Top 16 Cities To Move To In The USA 2016

Top 16 Cities To Move To In The USA 2016
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Do you plan to move in the new year? Perhaps you are in search of better job opportunities or a more interesting place to call home. Whether you are moving for work or to build a new and exciting life in a great new city, here is a list of the top 16 US cities to move to in 2016.

1. Bellevue, Washington. If you are an outdoorsy type, then Bellevue is for you. A mid-sized Seattle suburb, Bellevue is conveniently near the city but still close to nature. Surrounded by lakes and mountains, Bellevue is a great option for the nature-loving city type.

2. Madison, Wisconsin. With a great school system, a strong economy, and an award-winning healthcare system, Madison is a great option for families, young couples, or retirees.

3. Santa Barbara, California. With beautiful beaches and breathtaking mountain views, Santa Barbara is one of California’s most desirable cities.

4. Boulder, Colorado. Whether you come for the skiing or the liberal mindset, Boulder combines pristine natural beauty with arts and cultural attractions.

5. Palo Alto, California. With a great school system and socially aware residents, Palo Alto is another great California destination.

6. Ann Arbor, Michigan. Education is one of Ann Arbor’s biggest draws. The University of Michigan makes Ann Arbor one of the best college towns in the country.

7. Iowa City, Iowa. Great schools and a highly-ranked healthcare system make Iowa City a great place to call home. The University of Iowa is located here, making it a culturally attractive college town.

8. San Mateo, California. Its diversity and tech-forward population coupled with a rich history and a variety of local attractions make San Mateo a great place to call home.

9. For Collins, Colorado. With a great local micro-beer industry and plenty of outdoor activities, Fort Collins is an excellent option for young professionals.

10. Overland Park, Kansas. This town features great schools, a variety of recreational facilities, a stable economy, and multiple entertainment options.

11. Fargo, North Dakota. One of the best options for new college grads, Fargo is an excellent option for job seekers.

12. Rockville, Maryland. A cute town with lots of character, Rockville has excellent schools and a thriving economy.

13. Ashland, Oregon. A small town with big charm, Ashland is full of green spaces and beautifully restored historic buildings.

14. Santa Cruz, California. A hotspot for surfers, Santa Cruz is known for its beautiful redwood forests and laid-back lifestyle.

15. Olympia, Washington. A variety of educational institutions and beautiful natural surroundings make Olympia an excellent place to call home.

16. Charlottesville, Virginia. With affordable housing and an active cultural scene, Charlottesville is great for young professionals and growing families.

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  • Christine

    Thanks for the information, my vote is for Colorado or Oregon, I love those big open spaces and mountains!

  • Adeline Ee

    joining the list should also be Bend,Oregon and Flagstaff Arizona, for outdoor activities!

  • Sheila Chingwa

    Starting over in any of these places brings with it possibilities. Opportunities open up when one considers the weight of each area. Makes one ponder.

  • Debbie Peterson

    Rockville, Maryland is a good place to move if you want to work for
    the federal government. It’s right next to Washington, DC.
    Charlottesville is an adorable southern town.

  • Jhei

    It looks like it will be Bellevue, Washington for me! Suburb, near city, near nature, lakes, mountains… Just the words I wanna see in a description of a potential permanent residence. I hope there will be a follow up article on this that includes information about industries of employment, crime rate, average home prices, an so on…

  • Barbara Austin

    Ashland, Oregon and Bellevue, Washington are two great
    places in the Pacific Northwest. Great weather, good
    economies, and lots of activities for any lifestyle. People
    are accepting and kind. You have the best of the country
    and city living.

  • Toni Fontello

    Thanks for a list that includes different aspects of the cities in the U.S. Depending on the situation, people look for different factors when deciding where to move. The list gives a nice start when researching the best place to relocate.


    Madison ,Wisconsin will be my dream place to work.We all need good job opportunities,strong economy and good health care facilities.Oregon can be a dream place for working or living too for the people who love nature.

