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Top ten overall cities to live in and other top ten lists

Top 10 cities lists

Relocate America has released their Top 100 cities in America along with a list of other top 10s like the overall top 10, the top ten most affordable cities, the most earth friendly, recovering cities and even best retirement cities.

Although their methodology is unclear, says this is their 13th year releasing these lists and their reasoning is outlined in their blog.

If your city is featured or missing, what do you think of the lists below?

Overall Top 10 cities to live in:

  1. Huntsville, AL
  2. Washington, DC
  3. Austin, TX
  4. San Diego, CA
  5. San Antonio, TX
  6. Tulsa, OK
  7. Charlotte, NC
  8. Raleigh, NC
  9. Boulder, CO
  10. Minneapolis, MN

Top 10 Earth friendly cities

  1. Portland, OR
  2. Boston, MA
  3. Madison, WI
  4. Boulder, CO
  5. Austin, TX
  6. Chicago, IL
  7. Minneapolis, MN
  8. Fort Worth, TX
  9. Ann Arbor, MI
  10. Huntsville, AL

Top 10 recovery cities

  1. Huntsville, AL
  2. Austin, TX
  3. Las Cruces, NM
  4. Washington, DC
  5. San Antonio, TX
  6. McAllen, TX
  7. Billings, MT
  8. Albuquerque, NM
  9. Everett, WA
  10. Boulder, CO

Top 10 most affordable cities

  1. Tulsa, OK
  2. Valdosta, GA
  3. Columbus, OH
  4. Cincinnati, OH
  5. Rochester, NY
  6. Indianapolis, IN
  7. Harrisburg, PA
  8. McAllen, TX
  9. Greenville, SC
  10. Tampa, FL

Top 10 single/young professional cities

  1. Washington, DC
  2. Chicago, IL
  3. Dallas, TX
  4. San Diego, CA
  5. Boston, MA
  6. Austin, TX
  7. Scottsdale, AZ
  8. Minneapolis, MN
  9. Portland, OR
  10. Pittsburgh, PA

Top 10 college towns

  1. Madison, WI
  2. Ann Arbor, MI
  3. Austin, TX
  4. Burlington, VT
  5. Lincoln, NE
  6. Fort Collins, CO
  7. Ithaca, NY
  8. Bloomington, IN
  9. Boston, MA
  10. Lexington, KY

Top 10 retirement cities

  1. Asheville, NC
  2. Bella Vista, AR
  3. Green Valley, AZ
  4. Sarasota, FL
  5. Prescott, AZ
  6. Tampa, FL
  7. Greenville, SC
  8. San Antonio, TX
  9. Hot Springs Village, AR
  10. Colorado Springs, CO

Top 10 recreation cities

  1. Boulder, CO
  2. Santa Cruz, CA
  3. Flagstaff, AZ
  4. St. George, UT
  5. Ithaca, NY
  6. Corvallis, OR
  7. Salt Lake City, UT
  8. Stevens Point, WI
  9. Wilmington, NC
  10. Portland, ME

Top 10 small towns

  1. Grinnell, IA
  2. St. Augustine, FL
  3. Fairhope, AL
  4. Stillwater, MN
  5. Summit, NJ
  6. Ashland, OR
  7. Batavia, IL
  8. Ithaca, NY
  9. Peachtree City, GA
  10. Trumbull, CT

Top 10 large cities

  1. Chicago, IL
  2. Dallas, TX
  3. San Antonio, TX
  4. San Diego, CA
  5. Austin, TX
  6. Columbus, OH
  7. Charlotte, NC
  8. Boston, MA
  9. Washington, DC
  10. Portland, OR

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  1. Joe Loomer

    April 28, 2010 at 2:38 pm

    Not sure I would call this list reliable. Washington DC? Are you kidding me? Baltimore? As a place to live? I can understand some suburbs of both cities, but yuck-city – having been in that neck of the woods.

  2. Michael Bertoldi

    April 28, 2010 at 5:14 pm

    Looks like Alabama beats Texas in more ways than one this year! Ha!

    P.s. I was born and raised in Huntsville, Alabama and I love this city.

  3. Roscoe Properties

    April 28, 2010 at 5:24 pm

    I can’t believe my home town, Chicago, was ranked so many times…

    I’ve only been in Austin for about 5 years, and I love it, but I miss the changing of the seasons back home. Where is the poll for cities with the worst weather? I’m sure Chicago would rank for that one..

  4. BawldGuy

    April 29, 2010 at 11:25 am

    I’m with Joe. All credibility is lost when D.C. is listed ahead of San Diego. That’s such a silly call, it calls into question whether it’s a joke list.

    • Lani Rosales

      April 29, 2010 at 11:28 am

      I think you’re really just mad that Austin is so much better than San Diego that even a possibly flawed list knows it…. lol

    • Michael Bertoldi

      April 30, 2010 at 12:17 pm

      Don’t sweat it BawldGuy. Lani is picking on you because she needs somewhere to vent. She thought another list called the BCS was the last place she’d have to look up at Alabama for a while.

  5. Benn Rosales

    April 29, 2010 at 11:36 am

    DC is getting high marks because the job sector is booming making it a relo destination for graduating and young professionals. Dems equates to growing government- makes sense. 🙂 I’m sure they’d prefer to live in Sunny San Diego or Baltimore, or Austin…

  6. John Joseph

    January 28, 2011 at 11:16 pm

    This many lists without a single city from WA on them is hard to believe the author must of had a bad relationship with someone from WA. Total BUNK

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