50 Best Places to Live in the United States
Home is where the heart—and the affordable houses and the best jobs—are. From the cities with the most stunning scenery to those with booming economies, these are the 50 best places to live in the United States according to U.S. News and World Report.
Fort Wayne, Indiana
No pro sports teams, no problem! Fort Wayne was declared the best city for minor league sports in the country, which is best enjoyed with a side of the town’s notoriously juicy ribs. And come the weekend, you’ll have your pick of Sunday morning services to attend—Fort Wayne, also known as the City of Churches, has over 360 to choose from and one of the highest concentrations of religious people in the country.
While Cincinnati is headquarters for nine Fortune 500 companies (including Procter & Gamble and Kroger Co.), big business isn’t the only thing booming in the Ohio city. It’s also experiencing a resurgence of culture and revamped neighborhoods, like the uber trendy Over the Rhine, which was once a run-down area that has been transformed into a hip hub of shopping, upscale living, and acclaimed eateries.
Rush hour begone! In Indianapolis, which was ranked one of the 20 best cities for commuters by Forbes, you’re never more than 25 minutes from the center of downtown. It isn’t just easy to get around Indianapolis itself—it’s also easy to get out of for a quick day trip. The “Crossroads of America” is the hub of several major interstates connecting you to St. Louis, Chicago, Nashville, and more.
Not only is Pensacola home to the U.S. Naval Air Station (making it a draw for military families and government employees), it’s also home to some of the most stunning natural scenery, from white sandy beaches to crystal clear waters to Spanish moss-lined streets. Ready to plan your own fun-in-the-sun vacay? These are the 12 best beaches in America.
This California city is like the Goldilocks of weather: not too hot, not too cold. With the most “pleasant” days per year than any other city (San Diego has 261 days of sunshine and temperatures between 55 and 75 degrees F), it’s one of the most temperate places in the United States, so you’ll be able to enjoy its beautiful beaches and scenic hiking trails along the coast. San Diego was also named one of our 15 most affordable summer getaways for families.
Fort Myers, Florida
With the highest migration rate in the country at 12 percent, more people than ever are flocking to Fort Myers, the beachside town on the Gulf of Mexico. And its increasing popularity has also earned it the title of America’s number one growing city, making it a great location for entrepreneurs and small business owners alike.
The deliciousness that is authentic Tex-Mex cuisine, the vibrant history, the gorgeous River Walk… there are plenty of reasons to love San Antonio. But perhaps the biggest perk is that Texas is one of the few states that doesn’t collect income tax so you’ll be taking home more money at the end of the day. If you just want to visit, good news: San Antonio is one of the 11 most affordable U.S. cities to add to your travel bucket list.
Reno’s self-proclaimed nickname, the “Biggest Little City in the World,” says it all. Because along with a close-knit community, you’ll be neighbors to tech giants like Tesla and Google who both have moved into Reno’s booming industrial area. Quickly becoming Nevada’s own Silicon Valley, Reno has benefitted from the digital boom, pushing its unemployment rate to the lowest in the entire state.
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If it’s good enough for Warren Buffett, it’s good enough for anyone, right? The billionaire grew up in Omaha, which has often been named one of the most affordable cities in the United States. In fact, a Yahoo Finance study found that when comparing the cost of living to the average salary, Omaha residents keep more than 71 percent of their income in their pockets. To save even more, move to one of these 10 cities with the lowest cost of living.
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
“The City of Arts and Innovation” has been one of North Carolina’s most progressive metropolitan areas over the past few years due to its revitalized Innovation Quarter featuring the state’s top biomedical research and technology park. And with historic Old Salem and art galleries galore, the walkable downtown area even landed on Forbes‘ list of the 14 best places to travel in the United States in 2019.