Editors' pick: Originally published Jan. 26.
Looking for a change of scenery? Is your current city too expensive, isolated, or even boring?
If you're considering moving to a new area, then look no further. Livability.com, a division of Journal Communications, has released its third annual list of the Best Places to Live.
Livability surveyed 2,000 American adults about what qualities they believe are important in the communities in which they live and the ones to which they might one day consider moving. The company also pulled data from sources such as the U.S. Census Bureau, the U.S. Departments of Housing and Urban Affairs and Education, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
Cities throughout the U.S. with populations between 20,000 and 350,000 were then ranked across eight categories: amenities, demographics, economy, education, health care, housing, social and civic capital, and transportation and infrastructure.
As a result, the cities on this list can be trusted to have respectable schools, low crime and high quality amenities such as parks, natural and built environments, and arts and culture. These cities are also affordable; racially, ethnically and economically diverse; and conducive to residents' flexibility in choosing a hospital, school, park and manner of commuting.
Click through to see the 15 Best Places to Live in the U.S.:
15. Fargo, North Dakota
Median Household Income: $45,458
Median Home Price: $157,900
The largest city in North Dakota, Fargo is considered to be one of the best cities for job seekers and college grads. Residents can spend time in the museums, galleries and Art Deco theater palace, or explore the many restaurants and outdoor activities throughout the city.
14. Overland Park, Kansas
Median Household Income: $71,094
Median Home Price: $223,800
One of the best cities for families, Overland Park is considered one of the top places to live due to its low crime rate, various entertainment options and stable economy. Residents can also take advantage of the city's indoor and outdoor recreational facilities, top-notch schools and great restaurants.
13. Fort Collins, Colorado
Median Household Income: $53,780
Median Home Price: $247,800
Fort Collins, one of the healthiest cities in the U.S., boasts award winning schools, beautiful outdoor facilities, and a flourishing arts scene. Additionally, residents can visit any of the unique breweries, shops and restaurants located in the area.