Its territory is vast and composed of different ecoregions, home to some of the unforgettable wonders like Niagara Falls, Yosemite National Park, and the Grand Canyon. It’s no wonder everyone wants to live here! Get your map books out and let’s start our road trip to the best US cities.
The international magazine “US News & Weekly Report” named Huntsville, Alabama one of the best cities to live in 2022-2023. Set in the Appalachian Region and in the seat of Madison County, Huntsville has recently had one of the fastest-developing metro areas. Some of its major draws include affordable housing, good quality of life, and great job opportunities.
Furthermore, the city also made the list of the best cities to retire and the most affordable cities. It is also ranked as the no.1 place to live in Alabama, earning Huntsville the title of “the star of Alabama”.
For those who want the best of both worlds, there is Kaneohe. The main city is found along the Bay of Kaneohe, Hawaii, and is located on the island of Oahu. While Hawaii may be the ideal holiday destination, in Kaneohe you can live the holiday life.
It is great for those who love the outdoors. The weather is generally warm. You will find yourself surrounded by the most picturesque views. All types of outdoor adventures await you in Kaneohe, plus you are just a short drive away from Honolulu, meaning you really have the best of both worlds.
Raleigh, North Carolina
Making up one of the sides of the Research Triangle, Raleigh, North Carolina offers much to its residents. The Research Triangle is composed of three universities, located in Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill. The presence of these universities boosts the economy and provides many job opportunities, giving Raleigh a strong and stable economy.
Apart from the universities, Raleigh boasts a great quality of life for a more reasonable price. Its cost of living is 0.8% less than in New York. There is also plenty to do in the city like visiting its museums and restaurants.
Greenville, South Carolina
There are many perks to living in Greenville. It has a lively downtown and night scene. When it comes to entertainment you are spoiled for choice. There is a vibrant art scene and countless cuisine options as the town has a growing farm-to-table culture developing.
If you prefer the outdoors, you can go hiking in parks such as the Paris Mountain State Park or visit one of the 46 parks in the city. Two major draws of the city include a warmer, subtropical climate and its lower crime rate.
Albany, New York
New York City tends to overshadow other cities in the same state, but you should not overlook what a catch living in Albany really is. Compared to the larger city, Albany is less populous, the crime rate is lower, and has more affordable housing. In fact, it is one of the more affordable cities to live in the state.
Though its population is just under 100 000, it has one of the lowest rates of pollution compared to other metro areas.
From 2016 to 2021, Melbourne Florida experienced a massive population boom from immigration. According to the US Census Bureau, the metro area grew by 8.4%. When people flock to a place, it tells you one thing – it offers its residents something.
One unique feature of Melbourne is that it is listed as the 19th best city for college readiness, meaning that the city’s high schools are doing something right. It is not only a great place for students, but for professionals and retirees. Thanks to its growing population, its economy is growing too.
Eden Prairie, Minnesota
Wondering whether Eden Prairie is a good place to live? Well, just look at its name! If you are still not convinced this medium-sized city is one of the best the state offers. Located near to Twin Cities of St. Paul and Minneapolis, you will not feel cut off in Eden Prairie, not that you would have minded. The city offers plenty of parks, coffee shops, and restaurants to visit.
Moreover, it has the 16th largest metro area in the whole country. Still, you won’t necessarily feel cramped as Eden Prairie is home to about 64,000 residents.
It is not surprising that the capital city is one of the best US cities to live in. The city offers plenty of job opportunities, and great education preparing young minds for college, and its rate of happiness among residents ranks high. Being the capital city, it will have that unique element to it and Washington D.C. doesn’t disappoint.
There is an array of interesting and dynamic suburbs as well as the perfect setting to become immersed in American history with its numerous memorials. Still, if you are looking for something outdoors, Washington D.C. offers that too.
Neatly tucked into the top left corner of the state of Arkansas, Fayetteville is the quintessential US city. It offers that true suburban feel which comes with the characteristic variety of cafés, bars, restaurants, and parks.
It also boasts an excellent education system, being the home to the state’s flagship university, the University of Arkansas, as well as good public schools. One of the more unique elements of the city is the Clinton Museum, which was the first home of the political couple. If politics is not for you, why not visit the Arkansas Air and Military Museum?
In 2021-2022 the international magazine, “U.S. News & Weekly Report”, named Boulder the best place to live in. For those who want great quality of life, you don’t have to look any further. Boulder has it all. Its first draw is its picturesque mountainous landscape.
