the country. These are places where vacancy rates remain low while new residents move in. Check out our picks for the best urban areas in America.
    Ranking Criteria: Vacancy rate, Population increase since 2010, Percentage of new homeowners, Daytime population, Projected median household income, Walk Score, Entertainment options, Arts/Cultural attractions
  • 10 Best Downtowns

    Our picks for the best downtowns of 2014 include cities undergoing significant improvement. We looked for downtowns with declining vacancy and growing populations. These places are attracting new residents and businesses while creating a vibrant scene that draws tourists and unites the greater community with a sense of pride.
    Ranking Criteria: Population growth, Ratio of residents to jobs, Income growth, Home vacancy rates, Affordability of housing, Retail and office vacancy rates
  • 10 Best Downtowns

    Downtowns across the country are seeing a resurgence of restaurants, shops, offices and residential development. We've picked out the best downtowns, places that offer amazing amenities and high quality of life.
    Ranking Criteria: Population 100,000 to 300,000, Economic growth, Vacancy rates, Average commute, Unemployment rate
  • 10 Best Downtowns

    Choose your scene. Check out our picks for the Top 10 Downtowns and see which city matches your vibe. You're bound to find the right fit.
    Ranking Criteria: Good entertainment options, Well planned design, Unique architecture, Green spaces, Walkability