Best Cities for All Stages of Life

Find out how we picked the 25 top spots and learn more about our favorite cities.

Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine teamed up with Richard Florida, author of The Rise of the Creative Class to pick the 25 best cities for its June issue. Below you'll find a breakdown of how our top places were selected. We also have multi-media extras you'll find only on Check out our slide shows of the best cities for each stage of life, our tool that will help you pick the best city for you and a webcast of our interview with Richard Florida.

Criteria for Our Best Cities Picks

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