The 10 Most ‘Livable’ Cities in 2017

November 1, 2017

The most livable cities stand out in areas like low unemployment crime rates and property tax rates and high incomes after factoring in housing costs and walkability in their communities. Those were among the factors that SmartAsset, a personal finance site, weighed in compiling its 2017 “most livable cities” list. 

Arlington, Va., ranked tops this year as the most livable city in the U.S., according to SmartAsset’s analysis. The city stood out with its low violent crime and property crime rate, low unemployment, and high income after factoring in housing costs. 

SmartAsset analyzed the 100 largest cities in the United States. Mid-sized and smaller cities within that grouping tended to rank higher than the largest metros. In fact, Honolulu was the largest city to rank in the top 10, and it boasts the 55th largest population of the cities analyzed. 

The top 10 most livable cities for 2017 are: 

  1. Arlington, Va.
  2. Fremont, Calif. 
  3. Plano, Texas
  4. Jersey City, N.J.
  5. Irvine, Calif. 
  6. Chandler, Ariz.
  7. Honolulu
  8. Irving, Texas
  9. Madison, Wis.
  10. Scottsdale, Ariz. 

Source: “The Most Livable Cities in the U.S. — 2017 Edition,” SmartAsset (Nov. 1, 2017)