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Study: America’s 50 best cities to live

America’s 50 best cities to live | To identify the best cities to live in, 24/7 Wall St. used data from the Census Bureau, FBI and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to create a weighted index of 25 measures across four categories: affordability, economy, quality of life and community.
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Study: America’s 50 best cities to live

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To identify the best cities to live in, 24/7 Wall St. used data from the Census Bureau, FBI and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to create a weighted index of 25 measures across four categories: affordability, economy, quality of life and community.
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America’s 50 best cities to live
America’s 50 best cities to live | To identify the best cities to live in, 24/7 Wall St. used data from the Census Bureau, FBI and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to create a weighted index of 25 measures across four categories: affordability, economy, quality of life and community.
America’s 50 best cities to live | To identify the best cities to live in, 24/7 Wall St. used data from the Census Bureau, FBI and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to create a weighted index of 25 measures across four categories: affordability, economy, quality of life and community. (DenisTangneyJr / E+ via Getty Images)
50. Windsor, California
50. Windsor, California | Population: 27,447 - 5-yr. population change: +1.2% - Median household income: $106,899 - 5-yr. unemployment rate: 4.1%
50. Windsor, California | Population: 27,447 - 5-yr. population change: +1.2% - Median household income: $106,899 - 5-yr. unemployment rate: 4.1% (Weriset Photos / iStock via Getty Images)
49. Herndon, Virginia
49. Herndon, Virginia | Population: 24,532 - 5-yr. population change: +1.6% - Median household income: $111,371 - 5-yr. unemployment rate: 4.1%
49. Herndon, Virginia | Population: 24,532 - 5-yr. population change: +1.6% - Median household income: $111,371 - 5-yr. unemployment rate: 4.1% (krblokhin / iStock via Getty Images)
48. Healdsburg, California
48. Healdsburg, California | Population: 11,845 - 5-yr. population change: +3.3% - Median household income: $96,016 - 5-yr. unemployment rate: 2.9%
48. Healdsburg, California | Population: 11,845 - 5-yr. population change: +3.3% - Median household income: $96,016 - 5-yr. unemployment rate: 2.9% (Tomsmith585 / iStock Editorial via Getty Images)
47. Scotts Valley, California
47. Scotts Valley, California | Population: 11,863 - 5-yr. population change: +1.3% - Median household income: $108,289 - 5-yr. unemployment rate: 3.6%
47. Scotts Valley, California | Population: 11,863 - 5-yr. population change: +1.3% - Median household income: $108,289 - 5-yr. unemployment rate: 3.6% (kenlund / Flickr)
46. New Rochelle, New York
46. New Rochelle, New York | Population: 79,067 - 5-yr. population change: +0.8% - Median household income: $81,311 - 5-yr. unemployment rate: 6.1%
46. New Rochelle, New York | Population: 79,067 - 5-yr. population change: +0.8% - Median household income: $81,311 - 5-yr. unemployment rate: 6.1% (DenisTangneyJr / Getty Images)
45. Goleta, California
45. Goleta, California | Population: 30,975 - 5-yr. population change: +2.1% - Median household income: $98,005 - 5-yr. unemployment rate: 5.5%
45. Goleta, California | Population: 30,975 - 5-yr. population change: +2.1% - Median household income: $98,005 - 5-yr. unemployment rate: 5.5% (ClaudineVM / iStock via Getty Images)
44. Revere, Massachusetts
44. Revere, Massachusetts | Population: 53,692 - 5-yr. population change: +0.8% - Median household income: $62,568 - 5-yr. unemployment rate: 5.4%
