Rochester, Minnesota; Bellevue, Washington; Madison, Wisconsin; Santa Barbara, California and Boulder, Colorado are among the Top 100 Places to Live, according to Livability.com. USNews.com, CNBC.com and 247WallSt.com provide additional lists of the best places to live based on specific criteria.
Livability.com assigns rankings on 40 specific data points covering eight categories, including amenities, demographics, economy, education and health care. Housing, social and civil capital, transportation and infrastructure are also ranked. The methodology guiding principles used to rank cities are access, affordability, diversity and utilization. Palo Alto, California; Bismarck, North Dakota; Ann Arbor, Michigan; Iowa City, Iowa and Sioux Falls, South Dakota are among the top ten places to live, as of December 2015.
Minnesota, Texas, Utah, Colorado and Georgia are the top five states listed in the "America's Top States for Business 2015" provided by CNBC.com. USNews.com provides lists of the Best Places to Retire for a variety of criteria, including the sunniest location, the wealthiest retirees, the most single seniors and the best mountain views.