US Cities Where Everyone Wants to Live Right Now

Whether it be a searing hot job market, affordable housing, or a booming entertainment scene, these are the best cities to move to in 2017.

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Looking to move? Look no further. The best cities of 2017 are the perfect storm of fun and economic. Whether it be a searing hot job market, affordable housing, or a booming entertainment scene, these are the best cities to move to in 2017.

Nashville, TN

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From legendary country music to delicious food that’ll make you sweat, Nashville not only has the fun times and great scenery, but a booming economy as well. “It’s a city that people with big ideas and big dreams flock to: songwriters and singers, college students and chefs, fashion designers and health care entrepreneurs,” says Michael Cass, Communications adviser at the Office of Mayor. “And it’s a city of great neighborhoods, beautiful parks and, best of all, diverse, engaged and welcoming people.”

Fayetteville, AR

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Fayetteville boasts historic neighborhoods, lively nightlife, thriving job market with an educated workforce and loyal customer base, and most interestingly, thousands of acres of parkland located in and around the Ozark Mountains.

Charlotte, NC

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Charlotte is known as a commercial hub, fueled by outdoor recreation and a growing culinary scene, as well as a deep and rich history. History lovers can enjoy the plethora of post-civil war history sprinkled throughout the city and state. “Charlotte is a great place to live, work, and raise a family,” says Gregg Watkins, Communications Manager of the Office of the Mayor of Charlotte, NC. “We are a diverse and welcoming 21st century city with a small-town feel.”


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Austin, TX

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Austin is known for it’s eclectic and booming live music scene, but it’s not just for the artsy types. The area is ridden with parks and lakes just waiting to be explored. “Our problem is not getting people to move to Austin. Our challenge is to better manage growth to preserve the spirit and soul of Austin,” says Jason Stanford, Communications Director, Office of Mayor.

Provo, UT

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Film festivals, rooftop concerts, comedy shows and other entertainment based business thrive in Provo. Along with a new downtown area and updated public transit, Provo boasts some of the best quality of life in the country.

Fort Collins, CO

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From 1800s homes to a vintage town trolley, Fort Collins keeps things traditional without sacrificing innovation. But the entertainment and growing economies doesn’t stop in town. Nestled at the bottom of the Rocky Mountains, there’s much to be explored in the great outdoors.


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Boise, ID

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As the capital of Idaho, Boise is a hub of art, entertainment, outdoor recreation and growing businesses. A vibrant city with “an independence and creative spirit” that is rare in most places in the United States, says www.cityofboise.org.

Tampa, FL

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Located in Florida’s clear water gulf, Tampa is a hot-spot business center ridden with diverse cultural offerings like cuisine, art, museums and nightlife. Oh, and don’t forget the beautiful beaches just steps away from the thriving town.

Charleston, SC

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When you think “quaint,” think Charleston. From horse-drawn carriages to antebellum houses, this cobblestone-ridden city is home to thriving businesses and nautical entertainment. “Everything you’ve heard is true,” parades www.charlestoncvb.com.

Tucson, AZ

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At the center of the Sonoran Desert and surrounded by mountain ranges lies this growing Arizona city. Between El Presidio Historic District and Barrio Historico, Tucson has a deep and rich history. Also listed as a best college town, Tucson claims a booming nightlife and culinary scene.

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