Then, there is its vibrant music scene and its downtown with its many walkways. There are also plenty of renowned restaurants and breweries as well as an art gallery. Both young professionals and families will enjoy all on offer in the city.
Fort Thomas, Kentucky
With its population numbering only about 17,000, if you want a spacious city, then Fort Thomas is exactly for you. Named after Union General, Henry Thomas, the Fort, was a key stronghold during the Spanish-American War.
If you are a history lover, Fort Thomas is the perfect place for you to reminisce about the past. If you want something a bit more modern, why not join the city’s celebrated art walk downtown? If relaxing is your thing, you can head to one of the numerous health resorts which opened after mineral waters were discovered in the city.
Paradise has never been so close. Naples, Florida, is situated on the Gulf of Mexico. It offers stunning views of the bay, sprawling white-sanded beaches, and tranquil waters. While the line of mansions flanking the beachfront is called “Millionaire’s Row”, you should not be put off. The old town is affordable. In fact, the median rent price is $1396.
Naples has been voted one of the best places to retire and one of the best holiday destinations. The good news is you don’t have to wait for retirement or your next vacation to make this city your home because it is affordable.
Star City, West Virginia
Fortunately, this city lives up to its name. It is certainly a star in the state of West Virginia. But it is not a star that many people know about. In 2021, Star City’s population numbered only 1817. For the outdoorsy type, Star City is ideal. Situated along the Monongahela River, the place has an accessible boat ramp.
If you have a boat of any kind, you can go on a river trip. There are also plenty of hiking, biking, and walking trails. For those who want to get out and about and love tranquillity, there is Star City.
As the capital of Idaho, you would certainly expect this city to be ranked one of the best places to live in the USA. Located along the state’s greenbelt, Boise offers stunning natural views as well as a developed outdoor culture. The city is regarded as the ideal family city because its crime rate is so low.
Not only families flock to Boise, but retired professionals too, as the city is also on the more affordable side. The median rent price is only $879. And what you get in return is a tree-lined cityscape – not too bad.
It might be surprising to see a city in Alaska on this list. For sure, the icy state is not for everyone, but for those who enjoy cooler conditions, College might just be the perfect city. Located in close proximity to Fairbanks, living in College means that you have access to all the standard amenities as well as the University of Fairbanks Alaska.
At the same time, you’re away from all the hustle and bustle as the population of College only numbers about 12,000. The perfect place for peace.
Ann Arbor, Michigan
If you are really keen on individual expression and the indie scene, why not head west of Detroit? Located about 45 miles from Michigan’s largest city, Ann Arbor is a sprawling city offering an interesting mix: local cuisine, a sophisticated interest in art with the University of Michigan Museum of Art, and a blend of cultures such as its Japanese and Korean restaurants.
Now, if you are an avid reader, you’re sure to find something to read in one of Ann Arbor's many (many) libraries, even if you are into something a bit offbeat.
Not to be confused with Carmel-by-the-sea – which is in California – but Carmel, Indiana, is one of the best cities in the USA. Known as the “capital of roundabouts”, Carmel’s solution to heavy traffic and carbon emissions is traffic circles.
The city is home to approximately 138 roundabouts, so if you’re looking to escape the traffic nightmare, why not Carmel? The city also has a low crime rate as well as numerous attractions such as its Christmas market. Sounds like the perfect city for those looking to settle down with their families.
Des Moines, Iowa
As the capital of Iowa and the state’s number one representative, Des Moines makes the list of the best cities in the USA. It is the most populated city in the state and is most associated with the prevalence of insurance companies.
An article published recently in Business Wire stated that the city was no.1 in the insurance sector. Of course, its insurance sector has also attracted other financial organizations, meaning that if you are looking for a job opportunity in either sector, Des Moines might be the place for you.
According to “US News & Weekly Report” Madison is one of the best cities in the USA. Some of its major draws include superb quality of life and a developed metro area. It is on the more populated side, with a population numbering 660,000.
With such a big population, you would expect heavy traffic, but recent research reveals that locals spend an average of mere 22 minutes on daily commuting. The Sharecare Community Well-Being Index also ranks the city sixth for its quality of life.
Located in close proximity to the border of Missouri, this Arkansas city is one of the finest the USA has to offer. If you are looking for a sparsely populated but developed metro area, Bentonville offers both. Bentonville takes the origins of its name from the former senator, Thomas Hart Benton.
