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Best Places to Live for Quality of Life

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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Santa Barbara, CA

badge #1 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." Situated betwe… more

  • 6.5 Overall Score
  • 7.8 Quality of Life
  • 3.7 Value

Lancaster, PA

badge #2 in Best Places to Live for Quality of Life

Lancaster, Pennsylvania, offers a balance between natural and commercial spaces that residents appreciate. Expansive farms rub elbows… more

  • 6.7 Overall Score
  • 7.7 Quality of Life
  • 6.7 Value

Grand Rapids, MI

badge #3 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 perched on t… more

  • 7.1 Overall Score
  • 7.6 Quality of Life
  • 8.1 Value

San Jose, CA

badge #4 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 downtown, San … more

  • 7.1 Overall Score
  • 7.6 Quality of Life
  • 5.4 Value

McAllen, TX

badge #5 in Best Places to Live for Quality of Life

Despite its reputation as a mere border town, McAllen, Texas, is a very vibrant metro area and a major center for retail, internation… more

  • 5.9 Overall Score
  • 7.6 Quality of Life
  • 5.4 Value

Brownsville, TX

badge #6 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 the Gulf of Me… more

  • 5.7 Overall Score
  • 7.6 Quality of Life
  • 5.4 Value

Portland, ME

badge #7 in Best Places to Live for Quality of Life

For the people of Maine, there is only one Portland. Maine's largest metro area and economic hub features cobblestone streets and shi… more

  • 7.0 Overall Score
  • 7.6 Quality of Life
  • 6.4 Value

Asheville, NC

badge #8 in Best Places to Live for Quality of Life

Hailed as "The Land of the Sky," Asheville, North Carolina, is often considered by outsiders to be a delightfully strange place. At a… more

  • 7.1 Overall Score
  • 7.5 Quality of Life
  • 6.4 Value

San Diego, CA

badge #9 in Best Places to Live for Quality of Life

San Diego residents recognize how fortunate they are to live in an area famous for its sunny weather and impressive beaches. But ther… more

  • 6.8 Overall Score
  • 7.5 Quality of Life
  • 3.7 Value

Santa Rosa, CA

badge #10 in Best Places to Live for Quality of Life

Santa Rosa, the hub of economic activity in northern California's wine country, welcomes artists of all ages, as well as young people… more

  • 6.5 Overall Score
  • 7.5 Quality of Life
  • 4.3 Value
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