Best Top 20 Places to Live in America

Best Top 20 Places to Live in America 

The 2020 Best Places to Live ranking provides a comprehensive assessment of the overall livability of an area. This grade takes into account several key factors of a location, including the quality of local schools, crime rates, housing trends, employment statistics, and access to amenities in an attempt to measure the overall quality of an area.

Factors Considered

Cost of Living Grade Based on the consumer price index and access to affordable housing. Multiple Sources 12.5%
Higher Education Rate Percentage of residents who have received a bachelor’s degree or higher. U.S. Census 12.5%
Housing Grade Based on home values, property taxes, housing costs, local schools, and more. Multiple Sources 10.0%
Public Schools Grade Based on the average Niche K-12 Overall Grade for every public school serving the area, where each school is weighted by the number of students it serves. Multiple Sources 10.0%
Diversity Grade Based on ethnic, generational and economic diversity. Multiple Sources 7.5%
Composite Overall Score Niche survey responses scored on a 1-5 scale regarding the overall experience of the place. Multiple Sources 5.0%
Crime & Safety Grade Based on violent and property crime rates. Multiple Sources 5.0%
Family Grade Based on school quality, safety, and family-friendly living. Multiple Sources 5.0%
Health & Fitness Grade Based on community health statistics and access to healthcare. Multiple Sources 5.0%
Jobs Grade Based on employment rates, job and economic growth, and cost of living. Multiple Sources 5.0%
Nightlife Grade Based on access to bars, restaurants, theaters, and other attractions. Multiple Sources 5.0%
Outdoor Activities Grade Based on weather, air quality, and access to parks and other recreational opportunities. Multiple Sources 5.0%
Walkability Grade Based on the proportion of residents that walk or bike, as well as the proximity of amenities and the density of development. Multiple Sources 5.0%
Weather Grade Based on the number of sunny days, precipitation, and average temperatures in an area. Multiple Sources 5.0%
Shortest Commute Grade Based on typical commute times and methods. Multiple Sources 2.5%

The same methodology is used to produce the Overall Niche Grade for each ranked place. Statistics are primarily obtained from the U.S. Census and represent the most recent data available.

2020 Best Places to Live in America

Explore the best places to live in the USA. based on crime, public schools, cost of living, job opportunities, and local amenities. Ranking based on data from the U.S. Census, FBI, BLS, CDC, and other sources.

Best Top 20 Places to Live in America

1. Chesterbrook

  • Suburb of Philadelphia, PA
#1 Best Places to Live in America
  • A+ Overall Grade
  • A+ Public Schools
  • 4,714 Population

2. Bluemont

  • Neighborhood in Arlington, VA
  • 1 review
#2 Best Places to Live in America

Former Resident lived in Bluemont between 1985 and 2007. I walked to Ballston Metro station and rode in to DC for work. I liked being nearby to parks, a swim club and local stores. When we moved in, we had neighbors who worked as restaurant cook, laundry machine repair, and print shop. But within 10 years after moving in, we could have never afforded to buy there, and the population changed toward lawyers and techies.

  • A+ Overall Grade
  • A+ Public Schools
  • 5,987 Population

3. Radnor/Fort Myer Heights

  • Neighborhood in Arlington, VA
#3 Best Places to Live in America
  • A+ Overall Grade
  • A+ Public Schools
  • 11,076 Population

4. Holly Hills

  • Suburb of Denver, CO
#4 Best Places to Live in America
  • A+ Overall Grade
  • A+ Public Schools
  • 2,909 Population

5. Penn Wynne

  • Suburb of Philadelphia, PA
#5 Best Places to Live in America
  • A+ Overall Grade
  • A+ Public Schools
  • 5,758 Population

6. Ocean Park

  • Neighborhood in Santa Monica, CA
#6 Best Places to Live in America
  • A+ Overall Grade
  • A+ Public Schools
  • 12,122 Population

7. Carmel

  • Town in Indiana
#7 Best Places to Live in America
  • A+ Overall Grade
  • A+ Public Schools
  • 90,163 Population

8. City Center

  • Neighborhood in Santa Monica, CA
#8 Best Places to Live in America
  • A+ Overall Grade
  • A+ Public Schools
  • 3,196 Population

9. Harbour Island

  • Neighborhood in Tampa, FL
#9 Best Places to Live in America
  • A+ Overall Grade
  • A Public Schools
  • 3,506 Population

10. Brookline

  • Suburb of Boston, MA
#10 Best Places to Live in America
  • A+ Overall Grade
  • A+ Public Schools
  • 59,234 Population

11. Mid-City

  • Neighborhood in Santa Monica, CA
#11 Best Places to Live in America
  • A+ Overall Grade
  • A+ Public Schools
  • 16,529 Population

12. Ballston/Virginia Square

  • Neighborhood in Arlington, VA
#12 Best Places to Live in America
  • A+ Overall Grade
  • A+ Public Schools
  • 13,824 Population

13. Okemos

  • Suburb of Lansing, MI
#13 Best Places to Live in America
  • A+ Overall Grade
  • A+ Public Schools
  • 23,912 Population

14. Los Alamos

  • Town in New Mexico
#14 Best Places to Live in America
  • A+ Overall Grade
  • A+ Public Schools
  • 12,373 Population

15. Sammamish Valley

  • Neighborhood in Redmond, WA
#15 Best Places to Live in America
  • A+ Overall Grade
  • A+ Public Schools
  • 2,408 Population

16. Ardmore

  • Suburb of Philadelphia, PA
#16 Best Places to Live in America
  • A+ Overall Grade
  • A+ Public Schools
  • 13,083 Population

17. University South

  • Neighborhood in Palo Alto, CA
#17 Best Places to Live in America
  • A+ Overall Grade
  • A+ Public Schools
  • 3,673 Population

18. Overlake

  • Neighborhood in Redmond, WA
#18 Best Places to Live in America
  • A+ Overall Grade
  • A+ Public Schools
  • 12,732 Population

19. Clarendon Hills

  • Suburb of Chicago, IL
#19 Best Places to Live in America
  • A+ Overall Grade
  • A+ Public Schools
  • 8,711 Population

20. Ventura

  • Neighborhood in Palo Alto, CA
#20 Best Places to Live in America
  • A+ Overall Grade
  • A+ Public Schools
  • 3,687 Population

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