44. Revere, Massachusetts | Population: 53,692 - 5-yr. population change: +0.8% - Median household income: $62,568 - 5-yr. unemployment rate: 5.4% (Pianoplaya16 / Wikimedia Commons)
43. Harrison, New Jersey
43. Harrison, New Jersey | Population: 17,213 - 5-yr. population change: +19.2% - Median household income: $69,604 - 5-yr. unemployment rate: 5.6%
43. Harrison, New Jersey | Population: 17,213 - 5-yr. population change: +19.2% - Median household income: $69,604 - 5-yr. unemployment rate: 5.6% (By West Hudson - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=66121660 / Wikimedia Commons)
42. Westfield, New Jersey
42. Westfield, New Jersey | Population: 29,877 - 5-yr. population change: -2.5% - Median household income: $170,798 - 5-yr. unemployment rate: 2.7%
42. Westfield, New Jersey | Population: 29,877 - 5-yr. population change: -2.5% - Median household income: $170,798 - 5-yr. unemployment rate: 2.7% (wdstock / iStock Editorial via Getty Images)
41. Chelsea, Massachusetts
41. Chelsea, Massachusetts | Population: 39,992 - 5-yr. population change: +7.8% - Median household income: $56,802 - 5-yr. unemployment rate: 4.7%
41. Chelsea, Massachusetts | Population: 39,992 - 5-yr. population change: +7.8% - Median household income: $56,802 - 5-yr. unemployment rate: 4.7% (DenisTangneyJr / iStock via Getty Images)
40. Lake Forest, Illinois
40. Lake Forest, Illinois | Population: 19,173 - 5-yr. population change: +1.4% - Median household income: $172,165 - 5-yr. unemployment rate: 4.0%
40. Lake Forest, Illinois | Population: 19,173 - 5-yr. population change: +1.4% - Median household income: $172,165 - 5-yr. unemployment rate: 4.0% (BSPollard / Getty Images)
39. Lone Tree, Colorado
39. Lone Tree, Colorado | Population: 12,923 - 5-yr. population change: +4.8% - Median household income: $120,392 - 5-yr. unemployment rate: 2.8%
39. Lone Tree, Colorado | Population: 12,923 - 5-yr. population change: +4.8% - Median household income: $120,392 - 5-yr. unemployment rate: 2.8% (kenlund / Flickr)
38. Bellaire, Texas
38. Bellaire, Texas | Population: 18,815 - 5-yr. population change: +7.3% - Median household income: $206,734 - 5-yr. unemployment rate: 2.0%
38. Bellaire, Texas | Population: 18,815 - 5-yr. population change: +7.3% - Median household income: $206,734 - 5-yr. unemployment rate: 2.0% (Wiki name / Wikimedia Commons)
37. Durango, Colorado
37. Durango, Colorado | Population: 18,588 - 5-yr. population change: +7.6% - Median household income: $66,160 - 5-yr. unemployment rate: 4.8%
37. Durango, Colorado | Population: 18,588 - 5-yr. population change: +7.6% - Median household income: $66,160 - 5-yr. unemployment rate: 4.8% (KaraGrubis / Getty Images)
36. Palm Beach, Florida
36. Palm Beach, Florida | Population: 8,723 - 5-yr. population change: +4.5% - Median household income: $141,348 - 5-yr. unemployment rate: 2.3%
36. Palm Beach, Florida | Population: 8,723 - 5-yr. population change: +4.5% - Median household income: $141,348 - 5-yr. unemployment rate: 2.3% (felixmizioznikov / iStock via Getty Images)
35. Bainbridge Island, Washington
35. Bainbridge Island, Washington | Population: 24,486 - 5-yr. population change: +5.5% - Median household income: $117,990 - 5-yr. unemployment rate: 3.1%
35. Bainbridge Island, Washington | Population: 24,486 - 5-yr. population change: +5.5% - Median household income: $117,990 - 5-yr. unemployment rate: 3.1% (SEASTOCK / iStock via Getty Images)
34. Vienna, Virginia
34. Vienna, Virginia | Population: 16,489 - 5-yr. population change: +2.0% - Median household income: $161,196 - 5-yr. unemployment rate: 2.4%
34. Vienna, Virginia | Population: 16,489 - 5-yr. population change: +2.0% - Median household income: $161,196 - 5-yr. unemployment rate: 2.4% (ingveeh / Flickr)
33. Chatham, New Jersey
