Best Cities to Live in the United States
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- Boulder, CO
- New York City, NY
- Los Angeles, CA
- Chicago, IL
- Houston, TX
- Phoenix, AZ
- San Antonio, TX
- San Diego, CA
- San Jose, CA
- Austin, TX
- San Francisco, CA
- Seattle, CA
- Washington D.C.
- Las Vegas, NV
- Atlanta, GA
- Boston, MA
- Columbus, OH
- Memphis, TN
- Portland, OR
1. Boulder, CO
This city is the eleventh most municipal city in the USA. It is at the elevation of 5,430 ft. above sea level. It is about 25 miles away from Denver. Boulder has a wonderful history and a very warm and close knit community. 33% of the pollution are married couples with families, and about 36% of households are made up of individuals. Boulder meets the Rockies and the Plains. It has a large freshwater source, predominantly from snow melt. The weather there ranges from the high 90’s in the summer and snow in the winter. There is a wonderful array of outdoor sports and the national U.S. Rugby headquarters is in Boulder, CO, so all of you ex packs: enjoy. There are wonderful packs for hiking, mountain biking, and jogging.
Estimated median household income: $57,428
Elevation: 5344 feet
2. New York City
New York is one of the largest cities in the United States. With a very high ethnic and cultural diversity, there are many places to shop, visit, and dine. Central Park is the center of outdoor life for the industrial city, offering many outdoor performances, as well sports and jogging/biking paths. The World Trade Center is a must-see when in lower Manhattan. Times Square is another great place to visit, offering great shopping and dining options, in the hear of the city. Times Square is a great place to be on New Year's Eve, offering one of the largest New Years celebrations in the world. For animal lovers, Central Park Zoo offers sights of rare animals from exotic places. New York City has a humid subtropical climate, and it even snows in the winter.
Estimated median household income: $52,223
Elevation: 30 feet
3. Los Angeles, CA
Known as the City of Angels, Los Angeles is a global city with a sense of entertainment, fashion, media, and education. Los Angeles boasts warm, sunny weather year round, and has some of the best beaches in all of California. California coasts are a great place to surf! There are more artists, filmmakers, actors, and musicians living and working in LA and Hollywood than any other city in the world. There are 800+ museums and galleries in LA county. In fact, Los Angeles has more museums per capita than any other city in the world. There are three major colleges in Los Angeles: UCLA, USC, and CSUN. In Downtown, you can find numerous sports arenas and venues, including the LA Convention Center, Staples Center, Nokia Theater, and many others.
Estimated median household income: $48,466
Elevation: 330 feet
4. Chicago, IL
Chicago is full of highly diversified neighborhoods, meaning the dining choices are endless. The city is most famous for hot dogs and deep-dish pizza, and true foodies will love the Chicago Food Festival. The Grand Park Music Festival is a fantastic live-music venue, offering many family friendly activities. There are many zoos, parks, and aquariums exclusive to Illinois. The Chicago area is home to 32 Fortune 500 companies, meaning employment is always available. Sports fans can see thrilling baseball games at Wrigley Field. The cost of living in Chicago ranks lower than the national average for similarly sized cities.
Estimated median household income: $47,099
Elevation: 596 feet
5. Houston, Texas
Huston is a booming 21st-century metropolis, offering many museums and street attractions. The Huston Space Center showcases fascinating space artifacts and exhibits. The Huston Museum of Fine Arts also shows fantastic works of art. For those of you who want to get outdoors, the Kemah Boardwalk offers many shops, rides, and restaurants, and is located in the beautiful Galveston Bay area. For shoppers, the Galleria offers the best shopping experience in the area, with over 400 stores and two Westin hotels. Buffalo Bayou Park is a large skate park located in the heart of the city. At night, the park offers an amazing bat show. Yes, bats. Over 250,000 Mexican free-tailed bats fly over the park nightly to settle under the Waugh Drive bridge.
Estimated median household income: $45,353
Elevation: 108 feet
6. Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix is located in a desert region. If you need to cool off, the city offers some of the best drive-thru’s in the county, but not just boring restaurants like McDonald’s. For sports lovers, Chase Field is a retractable-roof sports arena, so spectators can enjoy their favorite sports either having to worry about sweltering heat and monsoons. For kids, phoenix offers an array of water parks and other outdoor activities to beat the heat, which can sometimes rise to over 102 degrees. The lovely desert scenery really completes the landscape of the increasingly-entertaining city.
