- Niche recently released its list of the best cities to live in America in 2019.
- To create its ranking, the site looks at key factors like local schools and housing trends, as well as thousands of community reviews.
- According to Niche, Arlington, Virginia, is the number one best city to live in this year.
- Ann Arbor, Michigan, and Berkeley, California round out the top three spots on Niche’s list.
- Several towns in Texas and California are among the US‘ top 50 most livable cities, according to Niche.
Niche has released its annual list of the best cities to live in America.
To create its ranking, the site researches neighbourhoods in the US, looking at several key factors including the quality of local schools, housing trends, employment statistics, crime rates, access to amenities, and more. Niche also takes into account thousands of reviews from residents in areas across the country.
Below, check out the 50 most livable cities of 2019 and why residents love living there, according to Niche.
You can read more about Niche’s methodology for ranking cities here.
50. Portland, Oregon
According to Niche, Portland is known for its laid-back, friendly residents; proximity to beautiful mountains and the Pacific Ocean; and rich arts and culture scene.
49. Salt Lake City, Utah
48. Denton, Texas
Located just outside of Dallas, Denton offers residents a suburban feel and lots of bars and parks to frequent, according to Niche.
47. Boise, Idaho
According to Niche, the capital of Idaho is known for its kind residents, scenic location, sustainability, and affordability.
46. Pasadena, California
Known as the home of the Norton Simon Museum, the Rose Bowl, and the characters of CBS’ “Big Bang Theory,” Pasadena is an urban oasis located just northeast of Los Angeles proper.
45. San Diego, California
From its beautiful beaches to its world-renowned zoo, San Diego, California, is a slice of paradise located just miles north of Mexico.
44. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Known as the Steel City, Pittsburgh is known for its competitive sports franchises, good food, and roughly 450 bridges.
43. St. Paul, Minnesota
With its plethora of bars, restaurants, parks, and coffee shops,St. Paul, Minnesota, has become a popular landing spot amongst young professionals and families.
42. Huntsville, Alabama
Niche users describe Huntsville as family-friendly and diverse, with bustling shopping and arts centres.
41. Gainesville, Florida
40. Lexington, Kentucky
39. Tampa, Florida
In addition to being one of the best cities to live in in America, Tampa, Florida, is also one of the most diverse cities in the country and one of the best in which to retire, according to Niche.
38. Charleston, South Carolina
According to Niche, Charleston has something for everyone whether you’re a history buff, outdoor enthusiast, foodie, or young professional.
37. Irving, Texas
Located just outside of Dallas, Irving, Texas, boasts suburban charm with front-row access to the big city.
36. Tempe, Arizona
Residents of Tempe, Arizona, describe their city as an ideal college town, complete with late-night eateries, shopping areas, and cultural excursions.
35. Charlotte, North Carolina
As North Carolina’s most populous city, Charlotte is burgeoning with new jobs, restaurants, parks, and things to do.
34. Fort Collins, Colorado
Like in many other areas in Colorado, residents of Fort Collins face no shortage of options in terms of outdoor recreational activities. Add that to Fort Collins’ college town feel and you’ll begin to understand the city’s widespread appeal.
33. Washington, DC
Unsurprisingly, the nation’s capital is full of fantastic museums, world-famous monuments, and beautiful parks for residents to enjoy. Plus, the city’s food and entertainment scene ranks amongst the best in the nation as well.
32. Lincoln, Nebraska
The capital of Nebraska stands out thanks to its small-town feel, public facilities, and growing job market.
31. Omaha, Nebraska
Residents will tell you that Omaha, Nebraska, is the perfect respite for those who seek the excitement and entertainment of a city without the hustle and bustle of the country’s most populous destinations.
30. Scottsdale, Arizona
Scottsdale residents say they love the city’s culturally diverse food scene, abundance of parks and hiking trails, and proximity to metro areas like Phoenix, Arizona.
29. College Station, Texas
Home of Texas A&M, College Station, Texas, is a quintessential college town where game days are electric and food and entertainment abound.
28. Santa Clara, California
Located at the southern tip of the San Francisco Bay, Santa Clara offers residents access to the big city with the charm and familiarity of a large town.
27. Torrance, California
Torrance, California, sits on the coast directly south of Los Angeles. Residents have access to all of the perks of the big city while also living within a 10-minute drive of stunning beaches, luxury shopping malls, and a diverse variety of restaurants.
