The 10 best places to live in America

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The 10 best places to live in America

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Website Livability.com rolled out its fourth annual list of the Top 100 Best Places to Live in the United States. The company looked at more than 2,000 cities with populations between 20,000 and 350,000, in collaboration with Emsi and The Initiative for Creativity and Innovation in Cities at New York University's School of Professional Studies. Forty data points were used to determine rankings in economics, housing, amenities, infrastructure, demographics, social and civic capital, education and health care, according to Livability.com.

Here, CNBC.com shares the top 10 finalists, in descending order, from Livability's list.

  • 10. Bismarck, North Dakota

    "LIV" Score: 667

    Population: 66,980

    Bismark, North Dakota
    North Dakota Tourism Division
  • 9. Overland Park, Kansas

    "LIV" Score: 668

    Population: 181,464

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  • 8. Madison, Wisconsin

    "LIV" Score: 668

    Population: 243,122

    Madison, Wisconsin
    Greater Madison Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • 7. Palo Alto, California

    "LIV" Score: 669

    Population: 66,478

    Stanford University in Palo Alto, California.
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  • 6. Bellevue, Washington

    "LIV" Score: 669

    Population: 134,630

    Bellevue, Washington
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  • 5. Charlottesville, Virginia

    "LIV" Score: 670

    Population: 45,084

    Charlottesville, Virginia
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  • 4. Olympia, Washington

    "LIV" Score: 672

    Population: 48,941

    Olympia, Washington
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  • 3. Ann Arbor, Michigan

    "LIV" Score: 674

    Population: 116,194

    University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan
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  • 2. Iowa City, Iowa

    "LIV" Score: 678

    Population: 71,832

    Iowa City, Iowa
    Source: City of Iowa City
  • 1. Rochester, Minnesota

    "LIV" Score: 695

    Population: 110,275

    Rochester, Minnesota
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