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Population: 112,225According to Livability, the Best Place to Live in the United States is Rochester, due to the rapid growth in its schools, civil engagement and entertainment options. The city is home to the esteemed Mayo Clinic, which creates increased job opportunities and health care advantages.
Population: 129,209 Situated between Lake Washington and Lake Sammamish, this Seattle suburb is an easy sell, especially to nature lovers drawn to its woods, wetlands and views of the Cascade Mountains. But Bellevue is more than just a looker; it’s the rare city where you can go kayaking and sample Taiwanese food in an afternoon. Minorities make up 40 percent of the 130,000 residents and 50 languages are spoken in its high-ranking schools.
Population: 2,651,392While Denver sits at the base of the Rocky Mountains, it’s not considered a mountain town since it takes at least an hour to get to the Rockies for snowboarding and ski activities, a local expert explained. At 5,279 feet, the Mile High City lives up to its name in more ways than one: In 2012, Colorado legalized recreational marijuana, paving the way for a flourishing and lucrative cannabis industry.
Population: 1,835,016The “live music capital of the world” often finds itself on lists covering the best places to live – and for good reason. With a substantially lower unemployment rate than the national average (just 6.3% as opposed to 8.3% nationally), no state income tax, eight colleges and universities, clean water, and plenty of open space surrounding the metro area, this city of more than 700,000 people sits smack in the middle of the vast Texas landscape.The city contains 3,127 people per square mile, and 83.4% of residents have a high school diploma or higher.
Population: 483,396Fayetteville sits among the Ozark Mountains and is home to the University of Arkansas’ flagship campus. The surrounding area of northwest Arkansas is home to headquarters for seven Fortune 500 companies including Walmart and Tyson Foods. The city has experienced immense growth, according to a local expert, who said the region has evolved "from a small town to a center of higher education, culture, commerce, and entrepreneurialism.”
Population: 65,900Named one of the best foodie cities, with so many restaurants supported by local farmers markets, Walnut Creek also offers high-quality schools and various indoor and outdoor recreational activities. Residents are also very active in their community, especially in the political scene.
Population: 480,428 This relaxed coastal city of 469,000 is one of the most pedestrian- and bike-friendly in California, having aggressively implemented safe-streets measures in recent years. Protected bicycle lanes have increased ridership by 50 percent since 2012 and the city has been awarded a silver designation by the League of American Bicyclists. It’s welcoming to canines, too, with the only dedicated dog beach in Los Angeles County.
Population: 1.562 MillionPhiladelphia is the biggest city of Pennsylvania and the fifth-most-crowded in the United States. The city was one of the country’s capitals in the Revolutionary War and served as makeshift U.S. capital while Washington, D.C., was under development. In the nineteenth century, it turned into a noteworthy industrial center and railroad center point that developed from a deluge of European outsiders.
Population: 55,575 As rents in Brooklyn skyrocket, those looking for a short commute to Manhattan, walkable neighborhoods and excellent pizza will find better deals across the harbor in Hoboken, New Jersey. According to Trulia, the median rent per bedroom is $1,550 in Hoboken, while it’s over $2,000 for the trendy parts of Brooklyn. It’s only 10 minutes to the World Trade Center on the PATH train.
Population: 4,466,251A local expert described San Francisco as “the heart of the bohemian lifestyle, the epicenter of the LGBT rights movement, and the launching point of the technology era.” In the last decade, thousands of tech companies have raced to set up shop in the Bay Area, sending the cost of living through the roof. But despite all the focus on the tech and startup scene, the city also has plenty of business jobs available with more than 30 international finance headquarters.
Population: 171,544Throughout the year, residents of Sioux Falls can take advantage of the city’s great schools, sporting events, live music, art shows, festivals and hundreds of restaurants. The city also boasts more than 70 parks and greenways and a 1.3 million-square-foot shopping center, in addition to beautiful views of the cascades of the Big Sioux River.
Population: 4.011 MillionLos Angeles is frequently known by it’s initials L.A., is the second-biggest city in the United States, the most crowded city in California, and the county seat of Los Angeles County.Arranged in Southern California, Los Angeles is known for it’s Mediterranean climatic conditions, ethnic diversity, sprawling city and as a noteworthy center of the American entertainment industry. The city lies in a vast beach front bowl encompassed on three sides by mountains coming to up to and more than 10,000 feet.
Population: 19.865 MillionFrank Sinatra was right when he sang the following line about living in New York: “If I can make it here, I’ll make it anywhere.” If you can manage to save money while living in this city with its exorbitantly high cost of living, then, yes, you can probably find a way to save in most other cities. Not only is it hard to save in New York because housing costs and daily expenses are high, but it’s also hard to make ends meet because the median income is below the national median.
Population: 441,003Miami is the county seat of Floridas Miami-Dade County and the most populous city in the Miami metropolitan area, which is the most populous metro region in the Southern US after Washington, D.C. It is also one of the largest urban areas in the country, and a global city with the largest concentration of international banks in the United States.
Population: 3.9235 MillionOklahoma is a U.S. state with diverse landscape and includes the Great Plains, mountains, lakes and forests.Oklahoma City, which is the capital and is home to the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. Like Oklahoma City, the state’s second-largest city is a great place for savers. Although the median income in Oklahoma City is higher, lower housing costs in Tulsa offset the difference and land it higher in this ranking.