Top 10 Best Cities in the United States

The Top Ten
1 New York City, New York The City of New York, often called New York City or simply New York, is the most populous city in the United States. New York City is also the most densely populated major city in the United States.

Okay, so you think NYC shouldn't hold the title of the greatest city in the US? Let me explain why NYC surpasses both Chicago and LA. First, I'm really tired of hearing people say NYC is ugly. NYC is not the only city that's considered filthy. There are plenty of others, including Los Angeles. Plus, NYC's reputation for filth mainly stems from the '80s.

Yes, New York is expensive, but it's not on the top ten list of most expensive states. California is. We also have fantastic sports teams. And please, let's tone down the comments about mean people. That's not a good excuse. People from all over the world visit NYC, so are you saying the whole world is mean? We also don't appreciate Southerners invading our personal space. Don't worry. The feeling is mutual.

NYC boasts an abundance of attractions - around 200, to be exact. Sorry, California, you only have 156. And don't even get me started on the bad drivers in Chicago. Let me share a list with you. The states known for bad driving include Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas, and yes, Florida too. Sorry, Florida, but your driving is just inexcusable.

New York State has good schools, and here's how I know: I had to move to Texas when I was eight (I currently live in, well, you can probably guess). When I started fourth grade in Texas, I realized they were teaching the same things I had learned in third grade in New York. So here's a little critique of Texas: their schools are horrible. They hardly assign any homework. While the kids might celebrate, the parents certainly won't.

Finally, never say our food is terrible. Our food is exceptionally good. Have you tried our pizza and bagels? So please, keep your opinions to yourself until you've actually visited.

2 Chicago, Illinois Chicago, officially the City of Chicago, is the third-most populous city in the United States. With over 2.7 million residents, it is also the most populous city in both the state of Illinois and the Midwestern United States. Chicago is considered one of the most important business centers in the world... read more

Chicago is a great city. The architecture is so beautiful and is very clean, unlike New York. There are many fun attractions like Navy Pier, The Cloud Gate (a.k.a. The Bean), and the Willis Tower. You can also go on a boat that travels through the Chicago River.

Additionally, the food in Chicago is amazing. My favorite dish, though, is obviously Chicago's deep-dish pizza. You could also check out the Sky Deck, which offers an aerial view of Chicago's skyline. Lastly, you must visit the museums. My favorite is the Field Museum. There are also more fun museums like the Navy Pier Children's Museum, The Shedd Aquarium, The Adler Planetarium, and the Science and Industry Museum. You could also visit the surrounding cities, like Naperville, which is ranked the number #1 city to raise a family.

I know that New York and LA are more popular than Chicago because more people live there, but come on, Chicago is awesome! Sure, it is not on the ocean, but it is on the beautiful Lake Michigan! I think that the Great Lakes are more unique than the ocean. Oceans are everywhere, but the Great Lakes are restricted to Ontario and the Midwest (also New York State). Only eight states touch these mega lakes, and so many touch the ocean! Turtles, muskie, and many birds live on the lakes. Chicago even has beaches! It may snow here, but summers here are glorious!

3 Los Angeles, California Los Angeles, officially the City of Los Angeles and often abbreviated as L.A., is the largest city in California. It has an estimated population of nearly 4 million, and is the second-largest city in the United States, after New York City, and the third-largest city in North America, after Mexico City and New York City. Los Angeles is known for its Mediterranean climate, ethnic and cultural diversity,... read more

If you find the right view with the mountains in the background, LA's skyline is more prodigious and beautiful than New York's or Chicago's. If Trump had built his tower in 1990, LA would have America's tallest building.

L.A. is the best. The weather is the best. It never snows, and it rains like 10 times a year. When you plan a day out shopping or golfing, you never have to worry about being rained in or snowed in. That can't be said of freezing N.Y.

The real estate is very expensive. But for that kind of weather, beautiful people, and counties, it's worth it.