33. Chatham, New Jersey | Population: 8,816 - 5-yr. population change: -2.0% - Median household income: $192,321 - 5-yr. unemployment rate: 5.2%
33. Chatham, New Jersey | Population: 8,816 - 5-yr. population change: -2.0% - Median household income: $192,321 - 5-yr. unemployment rate: 5.2% (dougtone / Flickr)
32. Belmont, Massachusetts
32. Belmont, Massachusetts | Population: 26,113 - 5-yr. population change: +3.7% - Median household income: $129,380 - 5-yr. unemployment rate: 4.0%
32. Belmont, Massachusetts | Population: 26,113 - 5-yr. population change: +3.7% - Median household income: $129,380 - 5-yr. unemployment rate: 4.0% (baystatebuildings / Flickr)
31. San Francisco, California
31. San Francisco, California | Population: 874,961 - 5-yr. population change: +5.5% - Median household income: $112,449 - 5-yr. unemployment rate: 4.2%
31. San Francisco, California | Population: 874,961 - 5-yr. population change: +5.5% - Median household income: $112,449 - 5-yr. unemployment rate: 4.2% (bluejayphoto / Getty Images)
30. Winchester, Massachusetts
30. Winchester, Massachusetts | Population: 22,738 - 5-yr. population change: +4.0% - Median household income: $169,623 - 5-yr. unemployment rate: 2.0%
30. Winchester, Massachusetts | Population: 22,738 - 5-yr. population change: +4.0% - Median household income: $169,623 - 5-yr. unemployment rate: 2.0% (dlyettefi / iStock via Getty Images)
29. West University Place, Texas
29. West University Place, Texas | Population: 15,603 - 5-yr. population change: +2.5% - Median household income: $250,000+ - 5-yr. unemployment rate: 2.6%
29. West University Place, Texas | Population: 15,603 - 5-yr. population change: +2.5% - Median household income: $250,000+ - 5-yr. unemployment rate: 2.6% (WhisperToMe / Wikimedia Commons)
28. Wellesley, Massachusetts
28. Wellesley, Massachusetts | Population: 28,747 - 5-yr. population change: -0.4% - Median household income: $197,132 - 5-yr. unemployment rate: 4.6%
28. Wellesley, Massachusetts | Population: 28,747 - 5-yr. population change: -0.4% - Median household income: $197,132 - 5-yr. unemployment rate: 4.6% (dougtone / Flickr)
27. Monterey, California
27. Monterey, California | Population: 28,352 - 5-yr. population change: +1.1% - Median household income: $80,694 - 5-yr. unemployment rate: 3.0%
27. Monterey, California | Population: 28,352 - 5-yr. population change: +1.1% - Median household income: $80,694 - 5-yr. unemployment rate: 3.0% (Dreamframer / iStock via Getty Images)
26. Santa Barbara, California
26. Santa Barbara, California | Population: 91,376 - 5-yr. population change: +1.9% - Median household income: $76,606 - 5-yr. unemployment rate: 3.8%
26. Santa Barbara, California | Population: 91,376 - 5-yr. population change: +1.9% - Median household income: $76,606 - 5-yr. unemployment rate: 3.8% (bpperry / Getty Images)
25. Summit, New Jersey
25. Summit, New Jersey | Population: 21,913 - 5-yr. population change: +0.4% - Median household income: $157,835 - 5-yr. unemployment rate: 5.5%
25. Summit, New Jersey | Population: 21,913 - 5-yr. population change: +0.4% - Median household income: $157,835 - 5-yr. unemployment rate: 5.5% (dougtone / Flickr)
24. Port Washington, New York
24. Port Washington, New York | Population: 15,808 - 5-yr. population change: -0.2% - Median household income: $141,667 - 5-yr. unemployment rate: 2.2%
24. Port Washington, New York | Population: 15,808 - 5-yr. population change: -0.2% - Median household income: $141,667 - 5-yr. unemployment rate: 2.2% (michaelgallagher / Flickr)
23. Hinsdale, Illinois
23. Hinsdale, Illinois | Population: 17,710 - 5-yr. population change: +4.8% - Median household income: $203,368 - 5-yr. unemployment rate: 2.9%
23. Hinsdale, Illinois | Population: 17,710 - 5-yr. population change: +4.8% - Median household income: $203,368 - 5-yr. unemployment rate: 2.9% (jferrer / Getty Images)
22. Solana Beach, California
