The 10 Best Places to Live in the U.S. in 2022-2023

After ranking No. 30 in 2021, Nashville moves up five spots to make the top 25 this year.

1. Nashville, Tennessee

Like many other Florida metro areas, Jacksonville is considered by many to be a desirable place to live.

2. Jacksonville, Florida

Salt Lake City scores high for its housing affordability compared to the area’s median household income,

3. Salt Lake City

This year, Portland fell in the ranks from No. 10 to No. 22, but U.S.

4. Portland, Oregon

may be the most populous metro area in the U.S., but New York’s capital offers more affordability

5. Albany, New York

Melbourne takes the No. 20 spot in the Best Places to Live ranking this year, largely due to its rapid population growth from net migration.

6. Melbourne, Florida

The District of Columbia jumps nine spots this year to No.

7. Washington, D.C.

At No. 18 on the overall Best Places to Live list, Boston gets especially high marks for its quality of life.

8. Boston

Madison takes the No. 17 spot in the Best Places to Live ranking, in large part due to the metro area’s quality of life scores

9. Madison, Wisconsin

If you’re looking for a more affordable place to live, the Grand Rapids metro area in western Michigan may be the right place for you.

10. Grand Rapids, Michigan