It is also the home to Walmart and the Walmart Museum can be located here too. If you are looking for something a little bit more sophisticated, the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art can be found here too, featuring art pieces by Andy Warhol.
San Francisco, California
No list would be complete without the city which is home to the Golden Gate Bridge. San Francisco has long been known for its diversity and inclusiveness, as well as its steep tram-lined hills.
Numerous movies have been based in this city simply for its diverse mix and eclectic scene and its exciting entrepreneurial spirit. There are also famous landmarks such as Alcatraz prison and San Francisco Bay. If you are a free-thinker and love innovation while enjoying scenes overlooking a bay, San Francisco is ideal.
This city may not be on the more affordable side – with the median rent being $2268 – but there are perks to paying such a price. Former president John F. Kennedy grew up here so the city contains many historical tributes to him.
It also has a historical underground train. In the past, this city attracted many families, but it has now been voted the best city for the rich and single. If you are a young, well-off professional, looking for a bit of history and good quality of life, Brookline has much in store for you.
Fort Collins, Colorado
Colorado must be doing something right. On a list titled the Top 20 Cities of the USA, the state has four, including Fort Collins. While the city’s national cost of living is slightly above the national average, it is a more affordable option than living in Denver or Boulder.
Denver is still in close range of the city if you were planning a visit. That being said, Fort Collins offers many amenities making its high cost of living worthwhile. It also has the quintessential USA city feel with a range of parks and coffee shops.
Until the very recent past, Hawaii was the dream-holiday destination. Little wonder the state’s capital city, Honolulu, ranks as one of the best cities to live in. Translating to “sheltered harbor” or “calm port”, Honolulu is just that.
It is set on the southern shore of Oahu and offers refuge from busy city life. There are beaches and sublime seascapes but there is also a bustling city with a population of 400,000. The median rent price is $1500 making it rather affordable for those looking for the best of both worlds – sea, and city.
Grand Rapids, Michigan
One of the things you might not know about Grand Rapids, especially from its name, is that this city is the global leader in the production of office furniture. It is a bit of a strange claim to fame, but a claim to fame nonetheless.
Grand Rapids offers residents a small-town feel with all the facilities and infrastructure of a big city. As the median house price is $296,730, it’s an affordable and attractive location for those looking to settle down. Its metro area ranked 29th. Did we mention that there is also a Riverwalk?
Charlotte, North Carolina
In recent years, Charlotte has become one of the fastest-growing cities. The city has seen much interest, particularly from millennials. Thanks to its small-town feel and outdoor culture, a lot of younger individuals are flocking to the city. It makes sense when you consider that Charlotte has a vibrant art scene, NoDa, and the Little Sugar Creek Greenway linear park.
The park contains bridges, sculptures, and a scenic walk along the waterway. The major reason for the sudden attraction of millennials is that the city offers affordable housing.
Green Bay, Wisconsin
As Wisconsin’s flagship city, Green Bay is certainly expected on this list. This city is well-known for its NFL team, the Green Bay Packers. It is also a great place to live according to the magazine “US News & Weekly Report”. In 2022, it ranked Green Bay as no.3.
There are major draws to living here, including lighter traffic, except when the Green Bay Packers play a home game. Living up to the name, Green Bay is intersected by the Fox River. And if that is not enough water for you, it is a 40-minute drive from Lake Michigan.
On Real Estate – US News, Sarasota, Florida ranked no. 9 as the best city to live in the USA in 2022. In 2021, it was also ranked no. 9. Situated in the Gulf of Mexico, you can expect beaches of fine white sand, a whole range of parks to choose from, and mangroves.
While the cost of living in Sarasota is about 7% higher than the national average and housing is 17% higher than the national average, it hasn’t stopped people from moving there. Since 2016, the city has seen a population increase of 12%.
This city has it all. If you want to live in Florida, but want a more temperate climate, Jacksonville has that going for it. The city is safe, it has a Riverwalk along the St. Johns River, and it has a vibrant art scene.
On its outskirts, it also has Amelia Island – where residents can enjoy a quick getaway while enjoying the island’s beaches and walkways. Did we also mention that Jacksonville has the largest urban park system? The park is an astounding four times the size of Manhattan.
San Jose, California
As the first capital of the state of California, San Jose is one of the USA’s best cities to live in. According to Real Estate – US News, San Jose ranked no.5 overall. Some of the major draws are that the city is one of the largest cities in the USA and has the largest population in all of Northern California. It also has a low crime rate.
