In reading over this list, I see one of my favorites listed, Seattle. That area is absolutely beautiful with a clean and fun downtown area. Great food, interesting people, however, the housing market is really expensive.
I'm going to drop a few jaws here and give you a city where I would easily move to and be happy to call it "home." The downtown is very active with many high-end shopping choices, lots of upscale and creative restaurants and two professional sports venues.
The city is also home to many leading industries and recently opened a great new airport. Outdoor activites are plentiful in the summer and the arts community there is also very strong. And a huge plus: commuting around the city is a piece of cake. Traffic is very manageable.
What city is this?
Would you believe.....Indianapolis, Indiana.
Indy is just like a smaller (and safer) version of Chicago and when I returned there from being away for over 30 years, I was so shocked. This place is a find.