The 9 best places to live in America today

Seattle, Washington

Seattle, with a population of 753,675, offers a calm atmosphere and proximity to nature, attracting residents with its tech, healthcare, and maritime industries. The average annual salary is $63,120, with a quality of life rating of 6.6 and a value index of 5.9.

Portland, Oregon

Portland, Oregon, home to 654,741 people, is known for its unique culture and major employers like Intel and Nike. The average annual salary is $55,330, with a quality of life rating of 6.7 and a value index of 6.0.

San Francisco, California

San Francisco, California, with 881,549 residents, is a tech and finance hub with a high cost of living. The average annual salary is $69,700, with a quality of life rating of 6.8 and a value index of 4.9.

Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota

Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, home to 3,629,190 people, offers a mix of big-city amenities and Midwestern charm, with jobs in science and retail sectors. The average annual salary is $56,030, with a quality of life rating of 7.1 and a value index of 7.7.

Des Moines, Iowa

Des Moines, Iowa, with a population of 214,237, attracts young families with its unique shops, restaurants, and strong job market in insurance. The average annual salary is $50,600, with a quality of life rating of 7.0 and a value index of 8.4.

Fayetteville, Arkansas

Fayetteville, Arkansas, home to 87,590 people, is experiencing rapid growth and hosts the University of Arkansas and several Fortune 500 company headquarters. The average annual salary is $45,830, with a quality of life rating of 7.5 and a value index of 8.2.

Colorado Springs, Colorado

Colorado Springs, Colorado, with 478,221 residents, is known for its proximity to Denver and world-class ski resorts, offering jobs in military, medical innovation, and tech. The average annual salary is $50,050, with a quality of life rating of 7.0 and a value index of 6.6.

Denver, Colorado

Denver, Colorado, home to 478,221 people, is famous for its proximity to the Rockies and a thriving cannabis industry. The average annual salary is $57,400, with a quality of life rating of 7.0 and a value index of 6.7.

Austin, Texas

Austin, Texas, gains about 150 new residents daily, drawn by its music, outdoor spaces, and cultural institutions. Known as "Silicon Hills" for its venture capital investments, Austin offers an average annual salary of $50,830, a quality of life rating of 7.3, and a value index of 6.8.