10 Most Livable Small & Midsize U.S. Cities

A new report ranks under-the-radar cities offering quality, affordable urban living across America.

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The past few years have seen cities across the U.S. experience significant population turnover. From COVID fears to shifting job opportunities to sticky inflation, Americans have been voting with their feet in large numbers. 

Those looking around for greener, urban pastures could find a useful starting point in Livability's latest ranking of "Best Places To Live in the U.S." The recently released report recognizes unsung metro areas that balance opportunity, amenities and cost of living. 

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CityLivScoreRegionPopulationMed. Home Value
Johns Creek, GA877South82,493$453,747
Flower Mound, TX872South81,173$423,603
Carmel, IN866Midwest103,628$388,578
Broomfield, CO855West76,856$491,306
Sugar Land, TX854South118,604$361,907
Cary, NC849South180,391$438,130
Overland Park, KS849Midwest200,773$353,316
Fishers, IN848Midwest103,610$331,594
Naperville, IL841Midwest149,293$438,434
Troy, MI837Midwest87,252$352,806

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Ben Demers manages digital content and engagement at Kiplinger, informing readers through a range of personal finance articles, e-newsletters, social media, syndicated content, and videos. He is passionate about helping people lead their best lives through sound financial behavior, particularly saving money at home and avoiding scams and identity theft. Ben graduated with an M.P.S. from Georgetown University and a B.A. from Vassar College. He joined Kiplinger in May 2017.