Livability named Madison, Wisconsin the best place to live in 2015. Being a top college town, music destination (especially if you love rock), and foodie paradise (think farm-to-table restaurants, lots of locally grown food and the World’s Largest Brat Fest), it’s no question why this Midwest city took the top spot on the 100-city list. But not only is Madison a cultural hub, it also has very little concentrated poverty and is one of the “greenest” cities in America, according to Business Insider.
Named the fifth best city to live in by 24/7 Wall St. in September 2014, Evanston has one of the highest educational attainment rates in the United States. More than two-thirds of adults living in the city have a Bachelor’s degree, according to USA Today. Evanston also offers a variety of entertainment options, lots of museums, and approximately 9,000 restaurants and 900 bars.
Boulder was named the fifth best city to live in the United States by Livability because of its open spaces and community involvement. The city also hosts a variety of film and music events throughout the year, including the Boulder International Film Series and the Shoot Out 24-Hour Filmmaking Festival. If you love the outdoors, Boulder is the place to be, as residents are able to enjoy the natural landscape year-round whether its by skiing in the winter or hikes on the Boulder foothills in the spring.
Nashville was rated the fourth most affordable city in the United States by Kiplinger with the cost of living being 12.4% lower than the rest of the country. But not only is Nashville affordable, it’s also the 10th best place for business and careers in the United States and 7th in job growth, according to Forbes. Nashville is best known for its music scene, being appropriately nicknamed the “Music City.” It also has great barbeque for the meat lovers.
San Antonio, Texas
Named sixth most affordable big city in the United States by Kiplinger, San Antonio’s cost of living is 11.2% below the rest of the country and also has a 5% unemployment rate. Median home value is also only $113,000, far less than several other cities nationwide. But not only is San Antonio affordable, it’s also ranked 8th on the Forbes best job growth list. The city also has a rich cultural history and is well-known for the Alamo and Spanish missions.
Home to the Mayo Clinic, Rochester is expected to have an additional 40,000 new jobs and as many as 100,000 new residents because of its planned “Destination Medical Center.” The new center is a game-changer for the city, which already boasts a large collection of restaurants and unique shops. Rochester was also named the second best place in the United States to move to in 2015 by Livability, mostly in part of the Mayo Clinic and its positive impact on the city’s economy.
This Midwest city made two major lists for best places to move to in 2015. Ames is listed as the 8th best place to live in America by Time Magazine and 30th on Livability. The city is best suited for people who like the feel of college towns. Ames is home to Iowa State University, which employs approximately 10,000 people, according to Time. The city also has 30 different neighborhoods and a strong health care network.
They say the West Coast is the best coast and, according to Livability, Berkeley is the place to be. The city is known for its food (it offers a mix of food trucks and high end restaurants) and entertainment attractions, including museums and music venues. The city is becoming more and more popular for 20-somethings and has a large student presence.
Santa Clara, California
If Berkeley isn’t for you, try Santa Clara, which is the 7th best place to live in the United States, according to Livability. The city’s economy is thriving because of its location in the Silicon Valley. Residents also experience 300 days of sunshine a year—perfect if you don’t like the changing seasons. The business atmosphere combined with the enjoyable weather made Santa Clara a popular city to move to in 2015.
Salt Lake City, Utah
Salt Lake City is one of the best cities in the U.S. to move to if you’re a fan of nature, outdoor activities, and want to raise a family. Residents are engaged with the community and city leaders place a lot of emphasis on family life, according to Livability. The median home price is $240,600 and the population is approximately 186,000.