20 Best Places to Live in 2021

Madison, Wisconsin

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Millions of people are reevaluating where they want to live as remote work options grow and the pandemic prompts lifestyle changes. Livability.com analyzed more than 1,000 small to mid-sized cities while factoring in safety, affordability, economic stability, outdoor recreation, accessibility, community engagement, and more.

The cities that topped this year’s list “offer the exact things so many of us are craving right now: connection, affordability, and the space and opportunity to grow,” according to Livability.com.

The 20 places that topped Livability’s list for 2021 are:

  1. Madison, Wis.
  2. Ann Arbor, Mich.
  3. Overland Park, Kan.
  4. Frederick, Md.
  5. Charlottesville, Va.
  6. Quincy, Mass.
  7. Hillsboro, Ore.
  8. Roseville, Calif.
  9. Colorado Springs, Colo.
  10. Vancouver, Wash.
  11. Corvallis, Ore.
  12. Raleigh, N.C.
  13. Omaha, Neb.
  14. Rochester, Minn.
  15. Columbia, Md.
  16. Franklin, Tenn.
  17. Plano, Texas
  18. Lincoln, Neb.
  19. Asheville, N.C.
  20. Sioux Falls, S.D.

View the full list of the top 100 at Livability.com.