Some of the top 10 places to live in the United States are McKinney, Texas; Maple Grove, Minnesota; and Carmel, Indiana, according to a 2014 article in Money. Other places on the list are Castle Rock, Colorado; Kirkland, Washington; and Columbia and Ellicott City, Maryland. All have populations between 50,000 and 300,000.
Rounding out Money's list of the top 10 places in 2014 are Clarkstown, New York; Ames, Iowa; Rochester Hills, Michigan; and Reston, Virginia. The magazine focused on more than 50 attributes to determine the top 10 places. Some of the attributes included the economy, housing, education, job growth, health care and schools.
McKinney, Texas, has a good mix of Southern charm and modernity, explains Money. Companies in industries such as green energy, aviation and medical services have taken root, with more to come. The downtown area blends history with modern, independent shops. Maple Grove, Minnesota, offers an easy gateway to Minneapolis and 36 miles of interconnected paths that people can walk or bike to reach schools, lakes, parks and more.
Carmel, Indiana, is no stranger to top-10 lists and has a symphony, dancing and lots of free events, according to Money. The place is walkable and makes for an easy commute to Indianapolis, although more jobs are coming to Carmel.