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2023 10 Best Places to Live in the US

Posted by UC Social on October 19, 2023

If you are considering relocating or planning to find your forever home, there are certain places in the United States that stand out when it comes to quality of living.  You’ll quickly realize that the below list is composed of many smaller cities, located in more rural areas, but still offering great access to entertainment, beautiful scenery, amazing food, and exciting cultural events.

1) Green Bay, Wisconsin

Population: 107,395

Green Bay is located in Northern Wisconsin on the shore of Lake Michigan. Green Bay is the home of the NFL team, The Green Bay Packers. The National Rail Museum also resides in this top-rated city. The cost of housing in Green Bay is 22% lower than the national average and the utility prices are 5% lower. According to U.S. News, the city offers an excellent quality of life.

2) Huntsville, Alabama

Population: 215,006

Huntsville first gained its fame during the Space Race, which is why it is the home of the U.S. Space and Rocket Center. Huntsville’s main economic influence comes from aerospace and military technology. What once used to be a peaceful farming town is now one of the fastest-growing metro areas in Alabama. While being a beautiful city, it’s also home to the most educated individuals in the state. Huntsville is considered the most populated city in the state.

3) Raleigh & Durham, North Carolina

Raleigh Population: 467,665

Durham Population: 283,506

Raleigh is the capital city of the state of North Carolina. Raleigh and Durham are mainly known for their technology and research roots. This tri-city area, including Chapel Hill, is infamously known as The Triangle. Raleigh and Durham are the home of many young and highly educated individuals with a strong sense of community. While also having beautiful green spaces, there are many things to keep you busy in these bustling cities.

4) Boulder, Colorado

Population: 108,250

Boulder, Colorado has been inhabited by Native American tribes for over 13,000 years. Today’s Boulder was originally founded around 1858 when prospectors led by Thomas Aikins arrived at Boulder Canyon during the Colorado Gold Rush. If you’re looking for wellness, Boulder Colorado is the place to be. Offering a variety of programs to lead you to a healthier lifestyle. This beautiful city has stunning views from its location on the crest of a hill on U.S. Route 36.

5) Sarasota, Florida

Population: 54,842

Sarasota is a city located south of Tampa on Florida’s Gulf Coast. Sarasota is very different from what you would expect a Florida city to be like. It has a very bright art scene, a beautiful costal atmosphere, many shopping districts, and a booming food culture. This city’s major showstopper is its lovely beach, Siesta Key.

6) Naples, Florida

Population: 19,372

Greatly known for being a destination retirement spot for the elite, this city is located between the edges of the Everglades and the shores of the Gulf of Mexico. Naples is packed with beautiful beaches, golf courses, restaurants, and shops that will always keep you busy.

7) Portland, Maine

Population: 68,313

Portland hugs the southern portion of the state’s coastline and is located only about two hours from Boston. Being the home of Maine’s largest metro area and economic hub, this city has a key lifestyle of “doing it yourself”.  This approach results in local artisans calling Portland their home. It has a neighborly feel and offers coastal scenery, the advantages of city living paired well with a small-town charm.

8) Charlotte, North Carolina

Population: 879,709

Another North Carolina city makes the list of best places to live. Charlotte is the second largest banking hub behind New York City in the United States. This has led to a massive spike in its population over the years.  The city is also known for its cleanliness, mostly due to its attentive citizens. While Charlotte offers lower-than-average cost of living, strong growth and economy, mild climate,  it is also home to North Carolina’s most famous white beaches.

9) Colorado Springs, Colorado

Population: 483,956

Colorado Springs is located at the eastern foot of the Rocky Mountains. This city has an appealing downtown along with bustling suburbs. Colorado Springs has just the right blend of nature and metropolitan areas that bring its vibrant history to life. The city has a small-town atmosphere and plenty to do with attractions ranging from trains, museums, parks and more.

10) Fayetteville, Arkansas

Population: 95,230

Fayetteville is in a region that has experienced massive growth over the last few years. This city is known for converting from a small town to a city that promotes higher education, entrepreneurship, and culture. It is also the birthplace of Walmart and is home to the headquarters of Tyson Foods. Fayetteville is a destination for those looking for access to hiking, exciting food scene and outstanding nightlife.

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