Michigan town

For nearly a decade now, the crew at Livability has put together a list of the Top 100 Best Places to Live in America. As it turns out, one Michigan town is very high on the list this year, coming in at No. 2. We should have some Michigan pride about this great showing.

“Every year, the list changes: we conduct exclusive studies and surveys, adjust our algorithm and add new variables and data points,” Livability.com states. “But one thing remains constant: We always start with the data. This year, we examined more than 2,300 cities based on more than 50 data points that are grouped into eight categories, measuring a city’s economic stability, housing, amenities, infrastructure, demographics, social and civic capital and health care. This is how we calculate each city’s LivScore.”

They add, “At Livability.com, we are passionate about finding the good and praising it, and each of these cities has something special to offer its residents. If you’re a young person looking for a fresh start, sick of living paycheck to paycheck due to insane rent prices and want to find a community that will welcome you with open arms, this list is for you. These 100 cities are welcoming, affordable and offer the space and opportunity to grow, both professionally and personally.”

So, which Michigan place is ranked No. 2 on the Best Places to Live in the U.S. tally? Read on for the full list, including the Michigan spot, which they say has “well-designed trail systems, a passion for the arts, worldly restaurants, plus friendly, smart residents who are civically engaged” and more. Check out the top 20 Best Places to Live in the U.S. below, and find the full list here!

  • These Are the Top 20 Best Places to Live in the U.S.

    This list is from the staff at Livability.com.

  • 20. Omaha, NE

    Omaha, NE ranked #20 Best Places to Live in the US in 2022 - Livability

    Civics 36 Demographics 69 Economy 71 Education 58 Health 59 Housing 64 Infrastructure 51 Amenities 64 More than 20,000 businesses, including the headquarters of Fortune 500 and Fortune 100 companies, have set up shop in the Omaha, NE metro area, which gives the city a strong economic edge.

  • 19. Asheville, NC

    Asheville, NC ranked #19 Best Places to Live in the US in 2022 - Livability

    Civics 50 Demographics 59 Economy 68 Education 70 Health 66 Housing 45 Infrastructure 47 Amenities 70 Breweries galore, award-winning chefs pushing culinary boundaries, and the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains are all part of Asheville, NC 's magic.

  • 18. McKinney, TX

    McKinney, TX ranked #18 Best Places to Live in the US in 2022 - Livability

    Civics 60 Demographics 61 Economy 89 Education 66 Health 62 Housing 50 Infrastructure 46 Amenities 43 If you're looking for Texas-sized charm and opportunity, McKinney, TX is sure to fit the bill. The more than 200,000 residents who call McKinney home get to enjoy the best of both worlds: a quaint hometown feel and big-city amenities.

  • 17. Frederick, MD

    Frederick, MD ranked #17 Best Places to Live in the US in 2022 - Livability

    Civics 54 Demographics 72 Economy 82 Education 65 Health 49 Housing 67 Infrastructure 40 Amenities 49 Less than a one-hour drive from Gettysburg, Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, Frederick, MD, the growing city of almost 75,000, is both steeped in history yet enviously trendy.

  • 16. Colorado Springs, CO

    Colorado Springs, CO ranked #16 Best Places to Live in the US in 2022 - Livability

    Civics 42 Demographics 61 Economy 84 Education 67 Health 50 Housing 59 Infrastructure 48 Amenities 67 Colorado Springs, CO, is a proud military city, an energetic college town and a place where world-class athletes come to train for the Olympics.

  • 15. Olympia, WA

    Olympia, WA ranked #15 Best Places to Live in the US in 2022 - Livability

    Civics 51 Demographics 42 Economy 78 Education 72 Health 61 Housing 63 Infrastructure 47 Amenities 63 As the state's capital, the words Olympia, WA, elicit a kind of familiarity when spoken, but it's not name recognition driving people to live in this unique city of 52,000-plus.

  • 14. Raleigh, NC

    Raleigh, NC ranked #14 Best Places to Live in the US in 2022 - Livability

    Civics 47 Demographics 69 Economy 89 Education 63 Health 63 Housing 53 Infrastructure 45 Amenities 50 North Carolina's capital city truly has something for everyone. Business is booming in the Research Triangle, which consists of Raleigh, Cary, and Durham.

  • 13. Franklin, TN

    Franklin, TN ranked #13 Best Places to Live in the US in 2022 - Livability

    Civics 78 Demographics 51 Economy 81 Education 66 Health 67 Housing 53 Infrastructure 47 Amenities 39 Home to a historic downtown that hosts community events and is filled with cute boutiques and great restaurants, Franklin, TN, gives off strong Gilmore Girls vibes.

  • 12. Waukesha, WI

    Waukesha, WI ranked #12 Best Places to Live in the US in 2022 - Livability

    Civics 62 Demographics 43 Economy 84 Education 57 Health 64 Housing 67 Infrastructure 46 Amenities 56 Situated along the Fox River just west of Milwaukee, Waukesha, WI, is a city that exudes arts and culture. Colorful murals and large guitar sculptures throughout the downtown area paint a picture of the city's history and showcase the many talents of the community.

