The Top 10 Best Places to Live in the US: 2018 Edition

Looking for a new locale to call home? Whether you’re purchasing a home for the first time, moving to a new one, or ready to experience a new sense of apartment living, the US is filled with fantastic metro areas. Here are the top-rated places to live in 2018!


Austin, Texas

Austin is once again the number one city in America, topping the charts for its second year in a row. Texas’ capital is a hub of music, outdoor spaces, and vibrant culture that sees roughly 50 new residents each day. With an average annual salary of over 50-thousand and a 7.1 quality of life rating, you might just find that the Lone Star State is the perfect place to call home.


Colorado Springs, Colorado

This booming town features some of the nation’s top-quality schools, parks, and cultural attractions. Located one hour outside of Denver and beside Aspen’s world-class ski resorts, there’s a little something here for everyone. The area has recently seen an influx of jobs in the tech industry, making this an excellent locale for new graduates.


Denver, Colorado

Speaking of Denver, this city at the base of the Rocky Mountains offers the ability to rent luxury NYC apartments at 19 Dutch with the benefit of having nature nearby at the same time. It’s the perfect blend of both worlds and has quickly become one of the “hippest” cities in the nation thanks to its craft beer and cannabis industries.


Des Moines, Iowa

Families and millennials alike are enjoying the premier shopping, fine dining, and vibrant nightlife of Des Moines. This area offers a unique mix of historic and modern neighbourhoods, as well as a thriving job market in the insurance industry.


Fayetteville, Arkansas

Fayetteville makes its home in the Ozark Mountains along with seven Fortune 500 companies. If that isn’t enough reason to move there, how does small-town charm paired with a cultural hub of commerce and entrepreneurism sound?


Portland, Oregon

This area is unique in everything it does. With the slogan “Keep Portland Weird,” you can expect an eclectic mix of shopping and city-wide events. Heavily rooted in technology, the area sees a steady annual growth rate of 2.9% and features more college-educated individuals than the national average.


Huntsville, Alabama

Much like Denver, Huntsville is experiencing an overhaul of craft breweries, tech companies, and artists. The emerging downtown scene is filled with excellent dining and shopping ventures, but the cost of living remains surprisingly low.


Washington, D.C

D.C. is all about the neighbourhood. Locals come together for block parties, enjoy time with one another at the dog parks, or share a conversation at the dozens of coffee shops. If you like a strong sense of community or plan to pursue a job in politics, Washington is where it’s at.


Minneapolis, Minnesota

Museums, sports stadiums, and other big-city amenities make Minneapolis larger than life, but this area manages to retain a small, Midwestern vibe. Residents experience a full four seasons that allow for plenty of outdoor activity. As for jobs, the area’s science sector is booming with companies like Xcel Energy and Medtronic.


Seattle, Washington

Whether you choose to live directly in the city or in the new generation of modern, luxury apartments in Bellevue, WA, you can expect a calm and patient atmosphere with plenty of nature to balance out the city amenities. Healthcare, tech, and maritime industries are experiencing major growth here, and its manufacturing roots still remain strong. Best of all, it doesn’t rain half as much as you might think.

Jessica Alexander

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