Top 10 Best American Cities to Live in

With the accelerated worsening of the economy the question in the mind of many Americans is what are the top 10 best American cities to live in ;- cities that offer growing economy, high quality of live and a good environment to work and raise a family.

Best American Cities to Live in: From Economy to Social Services

Finding the best city to to make it your home is a combination of many factors, many of which are personal, while others may be based on facts and reasonable judgment by comparison. We can always look at some the various stats and predictions such as availability of jobs, income levels, house prices, air and water quality. In preparing the list of top 10 best American cities we have considered many such factors, however, a lot of emphasis has been given to economy and the prospect of jobs that seem to be the number one issue for many families not just in the US but around the world. Let’s start our list:

10. Oklahoma City

Oklahoma City - Best American Cities to Live in

Oklahoma City – Best American Cities to Live in

Oklahoma City is one of the few cities that have steadily offered a job growth. This is evident in its relatively good economy and commerce. Throughout the past decade the city has been home to many renovation projects that has restored a lot of its older buildings, roads and public structures, especially in the in the downtown area. Oklahoma City has also been known for its cultural and educational boom in the past years, which has as the result has attracted thousands of people to choose it as their home.

9. Seattle

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Seattle – Best American Cities to Live in

Seattle may see a lot of rain but to the relief of many it’s not one of the top 10 most rainy cities in the world. With over 50% of its population having at least a bachelor’s degree, citizens of Seattle have long been known for their relatively high education and the city has seen a steady growth in its economy. Moreover, if you are a nature lover, you will definitely love and enjoy more than 5500 acres of natural area that surround it. The city is also very close to some of the most beautiful Canadian natural beauties near Vancouver, British Colombia.

8. San Diego

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San Diego – Best American Cities to Live in.JPG

San Diego ranks as one of the best American cities to live in because with over 40% of its population having a minimum bachelor’s degree, with only a 13% under poverty rate and a low crime rate it offers a great social and economic home for many. This great city is not overly populated and offers fantastic weather year around that many simply label as “picture perfect” weather in the US.

7. Omaha

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Omaha – Best American Cities to Live in

Omaha is a traditional Midwestern town with a modern cultural flair about it as well. It has been referred to as the telecommunications capital of the US and the city is located on the Missouri River which has helped its economy since the 1854. With a population of just under half a million the city is home to a very prominent Native American culture and a large number of music festivals annually that are great to attend and attract large crowds.

6. Honolulu

Honolulu - Best American Cities to Live in

Honolulu – Best American Cities to Live in

The positives of paradise are not hard to sell; even if it is an American island. Who wouldn’t want to live in Hawaii? The economy of Honolulu is obviously heavily based around tourism and the fishery industry, while its overall lifestyle tends to be healthy and relaxed for many of its residents. One thing to note, however, is the rising cost of property and its scarcity as is event in all other Hawaiian locations. Honolulu holds some of the most expensive housing prices amongst the American cities.

5. Boise

Boise - Best American Cities to Live in

Boise – Best American Cities to Live in

In the middle of our top 10 best American cities to live in sits the city of Boise, which has absolutely exploded in the past 20 years or so. With just over 200,000 residents Boise is population is still growing and has become an infusion of various new businesses, which have made its economy solid. If you are an outdoors person then you cannot help but be immersed with its natural beauty and he large number of activities available to you and your family.

4. Augusta (GA)

Augusta - Best American Cities to Live in

Augusta – Best American Cities to Live in

Located along the Savannah River and with a population of around 200,000 Augusta is southern hospitality at its best. In addition to a tranquil setting, Augusta also offers its residents a low cost of living and relatively low housing costs as well. It’s natural beauty, low living costs and in particular its quietness has made this great American city a popular retirement destination, while others have been able to find low stress jobs to make a decent living.

3. Minneapolis – St. Paul

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Minneapolis – Best American Cities to Live in

Although Minneapolis has become the most populated area in Minnesota, it still offers many incentives for families as one of the best American cities to live in. Minneapolis has relatively low crime rate, offers and lots of attractions even for its residents. Moreover, the Twin Cities are located on waterfront property, which provides the opportunity for all kinds of fun outdoor activity. When the weather is nice you will also see people jogging and biking on nearly 15 miles of trails that wind throughout the city.

2 Austin

Austin - Best American Cities to Live in

Austin – Best American Cities to Live in

Home to the University of Texas, Austin is known for their vibrant cultural scene and live music in particular. Pretty much all of the major tech companies have a presence in there. The city of Austin offers wonderful air quality as well as one of the highest number of parks per individual. With an above average household income, economy in Austin is doing much better than many other US cities.

1. Boulder: Best American Cities to Live in

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Boulder Downtown – Top American Cities to Live in

Located in the State of Colorado, the liberal city of Boulder is home to a major university; the University of Colorado. This historical city is in the perfect setting as it sits at the foot of the Rocky Mountains for its gorgeous view. The city has a multitude of things to do from a cultural prospective, while the cost of living is quite reasonable compared to other metropolitan centers. The median annual family income is astonishingly high at over $92,000, beating many American cities by far and large. Boulder has very good air index quality having nearly 20% of its population routinely walk or bike to work, while the majority of its economy is driven from the high tech sectors.

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  • http://twitter.com/Minneapolis_PR Kristen Montag

    Minneapolis actually has more than 80 miles of off-street trails and over 80 miles of on-street bikeways. The Grand Rounds National Scenic Byway, alone, is 50 miles. Thanks!

  • frank

    I disagree with 4 highly.

