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Best places to live in America

  • #40. Redmond, Washington

    - Population: 60,712
    - Median home value: $579,400 (51% own)
    - Median rent: $1,731 (49% rent)
    - Median household income: $115,300

    This Seattle suburb is home to global giants Microsoft and Nintendo. Public school students are part of the Lake Washington School District, where standardized test scores rank in the top 10% in the state. A biking haven, Redmond also has its own velodrome.

  • #39. Overland Park, Kansas

    - Population: 186,147
    - Median home value: $248,100 (63% own)
    - Median rent: $1,084 (37% rent)
    - Median household income: $78,217

    Sprint has a huge campus in Overland Park, a big reason why this is the second-largest city in the state. Overland Park boasts three national landmarks and an arboretum and botanical gardens, plus a popular children’s farm.

  • #38. Potomac, Maryland

    - Population: 45,780
    - Median home value: $893,600 (88% own)
    - Median rent: $1,860 (12% rent)
    - Median household income: $187,568

    Locals call Potomac the “Beverly Hills” of Montgomery County, Maryland, because of its mansions and breathtaking homes. Potomac has been ranked as one of the wealthiest cities in the United States, and is the site of the reality TV show “Real Housewives of Potomac.” Centuries ago, Potomac was a stronghold of the Algonquin tribe.

  • #37. Kirkwood, Missouri

    - Population: 27,659
    - Median home value: $273,900 (75% own)
    - Median rent: $1,031 (25% rent)
    - Median household income: $79,439

    Kirkwood is another city that was anchored early on by its proximity to railroad tracks, in this case, the Union Pacific. Today, the suburb of St. Louis has several festivals throughout the year (including a cars and guitars event) and is a short drive to Lambert-St. Louis International Airport.

  • #36. Mountain View, California

    - Population: 80,076
    - Median home value: $1,079,900 (42% own)
    - Median rent: $2,103 (58% rent)
    - Median household income: $120,351

    Mountain View is the headquarters of Alphabet/Google and minutes from Stanford University. In the heart of Silicon Valley, Mountain View also is home to the NASA Ames Research Center, where scientists are exploring paths to Mars. Downtown Mountain View has free public WiFi, and Google offers grants for other technological upgrades to the city.

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  • #35. Johns Creek, Georgia

    - Population: 83,397
    - Median home value: $366,200 (78% own)
    - Median rent: $1,469 (22% rent)
    - Median household income: $113,609

    Johns Creek, a suburb of Atlanta, has a variety of top-flight golf courses. The Johns Creek International Festival draws almost 20,000 visitors each year, and the city has recently gained recognition from Amazon for its innovation in local business.

  • #34. Sugar Land, Texas

    - Population: 86,886
    - Median home value: $292,700 (81% own)
    - Median rent: $1,635 (19% rent)
    - Median household income: $108,994

    For two centuries, Imperial Sugar played a key role in Sugar Land’s evolution. No longer dependent on just sugar, this Houston suburb welcomed major companies like Minute Maid and Glazer Properties. For entertainment, the Sugar Land Skeeters minor league baseball team hosts thousands of fans each summer.

  • #33. Albany, California

    - Population: 19,682
    - Median home value: $766,000 (48% own)
    - Median rent: $1,739 (52% rent)
    - Median household income: $87,694

    Students attending the University of California, Berkeley, regularly live in Albany, alongside Bay Area commuters. The Solano Avenue Stroll is this city’s landmark street festival, which will celebrate 46 years in 2020. For three years, Albany has taxed sugar-sweetened beverages to promote healthier lifestyles among residents.

  • #32. Santa Monica, California

    - Population: 92,495
    - Median home value: $1,168,500 (28% own)
    - Median rent: $1,669 (72% rent)
    - Median household income: $86,084

    The Santa Monica Pier is this coastal city’s iconic landmark, providing entertainment and scenic views for over a century. A film festival and outdoor shopping attractions draw visitors and locals, who can arrive via Santa Monica Airport. In nine years, residents will watch beach volleyball and surfing competitions during the 2028 Summer Olympics.

  • #31. Bethesda, Maryland

    - Population: 63,168
    - Median home value: $877,300 (67% own)
    - Median rent: $1,938 (33% rent)
    - Median household income: $154,559

    Bethesda is a major medical outpost. Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and the National Institutes of Health are located here. Lockheed Martin is also headquartered in the city and there are various public transportation options into Washington D.C.

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