Best Places to Live

2014 Top 100 Best Places to Live: Ranking data

Big cities tend to get all the love. We here at Livability know that there are great stories to be told in smaller places, too. Our ranking of the 2014 top 100 best places to live focuses on small to mid-sized cities and what makes them great places to live and work. We worked with trusted partners, stellar advisors, and the best public and private data sources to develop our ranking. The cities on the list excelled in our criteria. These towns are places where residents are able to take full advantage of a wide variety of amenities and offerings - everything from parks and museums to different commuting options to hospitals. Spend some time getting to know them and when it comes time for your next move, maybe you'll think small.

 

City LivScore Sort ascending Amenities Civic Demo. Econ Educat. Health Housing Infrast.
Palo Alto 646 82 74 69 54 85 46 51 67
Boulder 643 78 70 25 54 89 73 57 70
Berkeley 643 79 76 56 58 89 57 41 68
Durham 640 84 52 73 60 70 78 47 50
Madison 639 80 73 34 66 71 71 54 62
Miami Beach 639 89 68 58 54 68 82 25 76
Rochester 636 70 62 63 69 71 56 68 48
Salt Lake City 635 83 54 50 52 73 86 45 66
Eugene 633 87 77 35 53 81 63 49 65
Reno 631 90 51 66 53 70 83 45 48
Rockville 631 71 76 66 68 62 39 64 63
Boise 630 83 69 41 51 77 72 59 53
Bellevue 630 86 69 77 55 78 31 54 64
Ann Arbor 627 73 77 43 47 92 68 40 72
Salem 626 83 43 66 55 65 74 52 64
Santa Clara 622 83 63 85 57 61 46 55 55
Provo 622 70 71 28 51 73 80 57 66
Overland Park 621 71 76 54 60 86 52 60 42
Greensboro 620 81 55 74 51 81 78 40 39
Tampa 620 93 42 75 47 73 80 31 62
Pasadena 620 88 59 68 53 75 54 40 68
Alhambra 619 61 51 79 55 68 81 42 63
Bozeman 617 59 82 9 61 79 85 53 62
Fort Lauderdale 615 82 65 60 48 73 72 31 70
Bellingham 615 72 75 28 55 74 75 54 59
White Plains 615 62 79 71 59 65 48 46 72
Charlottesville 614 63 68 43 44 67 89 48 71
Lexington 613 80 65 51 54 82 75 47 36
Anaheim 613 88 37 82 41 71 71 48 57
Cedar Rapids 613 68 65 43 63 69 77 56 46
Huntsville 613 79 71 64 49 79 67 53 30
Ames 612 48 77 28 62 74 85 55 57
Torrance 611 81 66 69 61 81 36 49 54
Burbank 610 79 67 64 58 66 60 44 57
Gainesville 610 74 65 45 57 78 91 32 49
Albany 609 67 64 52 47 71 85 30 79
Irvine 607 93 78 79 59 88 3 57 42
Santa Barbara 606 91 67 64 49 79 54 37 55
Santa Rosa 606 89 65 70 51 51 57 54 51
Orlando 606 84 32 65 53 75 84 35 59
Frederick 605 64 60 72 69 69 37 65 51
Tacoma 605 88 52 73 45 64 62 46 60
Tallahassee 605 87 66 42 51 82 85 38 33
Tempe 605 86 61 37 47 86 61 45 67
Iowa City 604 53 82 28 58 65 82 52 62
Santa Monica 604 83 62 45 56 87 54 39 67
Columbia 604 72 71 31 67 79 75 49 37
Asheville 603 72 53 43 59 74 83 43 55
Fullerton 603 82 65 87 53 80 25 50 52
Aurora 601 83 33 75 52 58 75 56 49
Camarillo 600 81 82 63 53 71 19 69 50
Fremont 600 81 66 80 56 72 30 57 46
Glendale 600 89 61 61 40 52 74 43 64
Cambridge 599 69 60 54 60 77 58 42 65
San Luis Obispo 599 73 85 29 44 75 71 49 54
Denton 598 72 77 39 59 74 60 49 51
Charleston 597 80 66 39 58 80 75 42 39
Richmond 596 77 56 53 34 73 88 33 69
Henderson 596 80 67 49 61 85 53 53 30
St. Petersburg 595 84 62 51 46 64 85 31 59
Missoula 594 65 73 12 54 66 91 49 61
Knoxville 594 84 61 31 50 74 92 44 39
Redmond 594 63 64 65 64 69 32 61 64
Fayetteville 593 69 72 23 57 69 86 47 48
Yonkers 592 72 52 86 44 46 62 43 75
Greenville 592 70 68 57 46 78 74 39 45
St. Paul 592 76 26 65 46 67 84 44 67
West Palm Beach 591 80 63 68 48 67 72 33 48
Newton 591 72 82 64 48 89 16 53 65
Des Moines 591 74 25 64 54 55 87 48 62
Chapel Hill 591 56 83 42 57 81 49 50 62
Skokie 589 58 66 66 52 85 43 51 58
Cincinnati 589 82 32 56 38 72 94 26 78
Everett 589 72 49 56 46 62 60 53 76
Columbus 588 81 56 67 42 67 81 34 48
Stamford 588 80 55 84 45 59 40 47 72
West Des Moines 588 56 63 53 68 64 52 60 53
Thousand Oaks 587 86 82 59 50 69 17 69 44
Pittsburgh 587 76 60 43 44 72 87 23 73
Newport News 587 82 39 64 40 54 83 49 60
Lincoln 586 75 36 36 62 71 80 54 49
Whittier 586 70 50 85 53 63 52 48 54
Chattanooga 586 83 54 63 42 63 84 37 44
Santa Clarita 586 90 69 65 53 57 33 67 37
Sunnyvale 586 79 68 84 56 80 3 59 52
Plano 586 76 81 64 56 51 41 60 43
Redlands 585 65 64 76 60 68 48 48 44
Scottsdale 584 89 77 24 48 92 49 52 41
Lakewood 584 82 69 41 52 64 50 61 50
San Rafael 583 78 63 62 50 64 42 51 65
Anchorage 582 85 46 58 55 76 43 62 41
Hayward 582 84 39 90 44 53 51 50 60
Santa Ana 579 86 31 71 33 56 76 46 68
Orange 579 80 60 85 54 32 47 55 54
Helena 579 42 80 15 72 59 81 54 52
Vancouver 578 80 62 62 46 37 69 55 50
Murray 578 55 61 29 69 70 53 67 54
Fargo 578 66 67 18 63 71 67 53 54
St. Louis 577 79 33 64 40 60 97 26 68
Costa Mesa 577 80 64 65 51 69 40 44 59