  • Ricardo

    Charolette,Virginia is a good place to move because of its affordable housing schemes and an active cultural scene.Variety of jobs is also very attractive definitely a town to settle in.

  • Yosleidis Fleitas

    Orlando should be on this list, it’s beautiful, it feels like everyone is on vacation and is a growing place. Lots of art movements! But of course my all time favorite…Washington DC.

  • Isabel

    I will opt for Boulder, CO. I love the outdoors, open spaces, pristine nature and small towns. Bellevue, Washington is a close second and maybe, Santa Barbara CA. Thanks for the list!

  • Daniel Ong

    Great article on the necessary information on the different cities in USA to move to! Definitely, this has to be dependent on your needs and the things you are looking out for which may differ differently from person to person! But I am certainly glad that it is a great summary compilation on the unique features of each city!

  • Samantha

    Finally, a list of top cities! I am intending to make it my goal to visit all of them this year and the next, maybe something good will come along to inspire a big move!

  • Lakeyia Lugo

    This is a wonderful list. We got stationed in California and we love it so far. I think that these places would make a great place to live but they do come with a whole new responsibility. You have to make sure that you are steady and that you can find work as well as afford the place you are staying in. You know moving can be tough but if done for the right reasons can be a great opportunity.

  • Jenn T

    I saw several cities on this list I would love to move to. I am an outdoors person, and love the mountains, I was happy to see a couple cities from Colorado on there and hope to make my home there someday.

  • tina

    thank you for the list. i think Santa Barbara sounds cool, beautiful beaches and breathtaking mountain views. who doesn’t want that kind of view. such a great place to live in.

  • Casandra Snyder

    Living in Bellevue sounds like a dream come true! I’ve considered living in the northwest for some time now, but this useful article may have convinced me! Ashland sounds almost as appealing, for that matter.

  • Dayn Rielle

    Wonderful list of places to consider moving to. I prefer a not-so-busy environment but with great amenities and education, not to mention job opportunities. Olympia would be a great place to start and in view of Rockville’s booming economy, that will be a good place to settle down career-wise.

  • Maury Cheskes

    The U.S. definitely has a wide range of landscapes. California scored pretty high on that list with four different cities. As far as tourism goes, San Francisco would probably be a top destination with Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge.

  • Raju

    what a wonderful information? Iam interesting in california. I think it is nice place for my carrer.

  • Jessie

    Having moved across country several times – and having lived in or near some of the cities listed – my advice is to take first a trip to any potential city you are considering. Nothing that you read online can compare to your own, personal experience of a new area. Also, take a look at the “Meetup” groups that are already formed in the city of your choice. This will give you a bit of insight into the local community interests.

  • Brenda Sawyer

    Charlottesville is a great college town. Large enough to have
    all the amenities, but with a small town vibe.

  • Joyce Cafritz

    My husband is being transferred to Fargo, ND in August.
    I was kind of upset about it because of the weather, but
    now I’m now I’m feeling better. I guess it will be easy for
    me to find some work too.

  • Chanchal Kumar Pal

    Very good information on the 16 top places of USA to move in given by the article by the author. Going through the article, I think moving to Bellevue, Washington would be a great idea because the place is close to nature and surrounded by lakes and mountains and so we can breathe in the fresh air and refresh ourselves after a hectic week.

  • Athan

    The places on the list all seem positively described. Words can really be persuasive. I personally prefer to look at statistics though. But thank you for the information nonetheless.

  • Courtney Boucher

    I’m so happy to see that Ann Arbor, Michigan made this list! It is probably my favorite place to visit and explore. I’m also glad to see Boulder, Colorado is on here. I’ve always wanted to go, based on what I’ve heard, and this just makes me want to go even more.

  • Sumiko Murphy

    Madison Wisconsin is cold in the winter, but their schools are excellent. It’s
    a very well-run city, and there are a lot of things to do as a family. I have
    friend who live there and they love it.

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