Everybody has their own ideas about what makes a city great. Indeed there are a lot of factors to consider. Is it the people who live there that make a city desirable to others? Is it the history of the city? Actually, it is that and more.
In order to create our top 10 cities in the United States, we considered three things:
- The availability of jobs (and)
- The quality of life
If a city has all three of these assets, it is a good place to live and work. It is a safe place to raise a family. It is the kind of plane you want to live.
While there are many wonderful cities in the United States, we have narrowed the list down to the top ten.
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Bonus Tip – Arlington, TX
Arlington is ranked as one of the best big cities to live in the coming year. The job market is booming. Arlington offers lovely residential areas that are just 25-minutes from downtown Dallas. If you are looking for a diverse, affordable, and family-friendly place to live in Arlington, you have a large selection. For example, check out Tara-Leeway Heights or Lyon Village.
While Arlington is not listed on the official lists, it is well worth your consideration.
Top 10 cities in the United States
Austin has been named the number one city for two years running, and it holds the lead in 2019. Austin is a beautiful city with sprawling parks and many things to entertain your family. You are just minutes from the downtown nightlife scene. Austin offers affordable housing and plenty of jobs.
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Colorado Springs is a much-loved city. The lifestyle there is casual and laid back. The cost of living it low as is the unemployment rate. The natural beauty of the region draws people to the location.
Denver is the natural beauty of Colorado and the big city experience. Denver shows up on multiple “best places” lists. Denver still offers affordable living, and there are some more expensive areas, where you may see some of the cities rich and famous.
Des Moines, Iowa
Des Moines is the capital of Iowa and it is a great place to live. Downtown Des Moines is busy with commerce. You smell the wonderful food being sold in the downtown area. Des Moines is great for families. You will experience festivals, art shows, museums, sports, and much more. You will have a little, problem building your career or finding a great home.
If you have never visited the Ozark Mountains in Arkansas, you are in for a treat. Fayetteville was once a small town, but major companies like Walmart and Tyson Foods made Fayetteville their home. The industry has brought people from all over the world. Yet, you will still find homegrown hospitality.
Coming in at number six – Portland Oregon. This huge city is one of the most beautiful places in the United States. If you move to Portland, you will be happy to know there is no state income tax. Beauty, affordability, friendly, and lots to do. This is why Portland has secured its place on this list.
Nicknamed Rocket City, you will find rockets and missiles everywhere. This is because Huntsville is the home to:
- The United States Space and Rocket Center
- NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center
- Army’s Aviation and Missile Command
This friendly southern city is a great place to raise a family. Almost everyone in Huntsville works for the government. Cost of living is low and jobs are plentiful.
This historical city is beautiful and there are very nice homes available. Diversity is everywhere. From the types of jobs available to virtually every kind of recreation. Washington D.C. is more than a great place to visit.
Minneapolis offers quality of life. There are many types of entertainment and a range of different recreational opportunities. Minneapolis is a city with a very strong economy. The city is known for fabulous restaurants.
You may not think of Seattle when it comes to having fun in the great outdoors, but you would be wrong. Hiking, fishing, camping, skiing, cycling, and rock climbing are very popular as are sporting events. Seattle has a strong economy and people there are friendly. Sure, it rains there a lot, but if you don’t mind a little (or more) rain, you will love Seattle.
There are many other great places to live in the United States. We encourage you to do your research and book a few weekend trips. Your perfect city awaits you. So, get going.