For those who love diversity, a whopping 56 different languages are spoken in the city. It is not hard to believe considering 40% of the individuals are immigrants.
Salt Lake City, Utah
Other attractions of Salt Lake City are overshadowed by its claim to fame, the Mormon capital. As said, there are a lot of bonuses to living in this city. First, if you love the outdoors then Salt Lake City is a great choice. You can go skiing at several resorts such as Alta Brighton and Park Deer, take a stroll in Liberty Park, or go hiking at Wasatch National Forest.
In terms of entertainment, the culinary and film industries are developing so you will never be short of something to do in Salt Lake City.
Charleston, South Carolina
This city may not only be one of the best US cities to live in, but also worldwide. In fact, an average of 33 people move to the city every day. Clearly, Charleston has something going for it.
The perks include festive nightlife, a city oozing history, a booming job market and economy, great tropical weather, and beaches. What more could you want? Its cultural scene is also exploding like its culinary industry. And just when you think it couldn’t get better, it also has some of the top schools in the country.
Like most of Texas, Dallas has seen an increase in immigration in the last few years. Thanks to individuals from the rest of the USA and foreigners moving to Dallas, its economy is booming as well as its diversity.
It is one of the most populous metropolises in the USA. Other large cities may offer the same cultural diversity in film, music, and entertainment, but Dallas is on the more affordable side, with its median rent being $1598 which is above the national average.
Colorado Springs, Colorado
It is only expected that another Colorado city makes the count. Colorado Springs, the state’s namesake, would certainly make the count. This city is a popular holiday destination but now it is seeing an increase in immigration.
It must be doing something right. According to Real Estate – US News, the city ranks as the second-best place to live in the country and in 2022 was voted as the most desirable city to live in. One of the major draws of Colorado Springs is its scenery – a beautiful mountainous backdrop.
Spartanburg, South Carolina
No matter what you are looking for in a city, Spartanburg has it. Of course, it doesn’t have Greek soldiers on a mountain, but it has everything else.
This city feels more like a big suburb completed with numerous parks and woodland trails like the Hatcher Garden and Woodland Preserve. Known as Hub City since the Civil War, Spartanburg’s downtown area lives up to its nickname acting like the hub of the city. The locals are friendly and the city also has lower crime rates.
Morrisville, North Carolina
Named after Jeremiah Morris, who invested much into the city’s infrastructure, Morrisville is steeped in history. It was the site of one of the Civil Wars, the Battle of Morrisville, so anyone into history will find Morrisville charming. That being said, the city’s amenities have been brought up to speed with the modern era.
There are plenty of parks, coffee shops, restaurants, and golf courses. If you are looking for a more laid-back city, then Morrisville will be ideal. It has quiet streets and low crime rates.
One of the first things you will love about Omaha is the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge which straddles the massive Missouri River. Since it is a pedestrian bridge, it is one of the city’s hotspots.
Other hotspots include the Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium, which is one of the best worldwide. Residents here enjoy a great outdoor scene that comes with a low cost of living. If the outdoors is not your thing and you are looking for good entertainment, you might enjoy Omaha’s nightlife and music culture.
Mount Vernon, Iowa
Technically, Mount Vernon is a city but its population only numbers 4460 so it can either be called a town or a very small city. Regardless of its size, Mount Vernon is one of the best places in the USA.
In about 1838, a group of Czech pilgrims discovered the area and settled there thanks to its fertile soil. The city offers residents picturesque scenery of rolling hills and plenty of greenery. Those who would love to go back to the past would find Mount Vernon the perfect place as there are three historical districts.
There are two states which seem to be home to many of the entries here and Florida is one of those two states. Like many of the cities located in the Gulf of Mexico, Pensacola beaches are stunning with their white sand and crystalline waters. Pensacola Bay offers some of the most sublime seascapes.
Pensacola is also known for its naval Air Station and for being the home to the “Blue Angels” – the US Navy’s Flight Squadron who regularly do demonstrations. It is also home to 53,678 residents who like to have fun in the sun.
Not to be confused with Madison, Wisconsin – which is another great place to live in the USA – Madison, Alabama regularly makes the lists celebrating the state’s quality of life. “US News & Weekly Report” ranked it in the top ten of best cities and CNN Money also nominated the city in its “Top 100 Best Places to live”.
