Three Midwestern cities have been named the best places to live in America, with several more in the top 100, according to a new report.
Habitability has named Madison, Wisconsin, Ann Arbor, Michigan, and Overland Park, Kansas as the top three places to live among small and medium-sized towns in the United States.
“Known for its charming locals and visitors, Madison’s natural beauty is unparalleled as it is built on an isthmus between Lakes Mendota and Monona and has over 200 miles of hiking and biking trails, which means you’ll never run out of free lanes for fun, ”Livability wrote of Madison, Wisconsin.
Madison, a college town at the University of Wisconsin, achieved a livability score of 790, with its top rankings in health, distance lending, and civic education categories, according to the report.
Home to the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor received a ranking just below Madison’s with a score of 773 – its highest categories being health, civics and amenities.
“This mid-sized community, located in lower Mitten State, is a leader in artificial intelligence, data security and life sciences,” Livability wrote of Ann. Arbor.
Overland Park, which the report says is the second largest city in Kansas, received a score of 765, ranking highly in civics, education and health, according to the report. .
“Here, to convince you that the suburbs are cool, Overland Park, KS, where local artists have created colorful murals for everyone to enjoy and hiking trails meander through a serene 300-acre botanical garden,” says The report.
Here’s where other Midwestern cities fell on the list:
- # 18: Lincoln, Nebraska
- # 20: Sioux Falls, South Dakota
- # 21: Bloomington, Indiana
- # 28: Evanston, Illinois
- # 32: Oak Park, Illinois
- # 33: Cincinnati, Ohio
- # 34: Troy, Michigan
- # 40: Columbia, Missouri
- # 51: Carmel, Indiana
- # 53: Grand Rapids, Michigan
- # 58: Iowa City, Iowa
- # 64: Ames, Iowa
- # 74: Fargo, North Dakota
- # 77: Bismarck, North Dakota
- # 81: Manhattan, Kansas
- # 84: Lawrence, Kansas
- # 88: Royal Oak, Michigan
- # 91: Champaign, Illinois
- # 93: Des Moines, Iowa
The report examined more than 1,000 small and medium-sized cities based on factors such as safety, affordability, economic stability, outdoor recreation, accessibility and community engagement, Livability wrote.