Estimated median household income: $46,601
Elevation: 1085 feet
7. San Antonio, TX
The cost of living in San Antonio is extremely affordable for such a large city. San Antonio’s highly diverse population means anyone, from anywhere, will fit right in. The food takes on the typical Texas style, but also offers a lot of Mexican food. San Antonio offers over 20 miles of bike paths, and there are even bikes available to rent. The locals are about as friendly and welcoming as it gets.
Estimated median household income: $45,399
Elevation: 772 feet
8. San Diego, CA
The weather in San Diego is always beautiful, as expected in California. Temperatures are always in the mid to upper 70’s or 80’s by the coast. Take advantage of the outdoor weather and visit the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park where you can get up close and personal with some amazing wildlife. La Jolla Cove is a must-see for families with kids, who can enjoy the warm water and white-sand beach, as well as the numerous tide pools, where you may even find sea creatures hiding out. The burgers in San Diego are on-point and are sure to exceed your expectations, and there are farmers markets around every corner.
Estimated median household income: $63,456
Elevation: 40 feet
9. San Jose, CA
Like most of the California Bay area, San Jose has a lovely subtropical, Mediterranean-like climate. With over 203,500 families in the mountainous city, you're sure to find plenty of kid-friendly activities. There are thousands of acres of parks and outdoor areas for all to enjoy and over 53 miles of hiking trails. Education opportunities are plentiful as well. San Jose State University is well known for their arts and engineering programs, but the city does not fall short in providing learning opportunities for younger children. San Jose is a short drive from San Francisco and the nearby Napa Valley Wine region. The technology industry is alive and well in San Jose, is best known for nearby Silicon Valley, home to headquarters of companies such as Apple, Google, eBay, Microsoft, and Twitter, among others. Employment with these companies is always available.
Population in 2013: 998,537
Estimated median household income: $80,977
Elevation: 87 feet
10. Austin, TX
Austin is the largest growing city in the United States at the moment. Much of the tech world is moving to Austin, and it is becoming one of the mecca places for tech industries in the United States. The reason for this is because of the enormous tax breaks that the corporations are receiving for doing business in the state of Texas. The Colorado River runs through the city and was established by pioneers following the river. A wonderful thing to note is that Austin is considered the live music capital of the world, and have more live music events than anywhere else. The local cooking has a fun array, but local custom is Hot and Spicy, so beware if you anything you order is spicy, because, in this town, it really gets HOT! Throughout the year it is normally between 62 and 97 degrees, but the weather changes drastically from time to time. In 1985, it even snowed! FaceBook is building a facility there as well and plans to increase its staff as they expand in the near future. Austin does have the name Silicon Hills, so if you’re a tech geek, this may be the city for you.
Estimated median household income: $56,351
Elevation: 501 feet
11. San Francisco, CA
With close proximity to Napa Valley and bordering the Pacific ocean, the hilly streets and vibrant local community are sure to pull you in. The Golden Gate and Dolores parks are great ways to experience the fantastic weather of the California Coast. The city was rated one of the healthiest cities in the world, likely a result of the large consumption of organic foods and the reliance f foot travel and biking as opposed to vehicles. Ghirardelli Square is for people who are not so health conscious, but determined to find the best shopping outlet in their city. named after the famous chocolate, Ghirardelli Square is a fantastic place to shop, dine, and yes, eat chocolate. Fisherman’s Wharf is another awesome sight to see, including amazing seafood restaurants and other tourist attractions, as well as departing boat tours to visit the island of Alcatraz, a famous prison that has been shut down and converted to a museum.
Estimated median household income: $77,485
Elevation: 63 feet
12. Seattle, WA
Seattle is set known for Pike’s Place market, which is home to over 200 vendors, farmers, and shops. This city is best known for their coffee, which can be found all over the place, and tastes amazing. The city averages about 37 inches of rain per year, which often falls in heavy, consistent drizzles or downpours The Seattle Art Museum is a great place to visit. Offering much more than just art, the museum is a main concert and performance venue. A fast 30-minute drive will lead you to cascade waterfalls, nature hikes, ricers, lakes, and much more. The Seattle Space Needle is a famous city landmark, and an elevator ride to the top will leave you with breathtaking views of the city as well as the lovely Pacific Ocean.
