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2020 Top 100 Best Places to Live in America


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The 2020 Top 100 Best Places to Live in America

For the past seven years, has released a data-driven list of the Top 100 Best Places to Live in America.

Every year, the list changes: we do surveys and studies, adjust our algorithm, add in new variables and data points, and celebrate a new #1 city. 

This year, the whole world changed. 

In 2020, many of the things that used to be a given about where and how we live suddenly became open-ended questions: 

What if you could work remotely and live anywhere? 

What if paying thousands of dollars a month to live in a big, expensive city wasn’t worth it anymore? 

What if the things that have always mattered — affordability, opportunity, safety, community — mattered more than ever? 

Right now, millions of people are reevaluating where they want to live. If you’re one of them, this list is for you. We analyzed more than 1,000 small to mid-sized cities on factors like safety, affordability, economic stability, outdoor recreation, accessibility, community engagement. This year’s list was also informed by a new metric: an “opportunity score” we used to determine each city’s landscape of opportunity, including variables like job numbers, broadband access, economic resilience and growth. 

These 100 cities offer the exact things so many of us are craving right now: connection, affordability, and the space and opportunity to grow.

Ready to make a change? Read on to discover your perfect place…

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