Livability.com Releases its Annual Ranking of the Top 100 Best Places to Live in the United States

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

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“The past two years have shown us how important it is that the places we live meet our needs and offer up affordability, opportunity and plenty of amenities. If we can work from anywhere, then these 100 cities are places you would want to live," says Cara Sanders, Livability.com managing editor.

Livability.com has released the eighth annual Top 100 Best Places to Live list for 2021. The new rankings are the culmination of months of extensive research into relocation trends, economic variables and factors that influence the quality of life. Forty states are represented from coast to coast.

The 2021 rankings were guided by an exclusive study conducted by Livability.com in partnership with Ipsos. More than 1,000 adults aged 18 and up from across the country were surveyed to determine which livability characteristics they value in their future communities. Respondents were asked if they could work from anywhere, which factors would be most heavily considered when choosing to relocate, and how their housing needs and priorities have changed since the beginning of the pandemic. Since March 2020, more than 42% of the U.S. population has either moved or considered moving.

The rankings on this year’s Top 100 Best Places to Live broadly reflect the findings that affordability and local amenities are the top priorities for remote workers.

“This year’s list is a testament to loving where you live, in a time where more of us than ever can live anywhere we want,” says Cara Sanders, Livability.com managing editor. “These past two years have shown us how important it is that the places we live meet our needs and offer up affordability, opportunity and plenty of amenities. If we can work from anywhere, then these 100 cities are places you would want to live because they are so well suited to meet remote workers’ needs.”

More than 1,000 cities with populations between 20,000 and 1 million were ranked on 50 data points measuring economics, housing, amenities, infrastructure, demographics, social and civic capital, education and health care. The nine scores were weighted based on an exclusive survey conducted for Livability.com by Ipsos Public Affairs, a leading global market research firm. Sources included the best public and private data available from organizations like the U.S. Census Bureau, Emsi and Esri.

This year’s top 10 cities are:
1. Madison, WI
2. Ann Arbor, MI
3. Overland Park, KS
4. Frederick, MD
5. Charlottesville, VA
6. Quincy, MA
7. Hillsboro, OR
8. Roseville, CA
9. Colorado Springs, CO
10. Vancouver, WA

The complete list of the 2021 Top 100 Best Places to Live is featured on Livability.com, 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:
Cara Sanders, Managing Editor, Livability.com
csanders@livability.com

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About Livability.com:
Livability.com 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.” Livability.com is a division of Journal Communications, Inc., based in Franklin, TN.

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