Here Are The 150 Best Places To Live In America, U.S. News Says

Here Are The 150 Best Places To Live In America, U.S. News Says

ACROSS AMERICA — Strong job markets and high quality of life were the drivers for the top finishers in the the 2024-2025 Best Places to Live in the U.S., a new ranking released Tuesday by U.S. News & World Report.

Naples, Florida, topped the list with high performance in both of those key ratings, U.S. News said. A change in data collection, including a shift from metropolitan area-based data to city-based data — brought some new appearances in the top 25 from the Midwest and South.

“The incorporation of city-based data further localizes the Best Places to Live rankings, empowering those looking for a place to call home to consider factors directly impacting the livability and overall experiences associated with a given place,” Erika Giovanetti, a loans expert and reporter for U.S. News, said in a news release.

This year, U.S. News also adjusted its scoring weights for stronger considerations of a city’s value and job market.

“Rising concerns about career prospects, housing affordability and increased cost of goods and services are reflected in this year’s rankings,” Giovanetti said. “While quality of life remains the top priority for many Americans, a city’s value and job market are becoming increasingly important for those looking for a place to live.”

The top places to live in the United States, according to the U.S. News methodology, are:

  1. Naples, Florida
  2. Boise, Idaho
  3. Colorado Springs, Colorado
  4. Greenville, South Carolina
  5. Charlotte, North Carolina
  6. Raleigh, North Carolina
  7. Huntsville, Alabama
  8. Virginia Beach, Virginia
  9. Austin, Texas
  10. Boulder, Colorado
  11. Sarasota, Florida
  12. Green Bay, Wisconsin
  13. Charleston, South Carolina
  14. Madison, Wisconsin
  15. Lexington, Kentucky
  16. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  17. Asheville, North Carolina
  18. Omaha, Nebraska
  19. Ann Arbor, Michigan
  20. Fort Wayne, Indiana
  21. Fayetteville, Arkansas
  22. San Francisco, California
  23. Greensboro, North Carolina
  24. Lincoln, Nebraska
  25. South Bend, Indiana
  26. Hickory, North Carolina
  27. Chattanooga, Tennessee
  28. Seattle, Washington
  29. Knoxville, Tennessee
  30. Atlanta, Georgia
  31. Pensacola, Florida
  32. Honolulu, Hawaii
  33. Salt Lake City, Utah
  34. Buffalo, New York
  35. Tampa, Florida
  36. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  37. Fort Myers, Florida
  38. Portland, Maine
  39. Fort Collins, Colorado
  40. Denver, Colorado
  41. Portland, Oregon
  42. Louisville, Kentucky
  43. Davenport, Iowa
  44. Washington, D.C.
  45. Grand Rapids, Michigan
  46. San Diego, California
  47. Reno, Nevada
  48. McAllen, Texas
  49. Melbourne, Florida
  50. Nashville, Tennessee
  51. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
  52. Kansas City, Missouri
  53. Little Rock, Arkansas
  54. Montgomery, Alabama
  55. Des Moines, Iowa
  56. Jacksonville, Florida
  57. Albuquerque, New Mexico
  58. Springfield, Missouri
  59. Spartanburg, South Carolina
  60. Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  61. Columbus, Ohio,
  62. El Paso, Texas
  63. Tucson, Arizona
  64. Richmond, Virginia
  65. Spokane, Washington
  66. Indianapolis, Indiana
  67. Phoenix, Arizona
  68. Orlando, Florida
  69. Anchorage, Alaska
  70. San Jose, California
  71. Santa Barbara, California
  72. Wichita, Kansas
  73. Syracuse, New York
  74. Rochester, New York
  75. Tallahassee, Florida
  76. Tulsa Oklahoma
  77. Corpus Christi, Texas
  78. Ocala, Florida
  79. Lancaster, Pennsylvania
  80. Lakeland, Florida
  81. Albany, New York
  82. Peoria, Illinois
  83. Port St. Lucie, Florida
  84. Lafayette, Louisiana
  85. Augusta, Georgia
  86. Huntington, West Virginia
  87. Brownsville, Texas
  88. Boston, Massachusetts
  89. San Antonio, Texas
  90. Kalamazoo, Michigan
  91. Columbia, South Carolina
  92. Las Vegas, Nevada
  93. Scranton, Pennsylvania
  94. Minneapolis, Minnesota
  95. Dallas, Texas
  96. Daytona Beach, Florida
  97. Houston, Texas
  98. Toledo, Ohio
  99. Beaumont, Texas
  100. Cincinnati, Ohio
  101. Dayton, Ohio
  102. Mobile, Alabama
  103. Manchester, New Hampshire
  104. Lansing, Michigan
  105. Rockford, Illinois
  106. Savannah, Georgia
  107. Killeen, Texas
  108. Salem, Oregon
  109. Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
  110. Visalia, Florida
  111. Shreveport, Louisiana
  112. Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  113. Fayetteville, North Carolina
  114. St. Louis, Missouri
  115. Eugene, Oregon
  116. Sacramento, California
  117. Providence, Rhode Island
  118. Baltimore, Maryland
  119. Chicago, Illinois
  120. Jacksonville, Mississippi
  121. Bakersfield, California
  122. Memphis, Tennessee
  123. Miami, Florida
  124. New York, New York
  125. Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  126. Salisbury, Maryland
  127. Santa Rosa, California
  128. Allentown, Pennsylvania
  129. Birmingham, Alabama
  130. Los Angeles, California
  131. Fresno, California
  132. Youngstown, Ohio
  133. Salinas, California
  134. Gulfport, Mississippi
  135. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  136. Worchester, Massachusetts
  137. York, Pennsylvania
  138. Springfield, Massachusetts
  139. Modesto, California
  140. New Orleans, Louisiana
  141. Cleveland, Ohio
  142. Reading, Pennsylvania
  143. Vallejo, California
  144. Stockton, California
  145. Trenton, New Jersey
  146. Flint, Michigan
  147. New Haven, Connecticut
  148. Hartford, Connecticut
  149. Detroit, Michigan
  150. San Juan, Puerto Rico

U.S. News takes into consideration the city’s job market, value, quality of life and desirability. The measures were weighted in part based on a public survey of thousands of people to find out what qualities they think are important in deciding where to live.

The 2024-2025 Best Places to Live were determined based on a methodology that takes into account the city’s job market, value, quality of life and desirability. These measures were weighted in part based on a public survey of thousands of individuals throughout the U.S. to find what qualities they consider important in a place to live.

Data and information from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Federal Emergency Management Agency, U.S. Census Bureau, FBI, Sharecare, the Bureau of Labor Statistics and other U.S. News rankings were also used in the rankings.

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