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

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The annual list ranks the best small to mid-sized cities to live, work and visit

“Our Top 100 Best Places to Live list celebrates the amazing small and mid-sized communities across the U.S. – the ones who really shine when it comes to offering affordability alongside amenities and opportunity.” -Amanda Ellis, Editor in Chief has released the ninth annual Top 100 Best Places to Live list for 2022, sponsored by eXp Realty. The new rankings are the culmination of months of extensive research into relocation trends, economic variables and factors that influence quality of life. Thirty-six states are represented from coast to coast.

The 2022 ranking categories were influenced by an exclusive study conducted by in partnership with Ipsos. More than 1,000 adults, aged 18 and up from across the country, were surveyed to determine the characteristics of livability they would value in a prospective home community with an emphasis on how rising costs are affecting their relocation decisions. Respondents were asked which factors would be most heavily considered when choosing to relocate and how their housing needs and priorities have changed due to record-breaking inflation. The research shows that 7 in 10 adults consider affordability to be a top-three factor influencing a decision to relocate.

The 2022 Top 100 Best Places to Live list broadly reflects the findings that affordability and local amenities are top priorities for people looking to relocate.

“As remote work trends continue and affordability becomes more elusive amidst high inflation, people are thinking about where their money goes the farthest,” says Amanda Ellis, Editor in Chief. “Our Top 100 Best Places to Live list celebrates the amazing small and mid-sized communities across the U.S. – the ones who really shine when it comes to offering affordability alongside amenities and opportunity.”

This year Livability partnered with eXp Realty, the fastest-growing real estate brokerage in the world, on the annual community ranking. The company, which has been fully remote since its founding in 2009 and operates in a cloud-based virtual platform, understands that today many people are choosing lifestyle over their work location when deciding where to live.

“Gone are the days of having to live in the same city where you work, and that’s really changing the dynamics of how people decide where to buy a home,” said Dawn Conciatori, VP, Referral Generation, eXp Realty. “Research shows over 19 million Americans plan to relocate due to remote work and flexible work options. Relocating to a new city is an exciting time, but also a big decision. Our partnership with Livability and this new research can help people find the kind of livable community they’re looking for, whether they’re looking to make a move now or in the near future.”

This year, the list was centered around mid-sized cities (generally defined as 500,000 population or smaller) that are attracting big waves of young people. More than 2,000 cities were ranked on 50 data points measuring economics, housing, amenities, infrastructure, demographics, social and civic capital, education and health care. Sources included the best public and private data available from organizations like the U.S. Census Bureau, Lightcast and Esri.

This year’s top 10 cities are:

  • Madison, Wisconsin
  • Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Rochester, Minnesota
  • Naperville, Illinois
  • Overland Park, Kansas
  • Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Fishers, Indiana
  • Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Carmel, Indiana

The complete list of the 2022 Top 100 Best Places to Live is featured on, along with each city’s LivScore and some of the specific attractions, activities and amenities that make it a great place to live.

For more information or to schedule an interview, please contact Amanda Ellis, Editor-in-Chief,
Cara Sanders, Managing Editor,


About highlights the best small to mid-sized cities and what makes them great places to live, work and visit. Through exclusive research and original content, we examine issues such as affordability, cultural amenities and talent attraction, and celebrate the accomplishments of these cities through top 10 lists, our annual ranking of the Top 100 Best Places to Live, and articles exploring the who, what, why and how behind the “where.” is a division of Journal Communications, Inc., based in Franklin, TN.

About eXp Realty:
eXp Realty® is part of eXp World Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq: EXPI), which is also the holding company for Virbela and SUCCESS® Enterprises. eXp Realty is the fastest-growing real estate company in the world with more than 83,000 agents in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, South Africa, India, Mexico, Portugal, France, Puerto Rico, Brazil, Italy, Hong Kong, Colombia, Spain, Israel, Panama, Germany, Dominican Republic, Greece and New Zealand and continues to scale internationally. As a publicly traded company, eXp World Holdings provides real estate professionals the unique opportunity to earn equity awards for production goals and contributions to overall company growth. eXp World Holdings and its businesses offer a full suite of brokerage and real estate tech solutions, including its innovative residential and commercial brokerage model, professional services, collaborative tools and personal development. The cloud-based brokerage is powered by Virbela, an immersive 3D platform that is deeply social and collaborative, enabling agents to be more connected and productive. SUCCESS® Enterprises, anchored by SUCCESS® magazine and its related media properties, was established in 1897 and is a leading personal and professional development brand and publication.

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