According to Livability.com, the most popular U.S. cities to live in for 2015 include Madison, Wisconsin; Rochester, Minnesota; Arlington, Virginia; Boulder, Colorado; Palo Alto, California; Santa Clara, California; and Missoula, Montana. The popularity rankings stem from criteria including transportation, amenities, health care, economy, and education, demographics and housing.
Madison, the state capital of Wisconsin and a college town, features a high availability of affordable housing and cultural activities. Rochester, Minnesota, home of the Mayo Clinic, offers top-of-the-line health care due to the large number of physicians attracted to the city. Those looking for economic stability should consider Arlington, Virginia, as the city's largest employer is the U.S. government, which employs over 30,000 residents of the city, which also boasts two major universities.
The location of Boulder, Colorado high in the Rocky Mountain range makes it one of the best cities in the country for outdoor activities such as hiking and rock climbing. Missoula, Montana, with its 400 acres of city parks and proximity to several rivers and mountain ranges, makes it another ideal option for outdoors enthusiasts.
Palo Alto, California remains at the cutting edge in the field of technology, providing all of its residents with free high speed Internet access. Similarly, Santa Clara, California also ranks high in the field of technology, due to its location in the world-famous Silicon Valley, home to many technology firms.