Making Moves: America’s Top Places to Live
We’ve traveled near and far to find you the top places to live in America. See what we’ve discovered.
If you’re in the market to move, America truly is the great land of opportunity, but which corners of the country offer up the most to look forward to in 2016? Sit back, relax, and explore the best cities to live in the good ol’ US of A.
What makes a city a great place to call home? Is it the location? The people? The quality of life? According to our friends over at Livability.com, it’s that and much, much more. With these factors in mind, these ten cities round out the Top Places to live in 2016.
10. Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Median Household Income: $51,672
Median Home Price: $152,200
As the largest city in South Dakota, Sioux Falls walks the line between small town and urban oasis. Surrounded by the Cascades and sliced through by waterfalls, the city boasts over 70 parks and green-ways along with some of the Midwest’s most vibrant examples of arts and culture. Summer festivals line the streets with live music, parades and sculpture walks, while hundreds of popular restaurants keep the local foodies well fed and ready for more. The city has also made substantial investments in higher education, healthcare and sporting events, all making it a solid, yet unexpected, choice for nearly any top 10 place to live.
9. Iowa City, Iowa
Median Household Income: $41,410
Median Home Price: $180,900
While the University of Iowa helps set the cultural tone, Iowa City is far from just a college town. Renowned as one of only seven international “Cities of Literature,” it’s a haven for readers, writers, and intellectuals of all sorts. In fact, its booming healthcare industry sports the highest concentration of doctors in the country. Football fan? Tailgate to your heart’s content as every game day, the whole town turns black and gold. And as if that weren’t enough, there are countless opportunities for interesting classes, out-of-the-box entertainment and top-notch shops and restaurants nearly everywhere you look.
8. Ann Arbor, Michigan
Median Household Income: $55,003
Median Home Price: $230,700
Home to the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor is known as one of the most liberal locales in the country and the town couldn’t be more proud of it. With endless restaurants, bookstores, art galleries, live music venues, performance halls and over 150 local parks, the entire concept of boredom has all but been forgotten. But that’s not to say it’s all about leisure and lifestyle. Ann Arbor is also known for its exemplary schools, strong job market and affordable housing costs for home buying.