The 10 best places to live in the U.S.

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    Aug 02, 2011 11:43 AM GMT
    At least according to MarketWatch / RelocateAmerica

    http://www.marketwatch.com/story/the-10-best-places-to-live-in-the-us-2011-08-02?reflink=MW_GoogleNews

    Job growth, cultural attractions help push cities onto Top 10 list

    #1. Austin, Texas, is famous for its music scene, and its economy benefits from the many technology firms that call it home. That blend of economic opportunity and cultural attraction helped put it on RelocateAmerica’s annual Top 10 list of best places to live. Each year, the company reviews information about local housing markets and economies, cultural and recreational opportunities, and safety, plus collects feedback from city leaders and residents, to come up with a Top 100 list of the best places to live in the country. Its Top 10 list reflects the best of the bunch. RelocateAmerica, based in Brighton, Mich., helps people who are moving find resources to make their move easier.

    #2. Grand Rapids, Mich., made RelocateAmerica’s Top 10 list for its solid schools and strong economy, especially when compared with the rest of the state. “It’s got the best of everything in a smaller large city,” said Steve Nickerson, president of RelocateAmerica.

    #3. Boulder is a stable community at the foot of the Rocky Mountains — and a city that is well-loved by its residents, said Steve Nickerson, president of RelocateAmerica. In addition to its picturesque scenery and opportunities for outdoor recreation, the city offers a variety of cultural attractions, according to RelocateAmerica. Pictured here is the Flatirons rock formation near Boulder.

    #4. The employment picture in Raleigh, N.C., helped land it a spot on RelocateAmerica’s Top 10 list of best places to live. It’s the largest city in the “Triangle,” an area that includes Research Triangle Park, known for work in the biotechnology, telecommunications and computing fields, according to RelocateAmerica. Pictured here is the J.S. Dorton Arena.

    #5. Dallas scored high on RelocateAmerica’s list of Top 10 cities partly due to its business growth, said Steve Nickerson, the company’s president. Plus, people who live and work there tend to have a strong passion for the city. Pictured here is the downtown Dallas arts district with the reflecting pool of the Winspear Opera House in the foreground and the I.M. Pei designed Meyerson Symphony Center immediately behind.

    #6. Greenville, S.C., is another one of those “smaller big cities,” said Steve Nickerson, RelocateAmerica’s president. Companies including BMW, Michelin, GE Energy and Lockheed Martin have a presence in the region, and Greenville’s downtown is also a draw, thanks in part to recent improvements to the city park, Nickerson said. Pictured here are the falls in downtown Greenville.

    #7. Augusta, Ga. The city’s low cost of living, affordable housing, many cultural opportunities and mild climate make it popular with retirees. Plus, the area has seen a lot of business growth, according to RelocateAmerica.

    #8. Boise made RelocateAmerica’s Top 10 list of best places to live due to its stable economy — the city experienced dramatic growth over the past two decades — and many recreation opportunities.

    #9. Job growth, particularly in the industrial sector, helped put Omaha, Neb on RelocateAmerica’s Top 10 list of best cities to live. The city on the western bank of the Missouri River has been an agricultural and transportation center since the late 1850s.

    #10. Job growth was also a factor in Oklahoma City’s inclusion on the Top 10 list of best places to live. In addition to downtown business development, the city has experienced a renovation of convention, cultural and educational sites, according to RelocateAmerica.
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    Aug 02, 2011 12:08 PM GMT
    Those are all places that get snow every winter. If it's cold enough for snow, it's too cold for me.
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    Aug 02, 2011 12:23 PM GMT
    These lists crack me up. My partner's from Grand Rapids and I showed him a list that rated Grand Rapids in the Top 10 Dying Cities from earlier this year: http://www.mlive.com/business/west-michigan/index.ssf/2011/01/newsweek_grand_rapids_is_not_j.html
  • calibro

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    Aug 02, 2011 12:32 PM GMT
    OKC? Boise? Dallas? There's more to life than a job. I adore Austin, but the reason to move there isn't employment.
  • bmw0

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    Aug 02, 2011 12:43 PM GMT
    I wonder who paid who to make this list up.