  • 11. Fort Collins, CO

    Fort Collins, CO ranked #11 Best Places to Live in the US in 2022 - Livability

    Civics 72 Demographics 29 Economy 92 Education 65 Health 60 Housing 50 Infrastructure 47 Amenities 65 Fort Collins, CO's downtown area is so charming that Disneyland modeled Main Street USA off of it. In addition to being Mickey-approved, this Northern Colorado college town is known for phenomenal outdoor recreation and brewing some exceptional craft beer.

  • 10. Carmel, IN

    Carmel, IN ranked #10 Best Places to Live in the US in 2022 - Livability

    Civics 82 Demographics 44 Economy 68 Education 50 Health 74 Housing 62 Infrastructure 49 Amenities 53 North of the state's capital city is Carmel, IN, a true gem whose miles of connected paths and trails make it one of the best places to live in the U.S.

  • 9. Pittsburgh, PA

    Pittsburgh, PA ranked #9 Best Places to Live in the US in 2022 - Livability

    Civics 41 Demographics 58 Economy 60 Education 66 Health 73 Housing 60 Infrastructure 52 Amenities 75 With 90 unique neighborhoods, there's something for everyone in Pittsburgh, PA. This mid-size city is among the best places to live in the U.S., thanks to its affordability, growing tech and robotics industry, and diverse landscapes that include rivers and valleys.

  • 8. Salt Lake City, UT

    Salt Lake City, UT ranked #8 Best Places to Live in the US in 2022 - Livability

    Civics 42 Demographics 49 Economy 89 Education 64 Health 63 Housing 50 Infrastructure 58 Amenities 72 Bordered by the Western Hemisphere's largest salt lake and cradled by the Wasatch Mountains, Salt Lake City, UT, is nearly picture-perfect. Salt Lake City residents have an amazing backyard, with easy access to world-class ski resorts and phenomenal hiking and mountain biking trails.

  • 7. Fishers, IN

    Fishers, IN ranked #7 Best Places to Live in the US in 2022 - Livability

    Civics 77 Demographics 40 Economy 80 Education 51 Health 66 Housing 62 Infrastructure 48 Amenities 60 A few decades ago, Fishers, IN, was a small town with less than 10,000 residents. Today, this Central Indiana up-and-comer has almost ten times that at nearly 100,000 residents who have access to some of the best schools in the state and high-quality health care.

  • 6. Minneapolis, MN

    Minneapolis, MN ranked #6 Best Places to Live in the US in 2022 - Livability

    Civics 49 Demographics 63 Economy 77 Education 56 Health 68 Housing 55 Infrastructure 58 Amenities 63 Minneapolis, MN, ranks as one of the best places to live in the U.S. partly because of its innovative economy that touches a breadth of industries from software to renewable energy.

  • 5. Overland Park, KS

    Overland Park, KS ranked #5 Best Places to Live in the US in 2022 - Livability

    Civics 58 Demographics 59 Economy 79 Education 74 Health 66 Housing 60 Infrastructure 51 Amenities 48 Part of the Kansas City metro area is Overland Park, KS, a bustling city full of diverse dining options (the melting pot of food, if you will), amazing art museums and experiences, locally-owned boutiques, entertainment venues, and a collection of must-visit wineries, breweries and distilleries (you'll love sipping the local flavor).

  • 4. Naperville, IL

    Naperville, IL ranked #4 Best Places to Live in the US in 2022 - Livability

    Civics 66 Demographics 55 Economy 61 Education 65 Health 60 Housing 56 Infrastructure 70 Amenities 65 A western suburb of Chicago, Naperville, IL, is a growing oasis where big-city attractions - think a diverse cuisine scene, performing arts venues, various shops, family-friendly spaces and a thriving nightlife - meld with small-town magic.

  • 3. Rochester, MN

    Rochester, MN ranked #3 Best Places to Live in the US in 2022 - Livability

    Civics 50 Demographics 62 Economy 77 Education 59 Health 69 Housing 71 Infrastructure 54 Amenities 54 ​​ Rochester, MN, is always brewing with excitement, as the community boasts gorgeous Midwest scenery, an arts scene full of galleries, theaters and museums, must-try fine dining and food truck favorites, amazing breweries and wineries, and - its gem - the nearly 200,000-square-foot Mayo Civic Center, which hosts a calendar full of must-attend social and sporting events, conventions and concerts (think acts like country music star Travis Tritt).

  • 2. Ann Arbor, MI

    Ann Arbor, MI ranked #2 Best Places to Live in the US in 2022 - Livability

    Civics 78 Demographics 46 Economy 67 Education 72 Health 72 Housing 57 Infrastructure 45 Amenities 71 Exciting things are happening in Ann Arbor, MI. The University of Michigan provides a robust and homegrown talent pipeline for healthcare and tech sectors, and the college's presence keeps the city young at heart.

  • 1. Madison, WI

    Madison, WI ranked #1 Best Places to Live in the US in 2022 - Livability

    Civics 58 Demographics 47 Economy 85 Education 61 Health 76 Housing 67 Infrastructure 58 Amenities 79 With a famous farmers market, tons of free cultural attractions, outdoor concerts rocking all summer long and 200 miles for hiking, biking and snowshoeing, Madison, WI, earns its rank as the best place to live in the U.S.