Most Livable Cities in the US

What are the most livable US cities? Well, that depends on what your idea of living is—and we all tend to have our own definition. Are you more of a get-lost-in-nature person, or do you appreciate big city living? Do you enjoy long drives, or would you rather zone out with a book on the train?


These sorts of things can make one city ideal for one person but a total wreck for another. Luckily, there’s a city out there for everyone. Here’s our list of the most livable US cities based on the sort of life you might be looking to live.

Most livable US cities for the outdoors lover

Does crisp morning air, a long hike, and an endless flow of natural landscape sound like the ideal way to spend your Saturday? Then New Mexico might be calling to you.

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Enjoy four distinct seasons and 310 total days of sunshine per year in New Mexico’s largest city. Plus, plenty of outdoor activities to make the most of your sunny days, including hiking the Sandia Mountains and exploring area parks like Petroglyph National Monument.


Winters in Albuquerque are short, lasting from mid-November to mid-February—but during that time, many residents head to the mountains for ski weekends. And there’s more than just an outdoors scene in this city, with a thriving arts scene and a slew of entertainment or dining options. Find new construction homes just outside Albuquerque in Rio Rancho, a popular site for new home communities. 


Not sold on Albuquerque? Fayetteville, Arkansas, Denver, and Colorado Springs also draw a large, outdoor-loving crowd.

Most livable US cities for the city dweller

If city scrapers are your idea of the perfect landscape and a life without the hustle and bustle seems like one not worth living, then you might consider California.

San Francisco, CA

California is expensive, but there’s good reason for that. People can’t seem to resist the constant sunshine and beautiful mountain landscape—which is what makes San Francisco a particularly unique city. Walkable and with easy access to public transportation, San Francisco is a known tech hub. But it’s also one of the few cities where you can escape to the beach for a weekend.


Of course, is San Francisco just isn’t your thing your next best bet for major cities is Los Angeles or New York.

Most livable US cities for those who want it all

Raleigh, North Carolina

Raleigh often ranks high as one of the best places to live, with Durham falling not far behind. People attracted to the area tend to be young and family-oriented, although there is also a strong research and tech-oriented scene—which means a strong job market. With major universities nearby, there are plenty of options for bars and cafes. Plus a few neighborhoods that are walkable enough to take care of some everyday errands.


And while Raleigh is more of an urban city, nature isn’t far away. You can head to Pilot Mountain for hiking paths or local sport climbing or explore Hanging Rock State Park. There are also plenty of nearby preserves, making this city ideal for those who want a bit of city life but like a great escape. You can find new home construction in Raleigh starting in the upper $300s. 


Austin, Texas

It seems like everyone is moving to Austin these days, and both the real estate prices and traffic reflect that. But there are still plenty of smaller areas to live outside of Austin that give easy access to both the city life and nature. You’ll also enjoy plenty of sunshine in Texas. If you’re looking for a small-town feel and easy access to both Austin and San Antonio, you might consider new construction homes in San Marcos.


However, if you’re really looking to get lost in nature, then a new home in Leander, TX might be the better option. A half-hour away from Austin, it’s also only a half-hour from Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge—an excellent place for hiking, exploring trails, and discovering new plant life. It’s also an easy day trip to Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, which is popular among beginner and more advanced rock climbers.


Finding the most livable cities in the US that match your lifestyle shouldn’t be too hard to do—there are plenty of cities that are worth some explanation. And when you finally find the one that’s just right, you might consider asking yourself whether or not it's time to put down roots and buy a home. 



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Published 04.28.22

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