Built on a narrow strip of land between Mendota and Monona lakes, Madison offers its residents plenty of outdoor choices. You will run out of time before you run out of things to do.
Minneapolis—St. Paul, Minnesota
If you are not a fan of the cold, then St. Paul is probably not for you. However, if you can look past the freezing temperatures, then you will find this Minnesota city the perfect blend of rural and urban life.
Together with Minneapolis, the capital St. Paul forms the “Twin Cities”. Between these two cities, there is plenty on offer including tons of bars, restaurants, and coffee shops. The Mississippi River intersects the two providing easy access from one twin to the other.
Technically it is not a city but a suburb of Baton Rouge. Nonetheless, 33,228 people call Prairieville their home, so it is on par with other medium-sized cities. Though a suburb, Prairieville is regularly named one of the best US places to live in.
Despite it being safe and having a great public school, Prairieville is on the more affordable side. The median rent price is $1188 making it below the national average. While it is considered a suburb, this section is developing its own vibrant nightlife.
It is hard not to see where this city takes its name from. As the namesake of the 16th US president, this city does a fair job of memorializing one of the USA’s most noteworthy presidents. Lincoln is the capital of Nebraska and serves as the cultural capital of the state. Some of the major draws include a robust economy and a low unemployment rate.
Individuals seeking jobs in insurance, healthcare, and manufacturing will have plenty of job opportunities. In fact, there is an abundance of jobs all around. In 2015, the city was ranked the best for job opportunities.
It doesn’t get better than this New England town. This quaint city might not be for everyone as it is a bit colder, however, if you love cooler temperatures, then there is no better place to be than Norwich during fall.
The landscape really comes to life during this season. There are valleys and forests to explore so if natural beauty is high on your list, then Norwich would do well for you. Lovers of organic, farm-fresh food, will salivate over Norwich. The best produce is within range for you.
Cape Elizabeth, Maine
Situated on Dyer Cove, Cape Elizabeth, with its iconic lighthouse, is a small town in Maine. The town got its name from King Charles I’s sister, Elizabeth of Bohemia. Its landscape is composed of rugged coastlines, sandy beaches, and green pockets. If you are looking for a tranquil place to settle, Cape Elizabeth might just do. Its population numbers about 9300.
Naturally, it tends to be a laidback town. There are many pros to Cape Elizabeth. You have the sea, and plenty of outdoor activities, and Portland is a short enough ride if you want to let your proverbial hair down.
This Tennessee city’s reputation precedes it. Nashville, known as the “capital of country music”, unsurprisingly has a thriving music scene. Of course, there is lots of country music, but there is also a lot of pop and rock around there.
It is not only its music scene that makes Nashville a hit – if you would excuse the pun – but when it comes to entertainment, sport, outdoor activities, and good food, you can find them all in Nashville. Another bonus is that the cost of living in the town is below the national average.
This Georgian city has all the sought-after features of a city: restaurants, coffee shops, museums, and outdoor activities. Decatur has all of these but for a way better price, which is below the national average.
That doesn’t mean that it is in some isolated spot, though. It is approximately 6 miles from the state capitol, Atlanta. There are also plenty of museums if you are a lover of history, including Abraham Lincoln’s first home as well as Transfer House, a relic from former times when there were electric streetcars.
This is one of many Florida locations on our list. Tampa is one of the more well-known locations in fabulous Florida. This city, like most of those in the Sunshine State, offers that perfect blend of city and holiday. There is plenty of sunshine, fresh salty air, sparkling water, and white sand. At the same time, it also has raving nightlife. Plus, living in Tampa means you will get lots of exercise.
One interesting element of Tampa is that housing is much lower than the national average. Utilities, on the other hand, are above the national average.
There must be something to the name “Madison”, as this list has several of them. Perhaps, all you need to do is call your city this name and it is bound to rank as one of the best. The fourth US president, James Madison, grew up in this southern town, and during the mid-19th century it became a boomtown.
Two of the major draws of Madison are that it is a safe city, and it has an excellent schooling system. It does come at a price because the median rent price is $1549, meaning it is above the national average.
There is a city that everyone can call home. And if you are a horse lover, then Lexington, Kentucky is the city for you. Known as the “horse capital of the world”, you will find horse farms, thoroughbred racetracks, and horse-riding schools. Unsurprisingly it also has an international horse museum, so you can see these folk are a bit horsey.
