12. San Mateo, California

Population: 98,601
Median Household Income: $85,669
Median Home Price: $710,700

San Mateo is one of the most diverse cities in Silicon Valley and is filled with parks, historic buildings and great restaurants. Sustainability is very important to the city leaders and residents, many of whom use local buses and the commuter rail service to get to work

11. Walnut Creek, California

Population: 65,122
Median Household Income: $81,593
Median Home Price: $585,000

Named one of the best foodie cities, with so many restaurants supported by local farmers markets, Walnut Creek also offers high-quality schools and various indoor and outdoor recreational activities. Residents are also very active in their community, especially in the political scene.

10. Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Population: 157,675
Median Household Income: $51,672
Median Home Price: $152,200

Throughout the year, residents of Sioux Falls can take advantage of the city's great schools, sporting events, live music, art shows, festivals and hundreds of restaurants. The city also boasts more than 70 parks and greenways and a 1.3 million-square-foot shopping center, in addition to beautiful views of the cascades of the Big Sioux River.

9. Iowa City, Iowa

Population: 69,314
Median Household Income: $41,410
Median Home Price: $180,900

The University of Iowa provides a number of opportunities for people to explore interesting classes and workshops, and the various different arts and entertainment options throughout Iowa City demonstrate the creativity of its residents. Iowa City is also known for its excellent health care and school district in addition to its great restaurants and shops.

8. Ann Arbor, Michigan

Population: 115,331
Median Household Income: $55,003
Median Home Price: $230,700

Named one of the best cities for liberals in 2014, Ann Arbor is also one of the best college towns in the country, thanks to the events and activities offered by the University of Michigan. Residents can also find countless ways to occupy their time in the city's restaurants, bookstores, art galleries, performance venues or one of the more than 150 parks throughout the area.

7. Bismarck, North Dakota

Population: 63,353
Median Household Income: $54,969
Median Home Price: $163,900 

An affordable housing market and a strong healthcare system make Bismark one of the best places to live in the U.S. The city, which is located on the east bank of the Missouri River, also has over 80 miles of trails, multiple golf courses and a lively downtown area for residents to enjoy.

6. Palo Alto, California

Population: 65,234
Median Household Income: $121,465
Median Home Price: $1,000,000


Residents of Palo Alto are active in the community and local politics, and many work at one of the prominent technology companies in the area. The beautiful parks and open spaces throughout the city provide residents with great places to unwind.

5. Boulder, Colorado

Population: 100,363
Median Household Income: $56,312
Median Home Price: $489,400

Boulder, another one of the best cities for liberals, offers a strong support of local farms, a prominent arts scene, a wide-range of shopping options and unparalleled scenic views. Most residents are very active and spend their time hiking, rock climbing, mountain biking, fishing and skiing in and around the city.

4. Santa Barbara, California

Population: 89,062
Median Household Income: $65,034
Median Home Price: $832,100

The beautiful weather, beaches and mountain views of Santa Barbara are not only a major attraction not only for tourists, but also for residents. The interesting culture, great health care, unique restaurants and top schools amplify the city's appeal.

3. Madison, Wisconsin

Population: 237,395
Median Household Income: $53,464
Median Home Price: $214,100

With one of the top rated health care systems in the country, Madison has been named one of the best places to live for the third year in a row and is also one of the top college towns in the U.S. The economy of the city is driven by its 33% minority population and high percentage of college-educated workers.

2. Bellevue, Washington

Population: 129,209
Median Household Income: $90,333
Median Home Price: $525,000

Throughout the year, residents of Bellevue can enjoy the beautiful parks, bike paths, museums, restaurants, and music venues. This city also has highly rated schools, famous festivals and fairs and a rising downtown area.

1. Rochester, Minnesota

Population: 108,179
Median Household Income: $62,575
Median Home Price: $163,700

According to Livability, the Best Place to Live in the United States is Rochester, due to the rapid growth in its schools, civil engagement and entertainment options. The city is home to the esteemed Mayo Clinic, which creates increased job opportunities and health care advantages.

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