REPORT: These are the most livable US cities in 2023, study finds

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(NEXSTAR) – As people continue to shift back to pre-pandemic social and recreational activities — even if they are still working remotely — a new study has broken down the best U.S. cities in which to work, learn, hang out and generally enjoy oneself in 2023.

Niche, a data analysis company, used Census data, surveys and other info sources to break down the best cities in the U.S., taking into account the cost of living, safety, school quality, nightlife, walkability, outdoor activities and more.

See the top five for 2023 below:

  1. Cambridge, Massachusetts
  2. Arlington, Virginia
  3. The Woodlands, Texas
  4. Naperville, Illinois
  5. Berkeley, California

The full list follows:

Place Metro area State 2023 ranking 2022 ranking 2021 ranking
Cambridge Boston Area Massachusetts 1 2 5
Arlington Washington, D.C. Area Virginia 2 4 2
The Woodlands Houston Area Texas 3 1 1
Naperville Chicago Area Illinois 4 3 3
Columbia Baltimore Area Maryland 5 7 8
Berkeley San Francisco Bay Area California 6 8 9
Irvine Los Angeles Area California 7 10 11
Ann Arbor Detroit Area Michigan 8 6 6
Overland Park Kansas City Area Kansas 9 5 4
Bellevue Seattle Area Washington 10 11 10
Plano Dallas-Fort Worth Area Texas 11 9 7
Richardson Dallas-Fort Worth Area Texas 12 12 12
Seattle Seattle Area Washington 13 13 13
Sunnyvale San Francisco Bay Area California 14 16 16
San Francisco San Francisco Bay Area California 15 14 15
Santa Clara San Francisco Bay Area California 16 24 23
Madison Madison Area Wisconsin 17 15 14
Sandy Springs Atlanta Area Georgia 18 22 19
Raleigh Raleigh Area North Carolina 19 17 17

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  1. Having multiple bay area cities and using cost of living as a factor shows this survey is a joke. This is literally one of the highest cost of living areas in the entire nation and they are not considered safe places by any measure which should have automatically discluded them.

  2. Bwahahahaha!! I’m sure Buffy made Sunnyvale the perfect city to live in! Oh, and I live in NC! Raleigh’s a liberal Mecca!

  3. In the pattern of these cities, I am surprised Chicago and NYC failed to make the list. Such a sham and lie. Shows why you never believe a single poll you read. They are all a farce.

  4. berkeley…..are you kidding? Who the hell would want to live in the land of the fruits, nuts, gays and despicable democrats. If I had to live in california, I would move to europe. These cities are a joke. All liberal shitholes. Look how many in california. People are trying to get out of there, who would want to live there except the elite who have big money and don’t live like the rest of America. There is no room for the little guy, except the homeless.


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