If you have only experienced LA from the freeways, then you do not know the city at all. Los Angeles is actually one of the coolest places around. The city is filled with tons of culture and has some of the best art and architecture in the world.

Check out some cool neighborhoods like Silverlake, Echo Park, Downtown, Venice, etc., and you will understand what makes this city so great.

4 Seattle, Washington Seattle is a seaport city on the west coast of the United States. It is the seat of King County, Washington.

Seattle is definitely one of the best cities in America. Crime rates exist but are low compared to other cities like New York, Los Angeles, and even San Francisco. The people here are very polite. Also, if you are in tech, this is the perfect city to live in. Major companies and industries like Boeing, Microsoft, and Amazon originated here. Sports are awesome, except for the Mariners choking and the absence of an NBA team. The worst thing here is probably the homeless camps, which are Mayor Ed Murray's fault.

I've been to Seattle in December 2018 and November 2019, and I loved it up there. I think Seattle would be a great place to move to since it's usually cloudy and rains a lot there, which I love. I've always loved cold weather and darkness, making Seattle one of the perfect places for me to move to.

I've lived here for my entire life and it's always been absolutely amazing.

Personally, Seattle is not a crossroads city. It's the center of the universe. You can fly, ride the ferry, ship, train, bus, car, bike, or even a horse, practically anywhere. Proud of my city!

5 Boston, Massachusetts Boston is Massachusetts’ capital and largest city. Founded in 1630, it’s one of the oldest cities in the U.S.

I was born and raised in Boston, and it is such a unique city. One of the most historic cities in America, it is also a leader in education and medical research. As far as entertainment goes, it has one of the best fan bases for sports in the country and a great comedy scene as well. Although Boston may be smaller than cities like New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago, that adds to its appeal and charm.

Far and away the best city in the United States. Strong economy, great culture, proud people, beautiful historic sites, and the breathtaking harbor. As far as food, besides New York, you might not find a more diverse selection of delicious foods from many different heritages. The pride Boston has in its sports teams (who win, a lot) is unequalled by any other city. Definitely number 1!

So proud to be born and raised in Boston. I love my city. Out of some other major cities I've visited, Philly and DC were awesome too, but Boston will always be #1. Downside: expensive, but the salaries tend to make up for the cost of living here big time.

6 San Francisco, California San Francisco, officially the City and County of San Francisco, is the cultural, commercial, and financial center of Northern California.

1. NYC is cool, but it is a bit overrated for my taste.
2. As a proud Californian, I will admit that LA is a great city, but it does have its issues. Most importantly, though... Hollywood, baby!
3. It's cool, but not very charming.

San Francisco should be #1. It's gorgeous, has good weather, good food, not a lot of dangerous ghettos, amazing tourist attractions, and very smart people! However, I will admit that SF is too liberal.

I love San Francisco because I'm only two hours north of it. It has a great diversity of people and culture. The food is awesome. Being a semi-local, I'm not a huge fan of the touristy areas like Fisherman's Wharf/Pier 39 or the entire area on the Embarcadero. However, I do really like Alcatraz and Boudin sourdough. Seeing the Golden Gate is cool, but after a while, it just becomes another thing to look at.

I love Haight and Ashbury and Union Square. I LOVE THE SF GIANTS! The weather's generally the same year-round. It's awesome for day trips and overnighters with groups of friends.

7 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Philadelphia is the largest city in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the sixth-most populous city in the United States, with an estimated population of 1,567,872 and more than 6 million in the seventh-largest metropolitan statistical area, as of 2016. Philadelphia is the economic and cultural anchor of the Delaware Valley region, located along the lower Delaware and Schuylkill Rivers.

I don't know if it's just because I'm from Philly, but something about it gives me such a good feel. You're not totally clustered like in New York, but the surrounding skyscrapers of Center City give NYC vibes.

Best sports fanbase in the nation. Reading Terminal Market is just one of many wonderful marketplaces. Penn's Landing is historic and beautiful, oh, and we have Rocky.

