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The top ten best cities for the next ten years

“We live in challenging times. Unemployment remains high, and the U.S. lead in technology and science is slipping as many foreign countries gain ground. But some U.S. cities, though slowed by the Great Recession, still thrive by lifting good old American innovation to new levels. And that will help put more Americans back to work and keep our international edge,” says the staff at Kiplinger who recently named the top 10 best cities for the next ten years.

With news of Austin being in the top spot, broker Krisstina Wise of The Goodlife Team said, “Austin is the place to be. First of all, unemployment in Austin is 6.8% compared to 9.8% nationally. Austin has been recognized on many top 10 lists including very recently: #1 of top 10 best cities for the next decade, #1 state for business, [and] Williamson Country [is] one of the fast growing counties in the US. And, Austin is simply a great place to live–a good life/work balance focused on health and family while being socially liberal in nature. Austinites embrace & inspire entrepreneurialism and supports local business– while housing, relative to the superior lifestyle, is very affordable. Austin is definitely the place to be for the next decade.”

Is your city in the top 10 best cities? Do you think this list is accurate? Tell us in comments what you think of the top 10 below.

Top 10 best cities for the next decade:

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Lani is the COO and News Director at The American Genius, has co-authored a book, co-founded BASHH, Austin Digital Jobs, Remote Digital Jobs, and is a seasoned business writer and editorialist with a penchant for the irreverent.



  1. Jeff Belonger

    August 31, 2010 at 5:16 pm

    Lani… very interesting, because I have seen some different lists of the top 10 cities and half of the cities were different than what was mentioned. I will say this, that I have heard many excellent things about Austin. And just from some of the other places mentioned, they certainly seem clean.

    Overall, I would think that the top cities would be because…
    — Little crime
    — Great schools
    — great for families… between the activities, family safety, etc, etc
    — Cleanliness
    — job growth and able to keep jobs

    I am sure that I left a few out… thanks for the list and for the thoughts from this article.

  2. Ken Montville

    August 31, 2010 at 5:36 pm

    I have no idea how or why DC got to be #3 unless it’s because I’m just down the street in the MD Suburbs of DC. I guess it’s all the money floating around from all the lobbyists. 🙂

  3. Chris Lengquist

    August 31, 2010 at 11:10 pm

    Topeka? Really? I live in Kansas and don’t agree with that! 🙂

  4. Ruthmarie Hicks

    September 1, 2010 at 1:35 am

    West Hartford CT??? I don’t think so.

  5. Jason Improta - Calabasas Homes for Sale

    September 1, 2010 at 3:10 pm

    I love that 3 of the 4 responses so far live in or around the cities on the list and completely disagree. Funny.

  6. Sara Bonert

    September 1, 2010 at 4:00 pm

    I was born and raised in IA and a lot of my friends live in Des Moines. Over the years as I have lived in various ‘bigger cities’, people have always sort of made fun of Midwest small town living. But every time I go back, I marvel at what a great quality of life Iowans have. Things there just seem so much less complicated and the people, in general, are great to each other.

  7. Recyclage Electronique

    September 6, 2010 at 2:51 am

    Nice article. i like AUSTIN, but why TOPECA , i think it shouldn’t be there

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