Best Places to Live for Quality of Life in the U.S. in 2020-21

The cities with the best quality of life have high scores on U.S. News’ Quality of Life Index. It measures how satisfied residents are with their daily lives by metro area, and takes into account factors like crime, quality and availability of health care, quality of education and average commute time. For more information on how we rank, read the Best Places to Live methodology.

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  1. Boulder, CO
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    Boulder, CO

    #1 in Best Places to Live for Quality of Life

    Snug against the foothills where the Great Plains give rise to the Rocky Mountains, Boulder is nothing if not a looker... Read More
    Overall Score
    Overall Score
    7.8
    Quality of Life
    Quality of Life
    8.3
    Value
    Value
    6.3
    Overall Score
    7.8
    Quality of Life
    8.3
    Value
    6.3
  2. Ann Arbor, MI
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    Ann Arbor, MI

    #2 in Best Places to Live for Quality of Life

    Ann Arbor is a city of contrasts. It is at once rural and urban, sporty and smart, outdoorsy and high-tech... Read More
    Overall Score
    Overall Score
    7.2
    Quality of Life
    Quality of Life
    8.1
    Value
    Value
    7
    Overall Score
    7.2
    Quality of Life
    8.1
    Value
    7
  3. McAllen, TX
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    McAllen, TX

    #3 in Best Places to Live for Quality of Life

    Despite its reputation as a mere border town, McAllen, Texas, is a vibrant metro area and a major center for retail... Read More
    Overall Score
    Overall Score
    5.7
    Quality of Life
    Quality of Life
    7.8
    Value
    Value
    5.3
    Overall Score
    5.7
    Quality of Life
    7.8
    Value
    5.3
  4. Brownsville, TX
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    Brownsville, TX

    #4 in Best Places to Live for Quality of Life

    Located at the southernmost tip of Texas, the Brownsville metro area marks the point where Texas meets both Mexico and... Read More
    Overall Score
    Overall Score
    5.7
    Quality of Life
    Quality of Life
    7.8
    Value
    Value
    5.3
    Overall Score
    5.7
    Quality of Life
    7.8
    Value
    5.3
  5. Madison, WI
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    Madison, WI

    #5 in Best Places to Live for Quality of Life

    Against a backdrop of high-tech businesses and acclaimed academic institutions, Madison, Wisconsin, exudes the casual... Read More
    Overall Score
    Overall Score
    7.1
    Quality of Life
    Quality of Life
    7.7
    Value
    Value
    7
    Overall Score
    7.1
    Quality of Life
    7.7
    Value
    7
  6. Green Bay, WI
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    Green Bay, WI

    #6 in Best Places to Live for Quality of Life

    Home to one of the most storied football franchises in the NFL, the Green Bay Packers, Green Bay has the perfect mix of... Read More
    Overall Score
    Overall Score
    7
    Quality of Life
    Quality of Life
    7.7
    Value
    Value
    8.1
    Overall Score
    7
    Quality of Life
    7.7
    Value
    8.1
  7. Santa Barbara, CA
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    Santa Barbara, CA

    #7 in Best Places to Live for Quality of Life

    It has been described as the "American Riviera," a "playground for the rich and famous" and, quite simply, "paradise.... Read More
    Overall Score
    Overall Score
    6.3
    Quality of Life
    Quality of Life
    7.6
    Value
    Value
    3.5
    Overall Score
    6.3
    Quality of Life
    7.6
    Value
    3.5
  8. San Jose, CA
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    San Jose, CA

    #8 in Best Places to Live for Quality of Life

    Nicknamed the capital of Silicon Valley, San Jose is a diverse area with an innovative spirit. While it has a distinct... Read More
    Overall Score
    Overall Score
    7
    Quality of Life
    Quality of Life
    7.6
    Value
    Value
    5.3
    Overall Score
    7
    Quality of Life
    7.6
    Value
    5.3
  9. Grand Rapids, MI
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    Grand Rapids, MI

    #9 in Best Places to Live for Quality of Life

    Grand Rapids has an affinity for public art, and its craft brewery scene is one of the best in the nation. A scenic spot... Read More
    Overall Score
    Overall Score
    7.1
    Quality of Life
    Quality of Life
    7.6
    Value
    Value
    8.1
    Overall Score
    7.1
    Quality of Life
    7.6
    Value
    8.1
  10. Fort Collins, CO
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    Fort Collins, CO

    #10 in Best Places to Live for Quality of Life

    Fort Collins was once overshadowed by Colorado’s heavily populated Front Range and famous mountain ski towns. That... Read More
    Overall Score
    Overall Score
    7.4
    Quality of Life
    Quality of Life
    7.6
    Value
    Value
    6
    Overall Score
    7.4
    Quality of Life
    7.6
    Value
    6