    Raleigh is awesome, Greenville SC is ok if you can get past the beatings and shootings outside of gay bars, and Dallas is still growing from what i have read.. but a lot if this is just silly.
  • jcable

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    Aug 02, 2011 12:49 PM GMT
    I agree with paulflexes about snow. Dallas is too cold in the winter for me. I live in Dallas for the job. Austin is great, very progressive but we still have to live with an idiot for a governor and a legislature full of Nazi fundamentalists. I wanna find the place that has the weather of Hawaii, the progressive political climate of Amsterdam, and is not a 3rd world country.
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    Aug 02, 2011 3:59 PM GMT
    I spent 10 years living in Omaha, NE and it would not be in my 10 ten places to live.
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    Aug 02, 2011 4:02 PM GMT
    Dallas looks like a massive financial-based wasteland. Like someone said on here- there's more to life than working 9 to 5. This list fails.
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    Aug 02, 2011 4:09 PM GMT
    paulflexes saidThose are all places that get snow every winter. If it's cold enough for snow, it's too cold for me.


    +1

    I'm living where its warm period end of story.
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    Aug 02, 2011 4:12 PM GMT
    Also I've been to OKC, I'm pretty sure the city planner was either half retarded or high on magic mushrooms. The city doesn't even make sense.
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    Aug 02, 2011 4:29 PM GMT
    They should have a separate list for gay people.
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    Aug 02, 2011 4:32 PM GMT
    calibro saidOKC? Boise? Dallas? There's more to life than a job. I adore Austin, but the reason to move there isn't employment.



    You speak the truth.
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    Aug 02, 2011 4:47 PM GMT
    +1 for Austin, TX icon_smile.gif
  • groundcombat

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    Aug 02, 2011 4:48 PM GMT
    Jesus, what a boring list.
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    Aug 02, 2011 4:52 PM GMT
    groundcombat saidJesus, what a boring list.


    That!
  • dannyboy1101

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    Aug 02, 2011 5:04 PM GMT
    Obviously, this is an anti-urban center survey. Best places to live in order to do what exactly? Sit at home?
  • danisnotstr8

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    Aug 02, 2011 5:40 PM GMT
    For a more interesting and accurate ranking of cities, check out this link. These are the top 65 cities in the world as ranked by Foreign Policy. The methodology incorporates five major pillars: Business, Diversity, Information Exchange, Cultural Experience, and Political Engagement.

    World's Most Liveable Cities



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    Aug 02, 2011 5:51 PM GMT
    Chi-town didn't make it? These lists are crap!
  • Spiritreaver

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    Aug 02, 2011 6:07 PM GMT
    Oh really? It's a shame I can't wait to move out of OKC. Tulsa's alright though.
  • danisnotstr8

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    Aug 02, 2011 6:18 PM GMT
    CHIdude saidChi-town didn't make it? These lists are crap!


    CHIdude, check the list I posted above about world cities.
  • MSUBioNerd

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    Aug 02, 2011 6:31 PM GMT
    Augusta, Georgia has averaged 1.1 inches of snow a year over the period of the last 56 years. If you're going to rule out even that tiny amount of snow, you're looking at a very small percentage of the country.
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    Aug 02, 2011 9:37 PM GMT
    CHIdude saidChi-town didn't make it? These lists are crap!


    Chitown is miserable!

    Freezing!!!!!!! The weather alone removes it from the list! lol
  • rnch

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    Aug 02, 2011 9:50 PM GMT
    paulflexes saidThose are all places that get snow every winter. If it's cold enough for snow, it's too cold for me.



    yeh-u-rite!


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    according to "family legend": during an unusually cold Oklahoma winter many years ago; my mother demanded of my father "move me SOMEWHERE warmer that this frost pit or LEAVE ME!"

    2 months later they moved to New Orleans, LA.



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  • Huskerndenver

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    Aug 02, 2011 10:20 PM GMT
    Boulder/Denver, CO is awesome! Love it here!
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    Aug 02, 2011 10:43 PM GMT
    yea Raleigh!