The Ten most Enjoyable Cities in the United States


Want to live your American dream? Here is the ranking of the ten cities of the United States the most pleasant to live, prepared by the magazine U.S. News & World Report.

Cost of living, proximity to quality schools, safety, transportation, easy accommodation … U.S. News & World Report magazine has met many criteria to establish its ranking of cities where life is good in the United States. Here is the top 10.

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The capital of Utah, a state in the center-west of the United States, has 2.3 million inhabitants, including its metropolitan area. It is one of the most snow-laden cities in the country, which is also an advantage: there are many ski resorts nearby. It is a very green city where there are many parks. Main tourist site: Temple Square, a 40,000-square-foot complex of gardens and buildings belonging to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons).

  • 9 : Des Moines, Iowa

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Des Moines, 600,000 inhabitants only, is the city of banks and insurance companies. Said like that, it’s moderately attractive. However, the millenials (15-30 years) plebiscite for its covered walkways that can walk the city on foot (rare in the US!), Vintage shops, bars …

  • 8 : Boston, Massachussets

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Located halfway between New York and the Canadian border, Boston is a coastal city with a population of 4.7 million. It draws in particular through its colonial historic center to the old cobblestone streets.

  • 7 : Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina

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It is not strictly speaking a city, but a very economically dynamic region, called the Triangle. It has 1.7 million inhabitants and is constantly gaining. Local employers are called IBM, Cisco Systems, SAS Institute … Tourism is perhaps not its strongest point.

  • 6 : Seattle, Washington

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Nestled between the Pacific and the mountains, this agglomeration of 3.6 million inhabitants, undeniably has a small side bobo: nature nearby (and wild), jobs in health and high-tech … It is also a city industrial, with the presence of Boeing.

  • 5 : Fayetteville, Arkansas

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City of 500 000 inhabitants, it is at the foot of the Ozark Mountains. In two words: wild and beautiful. The city is growing rapidly. This is where the headquarters of Walmart, the US supermarket giant, is located.

  • 4 : Washington DC

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With nearly 6 million inhabitants, the US federal capital is seduced by its historic buildings, old neighborhoods and parks. It’s also a busy city, not just in the White House.

  • 3 : San Jose, California

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This agglomeration of nearly 2 million people is considered the capital of Silicon Valley. Suffice to say that employers side as prestigious universities, this sector is well endowed. The city has many parks and tourist attractions.

  • 2 : Denver, Colorado

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300 days of sunshine a year … That’s an argument, right? The city (2.7 million inhabitants) is at the foot of the Rockies. Ski resorts are an hour away. It is a very lively city, famous for its micro-breweries. Since 2012, she has licensed cannabis, which is fueling a very lucrative business.

  • 1 : Austin, Texas

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The Texas capital (1.8 million) attracts 50 new residents every day. It presents itself as the city of music (150 venues and lots of big festivals!), Open spaces and culture, including the Blanton Museum of Art (17,500 works on display). But Austin is also home to famous companies like Dell, Apple, IBM, Hewlett-Packard or Texas Instruments. It is nicknamed Silicon Hills, in reference to its rival Silicon Valley.


About Dawn Richard

In addition to writing for NextColumn, Dawn Richard contributes to other publications including Sensiblereason and Natural News. He studied Computer Science and Journalism at Boston University, and also worked in BBC as well as in the public sectors.

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