For nearly a decade now, the crew at Livability has put together a list of the Top 100 Best Places to Live in America. As it turns out, one Michigan town is very high on the list this year, coming in at No. 2. We should have some Michigan pride about this great showing.
“Every year, the list changes: we conduct exclusive studies and surveys, adjust our algorithm and add new variables and data points,” Livability.com states. “But one thing remains constant: We always start with the data. This year, we examined more than 2,300 cities based on more than 50 data points that are grouped into eight categories, measuring a city’s economic stability, housing, amenities, infrastructure, demographics, social and civic capital and health care. This is how we calculate each city’s LivScore.”
They add, “At Livability.com, we are passionate about finding the good and praising it, and each of these cities has something special to offer its residents. If you’re a young person looking for a fresh start, sick of living paycheck to paycheck due to insane rent prices and want to find a community that will welcome you with open arms, this list is for you. These 100 cities are welcoming, affordable and offer the space and opportunity to grow, both professionally and personally.”
So, which Michigan place is ranked No. 2 on the Best Places to Live in the U.S. tally? Ann Arbor. “Exciting things are happening in Ann Arbor,” Livability states. “The University of Michigan provides a robust and homegrown talent pipeline for healthcare and tech sectors, and the college’s presence keeps the city young at heart. Plus, A2 (feel free to call Ann Arbor by its nickname) is pioneering autonomous and connected vehicle technology… Well-designed trail systems, a passion for the arts, worldly restaurants, plus friendly, smart residents who are civically engaged are also among the reasons Ann Arbor is one of the best places to live in the U.S.” Check out the top 20 Best Places to Live in the U.S. below, and find the full list here!