22. Solana Beach, California | Population: 13,356 - 5-yr. population change: +1.6% - Median household income: $108,118 - 5-yr. unemployment rate: 3.2%
22. Solana Beach, California | Population: 13,356 - 5-yr. population change: +1.6% - Median household income: $108,118 - 5-yr. unemployment rate: 3.2% (Art Wager / Getty Images)
21. Coronado, California
21. Coronado, California | Population: 23,639 - 5-yr. population change: -2.9% - Median household income: $108,967 - 5-yr. unemployment rate: 4.3%
21. Coronado, California | Population: 23,639 - 5-yr. population change: -2.9% - Median household income: $108,967 - 5-yr. unemployment rate: 4.3% (boyce-d / Flickr)
20. Edgewater, New Jersey
20. Edgewater, New Jersey | Population: 12,403 - 5-yr. population change: +3.6% - Median household income: $127,221 - 5-yr. unemployment rate: 3.5%
20. Edgewater, New Jersey | Population: 12,403 - 5-yr. population change: +3.6% - Median household income: $127,221 - 5-yr. unemployment rate: 3.5% (dougtone / Flickr)
19. Somerville, Massachusetts
19. Somerville, Massachusetts | Population: 80,906 - 5-yr. population change: +4.3% - Median household income: $97,328 - 5-yr. unemployment rate: 3.3%
19. Somerville, Massachusetts | Population: 80,906 - 5-yr. population change: +4.3% - Median household income: $97,328 - 5-yr. unemployment rate: 3.3% (DenisTangneyJr / iStock via Getty Images)
18. Paradise Valley, Arizona
18. Paradise Valley, Arizona | Population: 14,362 - 5-yr. population change: +8.4% - Median household income: $211,393 - 5-yr. unemployment rate: 2.1%
18. Paradise Valley, Arizona | Population: 14,362 - 5-yr. population change: +8.4% - Median household income: $211,393 - 5-yr. unemployment rate: 2.1% (Focqus, LLC / Getty Images)
17. Highland Park, Texas
17. Highland Park, Texas | Population: 9,168 - 5-yr. population change: +4.2% - Median household income: $211,136 - 5-yr. unemployment rate: 1.4%
17. Highland Park, Texas | Population: 9,168 - 5-yr. population change: +4.2% - Median household income: $211,136 - 5-yr. unemployment rate: 1.4% (Ansem27 / Wikimedia Commons)
16. Brookline, Massachusetts
16. Brookline, Massachusetts | Population: 59,180 - 5-yr. population change: +0.3% - Median household income: $117,326 - 5-yr. unemployment rate: 2.8%
16. Brookline, Massachusetts | Population: 59,180 - 5-yr. population change: +0.3% - Median household income: $117,326 - 5-yr. unemployment rate: 2.8% (dougtone / Flickr)
15. Winnetka, Illinois
15. Winnetka, Illinois | Population: 12,428 - 5-yr. population change: +0.5% - Median household income: $250,000+ - 5-yr. unemployment rate: 2.4%
15. Winnetka, Illinois | Population: 12,428 - 5-yr. population change: +0.5% - Median household income: $250,000+ - 5-yr. unemployment rate: 2.4% (UrAveragePhotographer / Getty Images)
14. Darien, Connecticut
14. Darien, Connecticut | Population: 21,742 - 5-yr. population change: +2.6% - Median household income: $232,523 - 5-yr. unemployment rate: 4.9%
14. Darien, Connecticut | Population: 21,742 - 5-yr. population change: +2.6% - Median household income: $232,523 - 5-yr. unemployment rate: 4.9% (Jerry Dougherty / Wikimedia Commons)
13. Orinda, California
13. Orinda, California | Population: 19,646 - 5-yr. population change: +6.8% - Median household income: $223,217 - 5-yr. unemployment rate: 3.8%
13. Orinda, California | Population: 19,646 - 5-yr. population change: +6.8% - Median household income: $223,217 - 5-yr. unemployment rate: 3.8% (https://www.flickr.com/photos/sharonhahndarlin/)
12. Laguna Beach, California
12. Laguna Beach, California Population: 23,036 - 5-yr. population change: -0.3% - Median household income: $129,983 - 5-yr. unemployment rate: 6.0%
12. Laguna Beach, California Population: 23,036 - 5-yr. population change: -0.3% - Median household income: $129,983 - 5-yr. unemployment rate: 6.0% (TraceRouda / iStock via Getty Images)
