A report from USA Today includes Newton, Mass., and Mountain View, Calif., among the best U.S. cities to live in as of 2014. U.S. News touts Louisville, Ky., as one of the best places to retire on an income of $40,000 or less as of 2012, and Melbourne, Australia is The Economist’s number one choice of places to live worldwide based on its 2014 livability index.
USA Today used factors such as crime rates and proximity to amenities for its determination of best cities to live in. It ranked Newton number one and Mountain View number three, partly due to low crime rates, low unemployment rates and high median incomes. Newton’s population is highly educated, with more than two-thirds of the population possessing a bachelor’s degree. Although taxes are quite high, Mountain View enjoys a robust local economy due to its close proximity to the state’s technology hub.
Louisville is an ideal city for recreation, with more than 100 parks that span 10,000 acres, according to U.S. News. Housing and entertainment prices are lower in Louisville than in major cities, so modest incomes can still provide a comfortable life.
The Economist’s livability index tracks healthcare, education providers, environment and dozens of other factors to create its list of best places to live. It rated Melbourne number one, partly based on its perfect scores in healthcare and education, among other high scores.