Top 10 Places to Live in the US

Top 10 Places to Live in the US

According to an article published by, these are the top 10 places to live in America. We've broken them down for you (along with our own thoughts). What do you think? Any cities that missed Livability and's list?

10 | Bismarck, North Dakota
The OTHER Bismarck. According to Trip Advisor, the top things to do in Bismarck include the ND Heritage Center & State Museum, Laughing Sun Brewing Co., and the Superslide Amusement Park. Sounds pretty good to us!

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9 | Overland Park, Kansas
We have to admit, we didn't know that Overland Park was the second-most populous city in Kansas. To quote Visit Overland Park, "Whether with the kids or your sweetheart, Overland Park is your family's gateway to the Kansas City experience." 

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8 | Madison, Wisconsin
Madison has been a staple on Livability's list for a few years now. The capital city of Wisconsin plays home to a vibrant culture, a thriving college population, little poverty and a haven for cyclists, as long as those midwest winters don't bother you! 

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7 | Palo Alto, California
Ah, the sunshine city (according to Estately, who reports that "it's always sunny in Palo Alto"). Palo Alto is home to Facebook, Google, and Hewlett Packard, as well as Stanford University. We can dig it.

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6 | Bellevue, Washington
Bellevue boasts a taco truck that tops lists of the best eats in town, as well as a thriving housing market and Lake Washington to boot. Not to mention the Olympic and Cascade mountains in the backdrop. At the very least, your Insta photos will be on point.

5 | Charlottesville, Virginia
Home of the University of Virginia and Thomas Jefferson's Monticello, Charlottesville offers mountain scenery, scores of wineries, and of course, history. Plus, who can argue with a town that offers a fried chicken biscuit dressed with sausage gravy and pimento cheese? 

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4 | Olympia, Washington
Located south of Seattle and Tacoma, Olympia (Washington's capital city) boasts quick access to the Puget Sound, Mount Rainier National Park, Turnwater Falls Park, Nisqually National Wildlife Reserve, and more. Another one that was tailor-made for Instagram.

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3 | Ann Arbor, Michigan
Ann Arbor is home to a thriving craft beer industry, as well as a rocking music scene. Oh, did we mention it's also the home of the University of Michigan? They never look like they have any fun.

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2 | Iowa City, Iowa
Besides boasting an intense sports-loving population (loving Iowa City's Hawkeyes is considered a religion, according to, Iowa City was named the third United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) City of Literature, following Edinburgh, Scotland and Melbourne, Australia. Not to mention their thriving wind power industry. Being well-rounded is just an added perk.

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1 | Rochester, Minnesota
No, this isn't the Rochester that gave us Wegmans. Rochester, MN is home to the first Mayo Clinic and a "thriving art and music scene," according to Livability. Just an hour away from Minneapolis, Rochester is also home to The University of Minnesota-Rochester and the Quarry Hill Nature Center, which Livability calls "an outdoor lover's dream." 

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Any hometowns we missed that you think should be on the list? Let us know in the comments! 

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