Best Places to Live

2016 Top 100 Best Places to Live: Ranking Data

We ranked more than 2,000 cities with populations between 20,000 and 350,000 to come up with our third annual Top 100 Best Places to Live. This is a data-driven list based on more than 40 data points. This year we are proud to have collaborated with world-renowned urbanist Richard Florida and assistant clinical professor Steven Pedigo from the Initiative for Creativity and Innovation in Cities at NYU School of Professional Studies, our new data partners EMSI in shaping our proprietary methodology and the framework by which we rank the cities. 

City LivScore Amenities Civic Demo. Econ Educat. Health Housing Infrast.
Rochester 674 71 75 54 55 60 80 84 59
Bellevue 670 78 79 72 53 66 68 58 61
Madison 651 68 64 37 66 72 88 60 66
Santa Barbara 651 71 60 61 52 71 75 66 64
Boulder 649 68 69 32 56 87 68 68 70
Palo Alto 646 61 88 72 47 72 63 45 65
Bismarck 645 69 67 60 65 51 68 74 61
Ann Arbor 643 70 62 35 49 94 72 57 74
Iowa City 642 62 60 37 59 82 83 67 60
Sioux Falls 640 70 56 54 68 56 72 77 58
Walnut Creek 639 67 84 67 47 67 68 60 51
Fort Collins 638 73 66 36 54 84 61 68 63
San Mateo 638 59 72 78 59 59 62 58 63
Overland Park 636 65 87 56 55 72 74 53 45
Fargo 636 71 61 40 64 62 71 73 66
Rapid City 635 67 55 63 60 57 72 78 56
Rockville 631 56 82 73 54 68 61 56 53
Ashland 631 52 76 41 50 77 74 58 74
Santa Cruz 631 63 61 35 52 82 76 72 62
Olympia 630 80 67 49 42 63 66 69 67
Charlottesville 630 73 57 39 47 76 70 64 76
Longmont 629 64 58 63 64 58 71 70 55
Edina 629 58 91 57 52 69 63 58 54
Littleton 627 72 76 66 54 64 50 67 52
Kirkland 627 67 77 51 61 56 64 64 60
Lakewood 626 64 63 64 56 66 70 64 54
Boise 624 57 68 52 56 72 68 64 60
Grand Forks 621 65 67 35 59 69 65 71 66
San Luis Obispo 620 62 58 31 46 81 81 73 60
Davis 620 57 70 36 54 78 78 62 58
Sarasota 619 83 40 69 39 65 74 52 71
Missoula 619 68 60 26 53 69 81 71 66
Ventura 619 64 61 61 59 68 65 66 51
Bozeman 618 64 69 33 51 88 75 52 60
Ames 618 61 58 24 62 90 72 66 59
Chapel Hill 617 65 65 42 44 81 68 63 64
Honolulu 617 83 36 74 58 61 69 54 59
Corvallis 617 59 65 25 50 77 80 67 69
Billings 615 66 53 57 54 58 67 81 54
Scottsdale 614 69 79 64 51 74 60 49 44
Loveland 614 63 62 62 65 55 68 64 52
Newton 612 53 96 51 55 68 60 45 60
Manhattan 611 64 45 40 58 79 73 75 55
Lafayette 610 62 71 56 54 58 67 65 53
Menlo Park 609 49 92 62 54 57 62 43 66
Columbia 609 73 51 39 57 68 77 67 53
Reno 608 65 39 66 42 76 67 65 64
Lincoln 608 67 53 43 61 57 69 76 61
Arlington 607 60 81 52 41 65 62 60 62
Irvine 607 57 81 60 39 86 69 37 53
Downers Grove 606 52 89 40 58 70 62 60 53
Aberdeen 605 50 58 58 67 51 74 78 48
Bend 604 61 61 60 49 70 69 52 59
Pleasanton 604 49 89 57 51 75 63 50 45
Salt Lake City 603 64 46 51 54 61 66 67 74
Alexandria 600 70 81 55 39 55 59 62 58
White Plains 600 51 71 65 47 58 67 51 68
Monterey 599 63 69 58 49 48 64 69 59
Boca Raton 598 79 78 62 37 71 50 40 58
Dickinson 598 64 71 60 78 33 49 64 60
Helena 597 59 81 46 56 48 60 69 59
Watertown 597 58 55 48 63 57 64 77 56
Santa Rosa 597 64 51 65 48 62 79 55 53
Richland 596 60 83 64 45 63 46 62 53
Renton 595 58 39 67 71 65 67 61 48
Petaluma 595 61 75 55 47 56 65 67 48
San Rafael 594 66 63 70 43 41 76 59 56
Napa 594 62 47 69 54 55 67 68 55
Asheville 594 57 55 68 44 67 69 56 57
Camarillo 594 60 84 63 44 60 56 64 43
Murray 594 52 52 53 65 58 65 66 64
Bellingham 593 70 49 23 51 74 72 65 67
Novato 593 60 83 61 49 44 73 62 42
Portland 593 57 61 30 53 62 84 52 72
Casper 593 62 54 60 72 45 51 81 50
Mountain View 592 46 83 61 50 46 68 49 68
Bloomington 592 72 46 20 53 73 71 64 72
Lawrence 591 70 54 31 50 73 73 68 52
Miami Beach 589 80 50 53 54 60 58 47 69
Bothell 589 64 71 63 63 66 40 54 52
Lexington 589 74 54 49 45 71 62 60 54
Bountiful 589 43 81 52 45 71 48 75 54
Redwood City 588 53 58 67 56 49 70 54 63
Fremont 588 50 70 65 46 73 64 54 48
Berkeley 588 60 55 48 53 80 62 53 59
Goleta 587 64 79 56 59 54 39 66 55
Plano 587 67 81 62 51 66 62 37 43
Cedar Rapids 586 65 62 44 60 54 64 74 46
Brookings 586 58 53 29 65 76 66 64 58
Midland 585 55 82 37 51 57 58 79 49
Pullman 585 59 59 38 54 79 68 45 64
Fredericksburg 584 65 49 56 34 67 63 62 71
Greenville 584 69 57 58 46 54 63 64 56
Stamford 583 63 65 66 33 46 59 64 69
Cambridge 583 59 72 39 59 61 71 37 65
Bethesda 583 57 83 61 38 58 60 50 56
Eugene 583 71 54 30 42 73 69 60 66
Issaquah 583 56 75 60 55 53 61 54 52
Stillwater 583 71 50 36 57 86 63 47 57
Santa Clara 583 53 57 63 48 59 70 57 59