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The 50 Best Cities to Live in the US

Updated on June 27, 2024

These are the top American cities for 2024/2025 with the best quality of life says U.S. News & World Report.

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Best Places to Live in the United States

U.S. News & World Report bases its Best Places to Live in the U.S. on a host of factors: the local job market, housing affordability, quality of life, the desirability of living in that area for non-residents, and the area's appeal in actually attracting new residents. Looking for a new city to call home, or wondering if your city made the list? Read on to reveal the top places to live across the country, including the fast-growing southeastern city pictured above that comes in at number 5.

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1. Naples, Florida

This Florida city offers everything you'd expect from a Gulf of Mexico waterfront destination. The biggest dilemma when chilling on the pearly white sands in Naples is which way to look. On one side are the rolling waves, and on the other are the gleaming mansions that make up Millionaires' Row. But more than beaches, Naples offers top-notch dining and shopping, beautiful golf courses and many features that make this an oasis for retirees escaping wintry climates.

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2. Boise, Idaho

Offering the best of both city life and natural beauty, Boise boasts a bustling downtown and stunning mountains, lakes and even deserts surrounding plentiful dining and cultural options.

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3. Colorado Springs, Colorado

Nationally ranked colleges, military bases and a combination of low cost of living and low unemployment make Colorado Springs a thriving destination for residents, who can also enjoy proximity to great skiing.

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