Philly has everything NYC has but on a smaller scale: skyscrapers, parks, museums, downtown shopping, good restaurants/bars. No astronomical taxes, no huge crowds, a train system that actually works, affordable living, and friendlier people too. Philadelphia is the United States' number 1, in my opinion.

Philadelphia is the most historically important city, a fact that has become a fundamental part of its character. It is also one of the largest and most densely populated cities in the United States.

8 Washington, D.C.

Very gay-friendly! Easy to get around and the food and nightlife are amazing...

The capital of the USA deserves a little more respect, don't you think?

Great place to visit if you love history. Lots of things to do here.

9 Miami, Florida Miami, officially the City of Miami, is the cultural, economic and financial center of South Florida. Miami is the seat of Miami-Dade County, the most populous county in Florida.

This is by far one of the nicest cities in the North American continent. It is quickly becoming the architectural, cultural, and economic hub of Latin America, and that shows in its influence of Latin culture and modern design.

1. Bad Boys 2 based here.
2. Home of the basketball team Miami Heat.
3. Home of the American football team Miami Dolphins.
4. The "playboy's paradise".
5. Hot chicks around every corner.
6. Amazing weather.
7. Quality cars.
What more could you want?

Wonderful beach, awesome night clubs, wonderful lights at night, a bunch of palm trees, hot girls, and nice tropical weather. I also would like to live there, but you've got to watch out for hurricanes.

10 San Diego, California

The best weather in the world. You can wear three layers or half a layer, and you'd be fine. It's the only city in the US where you'll never have to take the weather into account. Surprisingly rich in history and museums, it has an overwhelming amount of things and places to see, too much to list.

Epic landscape with gorgeous beaches, coastal bluffs, canyons, foothills, and mountains. It's the antithesis of boring geography. Exceptional food with great places to eat wherever you go. There are a bunch of neighborhoods and areas with so much partying and nightlife that it guarantees you'll get FOMO if you move almost anywhere else. It has one of the best collections of schools in the country. The list goes on and on. Paradise on Earth.

Okay, if any of you have visited this place, you'll know what I'm talking about. There is simply nothing better than this. EVERYONE is so nice and friendly, we are all just outgoing and chill surfers, and we love our home. There's pretty much no smoking, gangs, etc. We are just typical happy-go-lucky people who live for the waves.

The Contenders
11 Atlanta, Georgia Atlanta is the capital and most populous city in the U.S. state of Georgia. With an estimated 2017 population of 486,290, it is also the 38th most-populous city in the United States.

I love Atlanta, Georgia because at night all the buildings are lit up, and I love to shop in Atlanta. I also love how we have the largest aquarium in the United States.

Atlanta is a great city! It might not be the best, but it's definitely better than the most expensive cities in the U.S., like Los Angeles or New York City.

I went there during the 4th of July in 2015, and this place is great! The Georgia Aquarium and World of Coca-Cola were really cool!

12 Denver, Colorado Denver, officially the City and County of Denver, is the capital and most populous municipality of the U.S. state of Colorado.

After living in Austin and Boston, I am very happy to have moved to Denver. (Though I think those other two cities are great.) Denver has fabulous weather, not too hot or cold, but still has four seasons with constant sunshine, and people are quite friendly. The city has done a good job preserving historic areas, while also promoting new development with smart planning.

I love having the mountains as a backdrop and play area, and the city offers plenty of fun and cultural things to do. Don't sleep on Denver. There is a reason over 50% of the population was born out of state.

Denver is not as large as the leaders on this list, and I wouldn't put it very high on a tourist city list, but Denver is definitely one of the best cities to live in. It is exceptionally clean and modern, and its downtown is incredible. I have been to most cities in the country, so I know what I am talking about. If you haven't been to Denver in a few years, you will be surprised. Denver is absolutely booming right now.

13 Houston, Texas Houston is the most populous city in the U.S. state of Texas and the fourth most populous city in the United States, with a census-estimated population of 2.312 million in 2017. It is the most populous city in the Southern United States and on the Gulf Coast of the United States.

