Top 100 Best Places To Live 2017 Edition

Did your city make the list? has released its fourth-annual Top 100 Best Places to Live list. The new rankings are the culmination of months-long exclusive research into what factors most influence the livability of the United States’ small to mid-sized cities. More than 30 states are represented, from coast to coast.
The list is an exclusive, independent, editorial ranking by The research team was supported by a stellar advisory board of the leading academics, authors, policymakers and practitioners in the places space. This year, our team is 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 methodology and the framework by which we rank the cities.
“This year’s Top 100 Best Places to Live list includes many first-time cities,” says Becky Henson, Livability spokesperson. “The fact is that each one of these cities on the list are a best place to live. Our data experts scoured thousands of cities and data points to build a list that truly encompasses the things that make a place ideal.”
More than 2,100 cities with populations between 20,000 and 350,000 were evaluated in this landmark study. Forty data points that were grouped into eight categories: economics, housing, amenities, infrastructure, demographics, social and civic capital, education and health care. The eight scores were weighted based on an exclusive survey conducted for by Ipsos Public Affairs, a leading global market research firm. Respondents were asked about factors that make their communities better places to live, as well as the factors they would consider in selecting another city. Sources included the best public and private data available from organizations like the U.S. Census Bureau, Walk Score, and Esri.
The top 100 cities are featured on, along with their LivScore and information about the qualities and amenities that helped them make the list.
About explores what makes small to mid-sized cities great places to live, work and visit. We examine issues related to livability such as walkability, cultural amenities, transportation, urban planning, and sustainability through exclusive research and discussions on our blog. We celebrate the accomplishments of these cities through our monthly top 10 lists, our annual ranking of livable cities, our rich photography and conversations with readers in social media. is a division of Journal Communications, Inc.

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