11. Rye, New York
11. Rye, New York | Population: 15,820 - 5-yr. population change: -0.5% - Median household income: $192,688 - 5-yr. unemployment rate: 4.1%
11. Rye, New York | Population: 15,820 - 5-yr. population change: -0.5% - Median household income: $192,688 - 5-yr. unemployment rate: 4.1% (pocius / Flickr)
10. Hoboken, New Jersey
10. Hoboken, New Jersey | Population: 53,193 - 5-yr. population change: +2.3% - Median household income: $147,620 - 5-yr. unemployment rate: 3.0%
10. Hoboken, New Jersey | Population: 53,193 - 5-yr. population change: +2.3% - Median household income: $147,620 - 5-yr. unemployment rate: 3.0% (benedek / Getty Images)
9. San Marino, California
9. San Marino, California | Population: 13,194 - 5-yr. population change: -0.8% - Median household income: $166,607 - 5-yr. unemployment rate: 1.8%
9. San Marino, California | Population: 13,194 - 5-yr. population change: -0.8% - Median household income: $166,607 - 5-yr. unemployment rate: 1.8% (RussieseO / iStock via Getty Images)
8. Manhattan Beach, California
8. Manhattan Beach, California | Population: 35,500 - 5-yr. population change: -0.1% - Median household income: $153,023 - 5-yr. unemployment rate: 5.1%
8. Manhattan Beach, California | Population: 35,500 - 5-yr. population change: -0.1% - Median household income: $153,023 - 5-yr. unemployment rate: 5.1% (pedrosz / Flickr)
7. Newport Beach, California
7. Newport Beach, California | Population: 85,694 - 5-yr. population change: -1.0% - Median household income: $127,223 - 5-yr. unemployment rate: 3.1%
7. Newport Beach, California | Population: 85,694 - 5-yr. population change: -1.0% - Median household income: $127,223 - 5-yr. unemployment rate: 3.1% (DenisTangneyJr / E+ via Getty Images)
6. Malibu, California
6. Malibu, California | Population: 12,620 - 5-yr. population change: -1.6% - Median household income: $150,747 - 5-yr. unemployment rate: 3.5%
6. Malibu, California | Population: 12,620 - 5-yr. population change: -1.6% - Median household income: $150,747 - 5-yr. unemployment rate: 3.5% (watty_rugby / Flickr)
5. Los Altos, California
5. Los Altos, California | Population: 30,504 - 5-yr. population change: +2.5% - Median household income: $235,278 - 5-yr. unemployment rate: 3.3%
5. Los Altos, California | Population: 30,504 - 5-yr. population change: +2.5% - Median household income: $235,278 - 5-yr. unemployment rate: 3.3% (Coolcaesar / Wikimedia Commons)
4. Piedmont, California
4. Piedmont, California | Population: 11,317 - 5-yr. population change: +3.3% - Median household income: $224,659 - 5-yr. unemployment rate: 3.9%
4. Piedmont, California | Population: 11,317 - 5-yr. population change: +3.3% - Median household income: $224,659 - 5-yr. unemployment rate: 3.9% (sharonhahndarlin / Flickr)
3. Palo Alto, California
3. Palo Alto, California | Population: 66,573 - 5-yr. population change: +0.9% - Median household income: $158,271 - 5-yr. unemployment rate: 3.2%
3. Palo Alto, California | Population: 66,573 - 5-yr. population change: +0.9% - Median household income: $158,271 - 5-yr. unemployment rate: 3.2% (SpVVK / Getty Images)
2. Tiburon, California
2. Tiburon, California | Population: 9,144 - 5-yr. population change: +0.5% - Median household income: $154,915 - 5-yr. unemployment rate: 2.7%
2. Tiburon, California | Population: 9,144 - 5-yr. population change: +0.5% - Median household income: $154,915 - 5-yr. unemployment rate: 2.7% (svachalek / Flickr)
1. Burlingame, California
1. Burlingame, California | Population: 30,576 - 5-yr. population change: +3.2% - Median household income: $128,447 - 5-yr. unemployment rate: 4.7%
1. Burlingame, California | Population: 30,576 - 5-yr. population change: +3.2% - Median household income: $128,447 - 5-yr. unemployment rate: 4.7% (pikappa / iStock via Getty Images)
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