That being said, Lexington even has something for non-horsey types like Lake Fontaine, an aviation museum, the Mary Todd Lincoln Museum, the Waveland Historic site, the Arboretum State Botanical Garden of Kentucky, and a Roman-styled gatehouse.
This Florida city has a special place in many people’s hearts. You can tell from the different nicknames the city has acquired including “the Magic City” and “Gateway to the Americas”.
Thanks to its unique position at the tail of the southeast and the state of Florida, Miami has warm weather, crystalline waters, and a strong Spanish culture. Since it is a one-hour flight from Cuba, it has attracted many Cubans but also central and southern Americans – little wonder it is called “Gateway to the Americas”.
This inland city is not only the capital of its state but also the live music capital of the world. If you love live music, there is no better place than Austin. This city has a lot of things going for it. The city’s motto “Keep Austin Weird” is a testament to how the locals like it. Downtown you can find annual festivals and indie stores.
In 2006, “Money” magazine named Austin as the second-best big city. The best part of Austin is that it is on the more affordable side – the median rent is $1059, below the national average.
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Situated at the epicenter of the Grand Strand – 60 miles of sandy beaches and deep blue waters – you find Myrtle Beach. In other words, there is no shortage of beaches in this part of the world. That’s not all that Myrtle Beach offers — there is an aquarium, theatres, over 500 annual art events, and even a pirate show! Little over 20 million people flock over here every year.
Unbelievably, the city’s cost of living is below the national average. No wonder Myrtle Beach picked up the unflattering-yet-flattering nickname, “The Redneck Riviera”.
Thanks to its population of about 200 people, the city’s homepage was not lying when it said they offer you small-town charm. Without a doubt, you will get plenty of small-town vibes and tranquillity in Rocheport.
The city got its name from a French emissary, insisting that it was called Rocheport which means “rocky port”. Located close to the Missouri River and with Moniteau Creek passing by Rocheport, the city offers residents scenic views. Considering that it is only 14 miles from Columbia, you can always head over to Columbia for a break from the small-town charm.
Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania
This city was founded in 1818 and was known by another name — Mauch Chunk. In 1954, the name was changed to Jim Thorpe to pay homage to the American athlete who won at the Olympic Games. This town or borough is home to about 4,500 people.
It is also known as the “the Switzerland of America”, giving you a clue of what makes this town so attractive. There is so much to explore near the town including the Lehigh Gorge State Park and Mauch Chunk Lake Park, but even the town itself has so much to offer its folk.
The first question one will ask themselves when visiting this Texas city is, “Where is everyone?” The answer is underground. Houston has an extensive tunnel system. Covering 95 city blocks, the system of underground tunnels connects various parts of the city, meaning that on a hot day, the city’s got you covered – literally.
The one major downside of Houston is the hot weather, but there are so many good points to this city. You don’t pay income tax and you can enjoy a low cost of living. In fact, the city has the second-lowest cost of living of all US metro areas.
This city has often been named “the most liveable city”. It is also called “the Queen of the Rockies” and its surrounding area, the “valley of flowers”. This gives you some idea of what makes Bozeman so liveable. It is set in a fertile piece of land, has a view of the Rockies, and the Bozeman Creek flows through it.
Since there is so much to do like flyfishing, mountain climbing, and skiing, Bozeman is perfect for nature enthusiasts. It is also relatively close to Yellowstone Mountain Park – relatively close being 154 miles.
Set in the Great Plains Region, Chadron was once an outpost for fur trading in 1841. Every year in July, Chadron celebrates its legacy with the annual event, “Fur Trade Days”. Home to roughly 5,200 people, the city is sparsely populated, offering its residents small-town vibes. There are some nature reserves in close proximity for anyone with a penchant for the outdoors.
The city’s cost of living may be higher than the rest of Nebraska, but it is lower than the rest of the country. And if you are a fur-trade enthusiast, there is always the Museum of Fur Trade.
Princeton, New Jersey
There is often so much said about the prestige of Princeton University that often its town is overlooked. And it is a pity that is the case. The town or borough, of Princeton, is a great place to live especially for those looking for a lively downtown scene.
One of the main reasons for this is that it is a college town. So, if you like rowdy bars and lots of college events, then you will enjoy this town. However, it is on the more expensive side, with housing, utilities, and groceries being above the national average.
Yellow Springs, Ohio
This town or town-sized village in Greene County is one of Ohio’s finest cities. Yellow Springs is known for its local folk – individuals who abide by hippie culture. Many of them are retirees, as the pace of life is best for those who like things slow.
