Top 100 Best Places to Live in the United States Announced by

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Annual List Ranks the Best Small to Mid-Sized Cities to Live, Work and Play in the United States

News Image has released its fifth annual Top 100 Best Places to Live list. The new rankings are the culmination of months of 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. The 2018 ranking builds on a process initially developed with one of the world’s leading urban theorists, Richard Florida.’s research team worked with the University of Toronto’s Martin Prosperity Institute and later with The Initiative for Creativity and Innovation in Cities at New York University’s Schools of Professional Studies a program he directed along with Steven Pedigo.

“The 2018 Best Place to Live list includes a fascinating mix of familiar cities and first-timers that are starting to carve out a reputation as wonderful places to live,” says Winona Dimeo-Ediger,’s managing editor. “It’s great to see these under-the-radar cities getting more attention on a national scale — and the accolades are certainly well-deserved.”

More than 2,300 cities with populations between 20,000 and 350,000 were ranked on 40 data points measuring 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 great 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.

“This year’s #1 city, Ann Arbor, has appeared on’s Top 100 Best Places to Live list every year,” says Dimeo-Ediger, “so it feels like a special — and long awaited — victory for a deserving city.”

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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Winona Dimeo-Ediger, managing editor

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