A List Of Best City Lists: The List

Our October 2, 2014 hour on the complicated calculations that go behind creating "Best City / Best Town" lists in magazines and urban living websites the world over lead many listeners to wonder where they could find some of these lists.

The answer? Right here!

*Important guest note: the Washington Post's Emily Badger made the very astute point that she's NEVER met anybody who used one of these list's to determine where they live.

LIVABILITY.COM, From Top 100 2015

  1. Madison, WI
  2. Rochester, MN
  3. Arlington Virginia
  4. Boulder Colorado
  5. Palo Alto California
  6. Berkeley California
  7. Santa Clara California
  8. Missoula Montana
  9. Boise Idaho
  10. Iowa City Iowa

OUTSIDE’s Sweet Sixteen

  1. Boulder, Colorado (O-Score: 91)
  2. Ithaca, New York (O-Score: 89)
  3. Duluth, Minnesota (O-Score: 88) WINNER
  4. Portland, Maine (O-Score: 88)
  5. Charleston, South Carolina (O-Score: 84)
  6. Anchorage, Alaska (O-Score: 83)
  7. Burlington, Vermont (O-Score: 83)
  8. Missoula, Montana (O-Score: 82)
  9. Minneapolis, Minnesota (O-Score: 81)
  10. Provo, Utah (O-Score: 80) RUNNER-UP
  11. Asheville, North Carolina (O-Score: 80)
  12. Nashville, Tennessee (O-Score: 77)
  13. Houghton, Michigan (O-Score: 76)
  14. Montpelier, Vermont (O-Score: 74
  15. La Crosse, Wisconsin (O-Score: 74
  16. Louisville, Kentucky (O-score: 73)

MONEY's Best Place to Live in America

  1. McKinney, Texas
  2. Maple Grove, Minn.
  3. Carmel, Ind.
  4. Castle Rock, Colo.
  5. Kirkland, Wash.
  6. Columbia & Ellicott City, Md.
  7. Clarkstown, N.Y.
  8. Ames, Iowa
  9. Rochester Hills, Mich.
  10. Reston, VA

Did the lists make a mistake? Did they leave out a favorite city or town, or include one that has no business being up there?

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