The cost of living is somewhat in between as housing is expensive but utilities are below the national average. One of the main attractions is unsurprisingly the Yellow Spring. Even if the hippie culture isn’t for you, you should check out the Yellow Spring and Glen Helen Nature Preserve.
West Hartford, Connecticut
Located just outside of the state capitol, Hartford, from which it takes its name, West Hartford is becoming a popular affluent area. Two of the major draws are the University of Saint Joseph and the University of Hartford. West Hartford blends suburban life with business districts, meaning that it is easy to find a school, job opportunities, and somewhere to live.
Unsurprisingly, about 63,000 people live in this town. As we warned, this is an affluent town. That means the living costs are above the national average.
Located in the northern peninsula of Michigan and facing the US-Canada border, you find one of the state’s best cities to live in. What initially drew Amerindians was copper. This commodity soon drew Finnish and British settlers. For individuals who like colder temperatures – and we mean really like colder temperatures – you will find Houghton is a perfect choice.
The city’s humidity prolongs the winters for a third of the year. Much of the city is built around the Keweenaw Waterway meaning that there is plenty to do in terms of water activities.
Meredith, New Hampshire
This small town has received much approval for being one of the best places to live both in New Hampshire and the USA. What makes this town special is that it is in the vicinity of nine lakes including Lake Wicwas, Lake Winnisquam, Lake Wauke, and its feature lake that makes up Meredith Bay, Lake Winnipesaukee.
It is not just the lakes that are stunning but the landscape is dotted with belts of trees. That being said, like many of the New England states, it might break the bank a bit to stay in this town with its sublime landscapes.
This is a popular retreat for many individuals from Chicago. On the flip side, it means that living in Galena provides you with easy access to the big city. There are a couple of standout features of Galena. First, it is hilly. Second, it is a time capsule of the 19th century, since the likes of Stephen Douglas, Abraham Lincoln, and Ulysses S. Grant lived in the city.
Third, its wildlife is composed of some dangerous beauties like cougars, timber wolves, and black bears. So, if you’re planning on doing some exploring, remember you are in bear territory.
Regardless of the state, it just seems that cities named Madison are a good place to live – including in the state of Georgia. This small town is about an hour’s drive from the capital, Atlanta.
This small town has received numerous awards for being a great place to live. One thing that is unique about this small town is its devotion to former US presidents and leaders. Many of the streets were named commemorating these figures.
Not to be confused with its namesake in Tennessee, Nashville Indiana is not known for its country music but rather its devotion to art and artists. It is expected as the city acts as the center of the Brown Art Colony, which goes back way to 1907. One of the most prominent figures in that scene was T.C. Steele, an impressionist painter from the previous century. Thus, Nashville is the perfect haven for artists.
The town also has a number of wineries and a distillery and is in range of the Yellowwood State Forest and Brown County State Park.
Fargo, North Dakota
You have probably heard the name. Most likely, you heard it from the stellar Coen Brother’s film, “Fargo” or the series released much later with the same name. While the movie was not filmed in the city, it did put it on many people’s radars.
Home to nearly 27,000 people, the city offers its residents a big city feel with numerous amenities like the Red River Zoo and plenty of parks throughout the city. No matter what cuisine you want to indulge in you will find it in Fargo. Indian? No problem. Mongolian? Easy peasy.
Not to be confused with the Portuguese island with the same name, this Madeira is a small town in Hamilton County, Ohio. It has a population just short of 10,000. There is a distinct small-town charm to this city, and you can get everything you expect a town to have: coffee shops, restaurants, bars, and parks.
If you would like life at a slower pace but do not want to be cut off from other major points in Ohio, Madeira would be a good option.
AKA “Valley of the Sun” or simply “the Valley,” tells you one thing you can expect about living in Arizona’s capital city, Phoenix – plenty of sun. The great weather, low cost of living, abundance of job opportunities, and outdoor attractions make Phoenix a great place to settle in.
After the Civil War, a group of settlers saw the city’s farming potential and gave it the name “Phoenix”. They were not wrong. After the canal system was built, Phoenix became the most populated city in the state and remains a popular attraction for visitors.
This town was named after one of the Founding Fathers, Henry Knox. The city has plenty of pros: great weather, a foodie culture, and a low cost of living. There is also plenty to do in terms of entertainment including going to a football game, enjoying the exciting nightlife, and visiting historical attractions.
