Orlando, FL

Population: 256,738
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Orlando may be best known for mouse ears and rollercoasters, but this Florida city has actually been named the best city for gamers in America by How Stuff Works. The city boasts the highest numbers of arcades per capita — so there’s always a place to go for game releases. More than 14 comic book, video game and anime conventions are hosted here. Orlando also topped the charts with its 17 esports tournaments in 2017, which was more than any other city in the nation.

After all that gaming, it’s nice to take a break outdoors, and Orlando definitely has plenty of outdoor activities to keep anyone busy thanks to its year-round sunshine. Need more? Orlando is also dedicated to education (there are more than two dozen colleges and universities in the area!) and residents enjoy an amazing food scene that helped the city earn a spot on Livability's Top 100 Best Places to Live list in 2019.