26. Columbia, Missouri
Home to the University of Missouri, Columbia is a charming college town that has a bustling food scene, great public schools, and an excellent public transportation system.
25. Alexandria, Virginia
Alexandria, Virginia, is a popular DC suburb that has grown into a city of its own. Residents love the city’s quaint atmosphere and location, according to Niche.
24. Minneapolis, Minnesota
As one half of Minnesota’s twin cities, Minneapolis offers residents two different metropolises for the price of one. Residents say it’s a green, beautiful city with lots to offer anyone looking for Midwestern charm, according to Niche.
23. Sandy Springs, Georgia
Part of the Atlanta metro area, Sandy Springs is a safe neighbourhood with good schools and friendly residents, according to Niche.
22. Rochester, Minnesota
Rochester residents say the town offers citywide bike and pedestrian trails, world-class healthcare at the Mayo Clinic, great schools, and safe neighbourhoods.
21. Carlsbad, California
A quaint, suburban town, Carlsbad, California, sits between Los Angeles and San Diego. With local shops and eateries and gorgeous beaches to boot, residents love living in this seaside oasis,per Niche.
20. Austin, Texas
Texas’s capital city has a “cool factor” unmatched by the state’s other population centres. With tons of parks, cultural excursions, and quality restaurants, Austin has finally landed on people’s radars around the country in recent years.
19. Round Rock, Texas
A suburb of Austin, Round Rock, Texas, is a great place to live for growing families, according to reviews on Niche.
18. Boulder, Colorado
Nestled in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Boulder is known for its breathtaking views, outdoor offerings, and young, laid-back residents.
17. Sunnyvale, California
Yet another Bay Area town on this list, Sunnyvale, California, sets itself apart from the pack with its weekly farmer’s markets, funky restaurants and stores, and overall small-town feel,per Niche.
16. Madison, Wisconsin
According to US News & World Report, Madison has thriving healthcare, information technology, and manufacturing industries. The city also offers ample opportunities to explore the outdoors, try new foods, and frequent local businesses.
15. San Francisco, California
San Francisco, California, is home to a bustling nightlife, top-rated restaurants, one of the country’s most impressive theatre districts, and all of the other perks that come with a major metropolis.
14. Seattle, Washington
Residents of Seattle, Washington, love the city’s beautiful scenery and “small-town, big-city” feel, according to Niche.
13. Raleigh, North Carolina
Raleigh residents say the city has highly-rated public schools; numerous restaurants, coffee shops, and parks; and ample job opportunities.
12. Richardson, Texas
According to Niche, Richardson, Texas, is a family-friendly suburb of Dallas with beautiful parks and highly-rated schools.
11. Irvine, California
Home to top-tier school districts, high-quality restaurants, and tree-lined streets, Irvine, California is one of Southern California’s best towns, per Niche.
10. Bellevue, Washington
Not only is Bellevue picturesque, but it’s also diverse, clean, and safe, according to Niche. Young families can take advantage of the city’s great public schools and parks while millennials will enjoy the nightlife, food, and shopping centres.
9. Cambridge, Massachusetts
Cambridge is home to two of the world’s most prestigious universities: Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
The quaint city is also known for its booming startup scene, educated and diverse community, and focus on clean, healthy living.
8. Columbia, Maryland
Columbia residents say the city is quiet, family-oriented, and safe, but it’s also close to major metro areas like Baltimore and Washington, DC.
7. Overland Park, Kansas
Overland Park offers excellent schools, safe neighbourhoods, and affordable amenities, according to Niche.
Residents also love the city’s proximity to major metro areas like Kansas City, Missouri, where they can visit museums, attend concerts, enjoy the nightlife, and more.
6. Naperville, Illinois
5. Plano, Texas
One of many Dallas suburbs to make Niche’s list, Plano, Texas, is a safe, diverse city filled with well-regarded restaurants, bilingual schools, and plenty of things to do for families.
4. The Woodlands, Texas
Located near the Houston metro area, The Woodlands is an award-winning master-planned community. Niche lists the lush town as the second-best city to raise a family and the third-best city to buy a house in the US.
3. Berkeley, California
2. Ann Arbor, Michigan
Home to the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor has a reputation for being a vibrant college town but the city also has much to offer in terms of food, music, art, and the outdoors.
1. Arlington, Virginia
Located across the Potomac River from Washington, DC, Arlington County is a great choice for young professionals who prefer a quick commute over a more crowded city. The area has several diverse neighbourhoods with excellent schools, food, and shopping, according to Niche.
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