California dominates the list of Top 100 Best Cities in America

(Last Updated On: May 21, 2015)

A recent report by Niche.com, determined the 100 best American cities to live in. Although, some states like New York and Colorado are considered the best states overall to live in, California had 27 cities in this Top 100 list, including 7 of the Top 10 spots. Cities could only qualify for the list if they had over 100,000 residents.

Niche.com based their Top 100 list on the following methodology:

  • Things to do
  • Easiest commute
  • Education
  • Community
  • Housing
  • Jobs
  • Crime and Safety
  • Health and Fitness
  • Outdoor Activities
  • Weather

Each category had a percentage attached to it. For example, Things To Do weighed 20% of the overall grade while weather only weighed 5% of the overall grade.

When looking at the factors that Niche.com used for grading each city on the list, you can see why California scored so high. In the health category, California was found to have 4 of the top 10 fittest cities in America, according to the ACSM American Fitness Index report. Additionally, California is constantly popping up in the top lists for outdoor activities, weather and things to do. This state is one of the top 5 tourist destinations in the world and number one for America.

Here’s the Top 50 of Niche’s list:

  1. Cambridge, Massachusetts
  2. Berkeley, California
  3. Boulder, Colorado
  4. San Francisco, California
  5. Manhattan, New York
  6. Sunnyvale, California
  7. Torrance, California
  8. Santa Clara California
  9. Burbank, California
  10. Carlsbad California
  11. Seattle, Washington
  12. Bellevue, Washington
  13. Ann Arbor, Michigan
  14. Thousand Oaks, California
  15. Glendale, California
  16. Fort Collins, Colorado
  17. Costa Mesa, California
  18. Roseville, California
  19. Alexandria, Virginia
  20. Provo, Utah
  21. Naperville, Illinois
  22. Orange, California
  23. San Diego, California
  24. Plano, Texas
  25. Pasadena, California
  26. Lakewood, Colorado
  27. Rochester, Minnesota
  28. Madison, Wisconsin
  29. Portland, Oregon
  30. Tempe, Arizona
  31. Scottsdale, Arizona
  32. Washington, D.C., District of Columbia
  33. San Jose, California
  34. Round Rock, Texas
  35. Boston, Massachusetts
  36. New York City, New York
  37. Denver, Colorado
  38. Santa Ana, California
  39. Long Beach, California
  40. Anaheim, California
  41. Richardson, Texas
  42. Overland, ParkKansas
  43. Austin, Texas
  44. Stamford, Connecticut
  45. Brooklyn, New York
  46. Queens, New York
  47. Los Angeles, California
  48. Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  49. Santa Rosa, California
  50. Temecula, California

You can check out the complete Top 100 list and the grades of each city by clicking here.