    • anon

      Having been to austin many times before…Augusta should not be so close to austin on a “best american cities to live in” list…

  • mball572

    Whoever wrote that article on Augusta must have been have been smoking the crack he bought from the gang bangers downtown. What a $ it hole and a murder rate 2x Seattle and a quarter of the size. And Southern charm = bigotry and being cheap to live doesn’t make it good. Where did this site come from anyway????

  • Roger

    #4 has got to be a joke. Crime and Corruption capital of the South is more like it.

  • Liz Grohl

    I’ve been to Augusta, GA and it does not deserve to be on any “Best of” list. Well maybe, Best Place to get diabetes or best place to get carjacked.

  • Wtfukidding?

    Ok, so this is supposed to be a ranking of affordable places to live, right? Why do you have Honolulu listed at #6. It has to be one of the most expensive cities in America to live in. Housing is definitely not affordable in Honolulu. I guess Augusta might be cheap, but who in their right mind would want to live there? I have always heard it called Disgusta. Whoever came up with this list needs to do some homework,

  • CrayCray

    Augusta, GA ranked as 4th best city in America? Honolulu on a list of cities with affordable housing? What crack head came up with this list?

  • Travis W

    I’ve always heard Augusta called Disgusta. Sometimes when a city has lots of affordable housing it is for a reason, you get what you pay for.

  • Jlat

    Why are people so butt-hurt about Augusta being 4th? This list is alright; the author explains why he thinks the list is accurate. Even if his standards aren’t the same as most, people don’t have to complain in every comment. Also Boulder is an awesome city, I like how it’s number 1

  • Gerry H

    How in the world did Augusta, GA end up on this list? I could see a 10 worst places to live.

  • LeslieKnope

    Augusta is a wonderful place to live, we moved back here from Chattanooga years ago and plan on staying til we retire. The comments regarding Augusta are unfair. Only children call Augusta, disgusta. Not everyone is going to love every city, but you have a choice I where you live, so don’t live here if you don’t like it. Every city has cons, but the pros, the culture, downtown Augusta, the people far outweigh the cons. Get over yourselves. It’s the Pawnee of Georgia.

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  • natalie

    tbh…..augusta is a serious shit hole. Who the fuck created this list?

  • Daryl B

    Augusta? Seriously? Is this some kind of Onion style parody article? I was stationed in Augusta as an army lieutenant and could nit wait to be transferred. The city is a serious Hell hole with a lot of racist bigots who are still living 50 years in the past. Plus the school system is one of the worst in the nation.

    • SelenaMillieux

      oh my goodness,i am keeping away from Augusta

  • Karen Gordon

    Augusta = Disgusta. It has earned its nickname for a good reason. Spend more than a week there and you will see why.

  • CastroSon

    4 is very wrong. It’s dirty, GHETTO, and people are not very nice there. Lived there for 15 years….there are way better places to live!!!!

  • Freddy G

    Augusta is a shit hole. Who did their mayor have to screw to get them on this list?

  • dentaldoc

    I have lived in Augusta for 40 years. Although we have the resources to live elsewhere, we appreciate the low cost of living, slower-paced lifestyle, access to good medical facilities, and wide open spaces as all the reason we need to stay. We are easy driving distance from Atlanta, Savannah, and Charleston if we want a change of pace.

  • OwenCali45

    I have never been to Augusta, GA so I have no opinion about the place but with so many people disagreeing with it being on this list, it must not be a very nice place to live.

  • Stuart Wallace

    I agree with most of the cities on this list except for #4. I lived in Augusta for 5 years and could not wait to leave. It is not a pleasant place to live. It is hot and humid 7 months out of the year. The public schools are horrific. The local government is corrupt and incompetent. It looks very ghetto. There is only one shopping mall and one decent movie theater. The downtown is dead and not safe to visit at night. The air smells like farts. The majority of the population are racist bigots and.or religious zealots. Augusta may be a cheap place to live, but I would gladly pay more to live almost anywhere else.

    • Cole Malcom

      that actually makes a lot of sense.. and i live outside of it lol

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  • Michael

    I was born and raised in Augusta…I can assure you it has some of the meanest, trashiest people in the USA. The downtown area could be nice but the thugs have made it a decaying dead zone. It’s sort of like the way New York looks in the movie I Am Legend.

    • Jimmy

      That’s an exaggeration about town i was just there. The rest can be true. Born and raised. Im just gonna accept the nod

  • Jason F

    Boulder is one of the worst cities to live in. People are rude, houses and townhomes and apartments are very very high priced. I worn you to not go.

  • Marilyn Sanjurjo

    I would never live in Augusta I live in Savannah because spouse is station here through Military, people are rude & this place sucks!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/antione.johnson.902 Whole Augusta

    Augusta is a growing, vibrant, and great city to live in.

  • Zerah

    Augusta does have some good points. There’s a lot of history there if you know where to look and the city is trying hard to clean itself up. I still wouldn’t walk down Broad Street on a friday night but it’s a work in progress. Artist’s Row is particularly nice lately. And, Augusta has some of the best medical care on the east coast. My sister would’ve died if it hadn’t been for the specialist at MCG.
    But I do have to agree for the time being, Augusta is a crap hole. :P

  • David Woods

    This is someone’s sales and con job.

  • nana

    well i know where im not going

  • Cole Malcom

    i live right outside augusta ill agree it shouldn’t even be on the list probably. augusta has plenty of ups and downs but in recent years its just been getting worse over there i only go in the city for the gun stores.

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    Seattle, WA— you must be kidding. I live here now. If you like to make 7$ an hour and see bums on every street corner intercity and out. Even though some big companies are here there is no way to get into one of those jobs unless you know someone that already work there. We have lived here 8 years and cannot wait to get out. State is only for the employers, The employers can make you do anything they want without your approval or giving more pay. You have no rights here! Believe me! don’t come here unless your already wealthy.