Great Cities to Live In

Posted July 7th, 2010
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When we think of city living, generally we think of crowds, traffic jams, and higher costs in housing, homeowners insurance, and more. But there are some great cities out there, both in terms of the costs of living and the amount of recreation that is available.

While most people don’t have the luxury of just pulling up stakes and moving across the country, those who are seeking work or looking for better work in a difficult economy might consider expanding their search to include these cities. Not only are they family friendly, but they have strong economies with above average employment opportunities. Here are some of the best cities in the United States to live in:

  • Austin, Texas. The capitol of Texas, this city of over 700,000 is a great place for young families. The music scene is amongst the most lively and diverse in the whole country, and many of the events are kid friendly.
  • Nashville, Tennessee. Another great place to raise a family that is filled with musical entertainment. And again, much of it is family friendly. We know when some people think of Nashville, all they see are boots and cowboy hats, but even if you’re not a country music fan, there is plenty to see and do here.
  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Despite its reputation as a tough steel town, this city has some really nice neighborhoods, with homes that are a steal compared to other cities. The economy is strong and diverse, and there is plenty to do in terms of shopping and entertainment.

  • Iowa City, Iowa. This isn’t the biggest city on the list, but it’s one of the best. Located deep in the Midwest, where there aren’t many large cities, you find not only affordable housing, but just about any shopping or entertainment you would want to find in a home city.
  • Ithaca, New York. Situated in the Finger Lakes wine country, this is a fantastic place to visit or live. There are tons of great restaurants and, of course, the vineyards and wineries. Additionally, you are located near 11 pristine lakes, with all of the recreation they afford.

  • Albuquerque, New Mexico. One of the most affordable places to live in the Southwest, Albuquerque has a fascinating blend of culture, with Anglo, American Indian, and Latino influences all clearly seen. It’s also a great place of natural beauty, being surrounded by mountains and dormant volcanoes.

While the list is by no means exhaustive, these are some of the better places to live in the country. Homeowners insurance rates reflect the lower crime in these cities, and there’s plenty to do in all of them. So, if you’re fortunate enough to be able to look for a new place to live, or unfortunate enough to have to, take a good look at the cities listed. You have to live somewhere. It might as well be one of the best cities in America.

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