How is this not in the top 5 at least?! I live in this city, and it is the best. Lots of great places to visit, and a very great place to live.

I live in Houston! It has lots of museums and is really pretty. Cool downtown area, especially the aquarium!

I'm not saying it's the best city ever, but it's one of the best in the United States of America and should be at least in the top 10.

14 Minneapolis, Minnesota

We live in the Minneapolis area, and anyone who finds it boring here has only themselves to blame. Only New York and Chicago have more theaters than Minneapolis. That's a fact. We have professional sports year-round. The Wild is actually pretty good, and the Twins and Vikings are improving. There are lakes, hiking and biking trails, great nightlife, as well as a very active church community.

There is the Minnesota Science Center, the Walker Art Center, and all sorts of culture all over the place. And shopping? How does Mall of America sound? The traffic can get congested but it usually moves pretty well, even at rush hour. And there are actually rural areas right within the Twin Cities metropolitan area.

And yes, there is bad weather. You dress for it and enjoy it! The schools are usually well-funded, and we have a fantastic governor in Mark Dayton. The restaurants are awesome, and for an area of almost three million people, the Twin Cities are easy to get around in. And the winters have actually been getting milder!

15 Tampa, Florida

Great city to explore with tons of sights to see and things to do. Love the beaches, aquarium, zoo, Busch Gardens, cool neighborhoods, and everything in between.

I've lived in Tampa for 12 years. There's simply no better place in the U.S. to live. So beautiful, and so many things to do.

Love the cool neighborhoods, palm trees, and beautiful beaches nearby.

16 Orlando, Florida

I came to Orlando for a 2-week holiday, and all I will say is it was the greatest holiday by far I have ever been on.

If you visit Orlando, go to Universal Studios instead of Disney World. It's more fun for all ages.

Orlando used to be ranked 4th based on where people would live in the United States, enough said.

17 Charlotte, North Carolina

Amazing city, and I bet by 2020 it will be in the top 10 most populated US cities. It is the second fastest-growing city in the USA, behind Austin. They have plenty of amazing attractions, including a great theme park named Carowinds, the NASCAR Hall of Fame, and the Bank of America Stadium. They are home to amazing sports teams, including the famous Charlotte Hornets, Carolina Panthers, and the Charlotte Knights.

They have a beautiful skyline, the people there are some of the nicest people you'll ever meet, and it also has amazing weather. It surprises me how many people have no idea this city even exists! It should be higher on this list.

Yep! Gotta love the Queen City! Best city in North Carolina! It's just as good as New York City!

A very underrated city. Small, with a lot to do, and surprisingly clean.

18 Grand Rapids, Michigan

This city shows that Michigan is not a wasteland like some people say. No, the title of "Wasteland" would go to a city like Flint. Grand Rapids, however, hosts ArtPrize, the world's biggest art competition, and is known as the "Beer City of the US" for those who enjoy that. The beauty in the city and the surrounding Lakeshore cities (Holland and Grand Haven) makes Grand Rapids a great place.

Great city, good size, very liveable, a lot to do, Lake Michigan just a half hour away. Cost of living is fantastic, and raising a family here is great. Definitely an ideal place to live a quality American life. Has the right/balanced amount of everything. Good people, safe place.

I currently live here and it is a great city. Great food, entertainment, and attractions. The cost of living here is also not bad, and there are a lot of great people who live here.

19 Las Vegas, Nevada Las Vegas, officially the City of Las Vegas and often known simply as Vegas, is the 28th-most populated city in the United States, the most populated city in the state of Nevada, and the county seat of Clark County.

It's a good place to live if you really like living without taxes or traffic. The people you meet here are very different and not all the same, so keep note of that. The entertainment, physical features, and weather are perks, but it's in the middle of the desert, so you will be paying a lot for energy and water. That is some of the cons you want to take notice of before moving here.