The city is safe when it comes to natural disasters, which means that very few tornadoes or floods strike here. Unfortunately, while Mother Nature is usually chill with the place, its crime rate is quite high.
During the late 19th century, the Santa Fe Railway was constructed, and Edmond served as a water and coal outpost for this line. Since then, Edmond has grown as one of the key cities in Oklahoma and is considered the “Crown Jewel” of the state. The city has an excellent education system, a strong golf culture, a developed public art scene, and great dining options.
It is one of the safest cities in the state too – except when speaking about tornadoes. Apparently, tornadoes are frequent visitors. However, if you don’t mind a bit of strong wind, perhaps, consider settling in Edmond.
Fort Myers, Florida
Home to a little over 92,000 people, Fort Myers is considered the gateway to southwest Florida. The city started as a trading outpost during the late 19th century.
Until recently, the city remained that way but now it has seen a boom in its industry and economy as manufacturing and IT have moved operations to Fort Myers. It has great weather all year round and plenty of outdoor adventures awaiting both residents and tourists.
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Back in 1913, two neighborhoods called Winston and Salem joined together, giving rise to Winston-Salem. Also known as “Camel City”, because of a famous cigarette brand, Winston-Salem has a developed tobacco industry.
There are some major draws to living in this city. They include a lower cost of living (especially housing), and being in close proximity to other major cities like Charlotte. Since Wake Forest University is based here, you will also find that Winston-Salem has a student culture.
This Colorado city hits a home run as one of the best cities in the USA. In fact, in the late 19th century, Leadville almost took the lead – mind the pun – in the state. Only Denver had a larger population.
Silver was discovered in this region during the Gold Rush, and a town popped up. Now, there are many Victorian buildings in the town, giving its residents a feel for former times during Leadville’s heyday. If you are looking for a cooler climate and Victorian history, Leadville should head up your list.
Magnolia Springs, Alabama
No town quite does magnolia like Magnolia Springs. Just so you know — it's the locals who put the tree in their town name. In Mongolia Springs, you will certainly find magnolia trees, lining the roads, but the true pride is the Magnolia River, which passes right by the town and which you will have plenty of glimpses of.
There is not much to do in the town per se, but it is 7 miles from the beach. And there are beautiful walkways weaving through Magnolia Springs' greenbelt.
If you like colder temperatures, fishing, wildlife, and the most beautiful landscapes, then you should start planning your trip to Sitka. And when we said beautiful landscapes, we weren’t overstating this aspect. On the one hand, you see lush grass and mountains for miles. On the other hand, the landscape is dotted with serene lakes.
Finally, there is the ocean itself, forming part of the Bering Strait. The landscape is striking and something you will probably never get used to. Fortunately, there is an abundance of outdoor activities to do to give you the perfect excuse to indulge.
Deadwood, South Dakota
This name does not do this town justice unless you are into deadly things. In that case, then you should probably visit the town. To say the city had a bit of a bloody past is an understatement. During the gold rush, the city became a hotspot for crime, and interestingly still became a prosperous city by the end of the 19th century.
Today the whole town is a National Historic Landmark. The former 19th-century colony has mostly been preserved making the name “Deadwood” appropriate in more than one way.
Once this city was called the dirtiest city in the USA and since then it has acquired the nicknames “Scenic City” and “River City”. It has left its dirty reputation behind and cleaned up pretty well. The origins of the name “Chattanooga” is not known completely but it was called after a lookout point on the obviously named Lookout Mountain.
The city has had some rough areas, but it has mostly been cleaned up and residents can enjoy an outdoor lifestyle for an inexpensive price.
Port St. Lucie, Florida
Just 10 miles from the beach, you have no excuse not to be a beach bum, especially with the good weather in Port St. Lucie. Set on the eastern side of the Florida peninsula, Port. St. Lucie is home to about 217,000 people.
The residents of Port St. Lucie really have it good. Numerous waterways have been built into the city and the St. Lucie River intersects the city. The best part of Port St. Lucie is that it is on the more affordable side.
This city’s reputation precedes it. Carmel-by-the-Sea is a popular stop for tourists traveling from San Francisco to Los Angeles. And most would not be disappointed by the pitstop. This city, home to a little over 3000 individuals, is the ideal small city by the beach.
Carmel Beach is stunning offering residents white sand and sparkling waters. The city has everything from parks to coffee shops, restaurants, and bars. With such a small population, you will have to ask why. Well, it is not the most pocket-friendly place in the USA.