The List of 15 Best Places in USA to live and Retire in 2021 & 2022


Where to live, where to live? This is currently the most concerned issue for many Americans. As people seek to sell, look for changes in scenery, and find a place to happily retire in 2021 and beyond, the best places to live results from U.S. News and World Report help reveal which U.S. locations are truly worthy of long-term settlement and transportation.

To help Americans make the smartest decisions about where to live (and thrive!), U.S. News studied data from the country’s 150 most populous metropolitan areas, including data from the U.S. Census Bureau, FBI, and U.S. The Ministry of Labor and its internal resources. It then evaluated and categorized the data based on criteria such as housing affordability, retirees' taxes, desirability, job market strength, and happiness/quality of life (see the full methodology here).

The top-ranked best place to live in the United States is Boulder, Colorado. According to the calculations of the report, Boulder had the highest total score of 7.6, and a quality of life score of 8.8. Raleigh and Durham, North Carolina, tied for second place following Boulder. These southern cities are closely followed by Huntsville, Alabama, Fayetteville, Arkansas, and Austin, Texas. Surprised that somewhere in Florida did not make the top five? To be honest, we were also a little surprised. Although a large number of Americans are flocking to sunny Florida today (especially for retirement), the first Florida destination to appear in this lineup is Naples, which is ranked 7th, followed by Saskatchewan, which is ranked 9th, Lasota.


The 15 Best U.S. Cities to Live in, According to the U.S. News & World Report

  • Boulder, Colo.
  • Raleigh and Durham, N.C.
  • Huntsville, Ala.
  • Fayetteville, Ark.
  • Austin, Texas
  • Colorado Springs, Colo.
  • Naples, Fla.
  • Portland, Maine
  • Sarasota, Fla.
  • Portland, Ore.
  • Boise, Idaho
  • Ann Arbor, Mich
  • Des Moines, Iowa
  • Denver, Colo.
  • San Francisco, Calif.


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