Everyone has to understand that Vegas isn't just casinos. From Vegas, you can visit Red Rock Canyon, Mount Charleston, Lake Mead, Hoover Dam, and the Grand Canyon just in a few hours' drive! Or sometimes less than an hour's drive! Vegas is the place to be!

Vegas is a great place to visit and live as well! Low cost of living, not super heavy traffic compared to cities like LA. Step out of the Strip, and it is just like any other city, people living their normal lives. It may not be the best among all, but it's a great city to live in if you want to stay away from the very populated cities.

20 Dallas, Texas

I've just been there. It was so beautiful and lively! Although it's highly civilized, highly developed, and industrialized, it's still lively with lively people, lively streets, and lifestyles! It's never a boring city! It was the best city that I have traveled to!

Home to Ray's Hardware, the largest family-owned gun store in America.

What a huge metro area! Everything you could possibly want!

21 Portland, Oregon Portland is the largest city in the U.S. state of Oregon and the seat of Multnomah County. It is a major port in the Willamette Valley region of the Pacific Northwest, at the confluence of the Willamette and Columbia Rivers.

I was born in Portland and I love it. It is so beautiful with its flowers, big beautiful parks, lots of food trucks, amazing equality rights, and the sports are amazing. Go Portland Timbers!

Portland is by far one of the best cities, even if it is quaint in comparison to larger markets. Everyone is welcome there, and it's clean, it's damn clean!

Insane food trucks, catering to all vegetarians. Everyone is super nice and eco-friendly. Nike is live.

Top 10 Cities:

1. Portland
2. Houston
3. Chicago
4. New York
5. Seattle
6. Los Angeles
7. Las Vegas
8. Dallas
9. San Francisco
10. Denver

22 Cleveland, Ohio

It has an ugly charm to it. Sure, our skies are grey and our lakes are polluted, but it shows a character that no other city has.

Some of the Midwest's tallest skyscrapers on the shore of Lake Erie. It doesn't get any better than that.

Cleveland is awesome. I'm lucky I live close by.

23 New Orleans, Louisiana

I love New Orleans! Great food and architecture! If you come, you have to go to Cafe du Monde and get beignets because they are delicious! We have such a great culture and great festivals. Plus, it isn't illegal to drink on the streets! And if you come, go to Bourbon Street.

Truly a beautiful, one-of-a-kind American city. French architecture, beautiful music, tasty food, and a plethora of festivals make New Orleans such a wonderful place. It must be higher on this list!

New Orleans is fun. Don't forget about the Saints, though. Good food. Beignets are great. So much to do. BUT, there is a murder every single day here and also drug dealers.

24 Milwaukee, Wisconsin

I'm proud to call Milwaukee my home. It's just an overall awesome city. Great beer-drinking culture, awesome sports teams (Bucks, Brewers, Packers), and it's also right on Lake Michigan. We get all four seasons, including a nice warm summer and snowy winter for winter activities.

There is a ton to do, including Museums, Discovery World, Miller Park, Bradley Center, The Rave, Summerfest, Bradford Beach, Casinos, County Zoo, and so much more. There are also some nice universities, including UW-Milwaukee and Marquette, in the area. Not only that, but everyone who lives there is nice. Downtown is great, but the suburban neighborhoods are also really nice. I was born and raised in MKE, and I swear I will never move!

The best place to get a good meal and a beer, and you can see some pretty good concerts and sports teams too. Good suburbs around it, too, and everyone is so nice (given we are so close to Canada)!

25 Albuquerque, New Mexico Situated in the high desert of New Mexico, Albuquerque is known for its unique Southwestern culture and stunning natural landscapes. The city hosts the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, one of the world's largest hot air balloon events. Its Old Town area preserves Spanish colonial and Native American heritage, with adobe buildings and artisan shops. The Sandia Mountains offer outdoor enthusiasts... read more

A beautiful city. The largest city in New Mexico and has one of the most fun places in the United States.

WHAT?!? 45! Come on, people, come live here in Albuquerque and in New Mexico! It is an amazing city, and I mean it!

A really fun city! You guys should move here. It is an amazing city!

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