Estimated median household income: $70,172
Elevation: 350 feet
13. Washington D.C.
Do musical and theatrical performances tickle your fancy? If so, the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. provides shows every day at 6 PM. Better yet, the shows are free, and no ticket is required to get in. There is a total of 19 museums and art galleries in the area, including the Smithsonian Museum. Weather in D.C. is average, often hot in the summer and snow in the winter. Jobs in Washington D.C. are easy to come by, considering it’s close proximity to government offices, who offer many employment opportunities with great benefits. Many families find it easier to move into the suburbs of Northern Virginia and Maryland due to the high cost of living in Washington D.C.
Estimated median household income: $67,572
Elevation: 18 feet
14. Las Vegas, NV
We’ve all heard of Sin City. Las Vegas is a worldwide tourist attraction for the same reasons that may compel you to call this city “home”. Las Vegas offers stunning shows and performances, gambling, world-renowned dining, shopping, fun, and much more. The annual Las Vegas Film Festival draws movie lovers from around the world. There is also a never ending list of golf courses in the Las Vegas area. Other outdoor ventures include Lake Mead, a lake just 30 miles from Vegas that is great for ATV adventures, as well as hiking and swimming. For people interested in the arts, the Las Vegas Philharmonic is the best performing arts group in Nevada. The weather in Las Vegas is great, with over 3,200 hours of the sunshine per year. And the cost of living is not as big as you might expect.
Estimated median household income: $49,289
Elevation: 2000 feet
15. Atlanta, GA
Atlanta is one of the most popular locations in the United States to relocate to. There are a lot of companies moving to Georgia right now due to the tax breaks that the state is giving to corporations. Regular income for households has increased and continues to increase every year. It is a very budget-friendly city to live in in the united States, with one of the best housing values in the country. The city has a wonderful Civil War history and has many different museums to visit, for you history buffs. It also has a wonderful array of golf clubs in the area, for you golfing buffs.
Estimated median household income: $46,485
Elevation: 1050 feet
16. Boston, MA
Boston has an exceptional comedy scene. They're are always comedy shows at the Middle East, Improv Asylum, and Comedy Studio. As a matter of fact, many comedy stars, such as Bill Burr and Steven Right started in Boston. Take a walk around Boston and you’ll discover that there is something historical every place you look. Stop by the Freedom Trail, where you can have a guided tour of some on the most significant places. No matter where you are, each area of Boston is unique in its own way.
Estimated median household income: $53,583
Elevation: 20 feet
17. Columbus, OH
Columbus is a metropolitan statistical area and is in the mid-western region of the United States. The city has a strong emphasis on education and has large industries, such as banking, fashion, defense, aviation, and steel. It also has a large medical health industry, with one of the largest Columbus-based medical groups being Cardinal Health. Forbes Magazine named it as one of the number one tech-cities in the country. In the summer time, the Franklin park botanical garden is a wonderful place to take your kids, boasting a wide array of flowers and plants. Another fun stop is the North Market, Farmers Market.
Estimated median household income: $44,426
Elevation: 800 feet
18. Memphis, TN
Memphis is very well-known for barbecue restaurants. What you thought was just a sketchy hole-in-the-wall restaurant quickly becomes your favorite place to eat out. Overton Square is home to many forms of entertainment, whether it be live performances, large cinemas, or beer-tasting extravaganzas. The weather is beautiful, with a subtropical climate in the summer months and a drastic drop in temperature in the winter, bringing in some of the fluffy-white powder we all love.
Estimated median household income: $36,722
Elevation: 254 feet
19. Portland, OR
Portland offers some of the best malt beer in the USA. Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom is a great place to experience the magic of Portland Beer. In 2012, Portland was voted one of the most bike friendly cities in the world. One of the best things about Portland is that there is no sales tax. ON ANYTHING! Portland residents create a nice sense of community The food is wonderful, and you don’t even have to go into a restaurant to get a taste of something great. Food carts roam the city and sell food from Argentina, Brazil, Ethiopia, Columbia, Germany, France, and just about any other region you can think of.
Estimated median household income: $55,571
Elevation: 50 feet