Top Cities in the United States

The Top Ten

1 New York

Okay so people you think NYC should not have the throne of The Greatest City in The US? Well let me show you the reasons why NYC tops Chicago and LA. Okay, I am SO tired of people saying NYC is UGLY! First of all NYC is not the only City that is filthy. There are plenty of other cities including Los Angeles. And NYC filth was just in the 80s. Okay yes NY is expensive but it is not on the top ten list of the states that are expensive, but Cali is. We have awesome sports teams too. And seriously cool down with the mean people. That is not a good excuse. People from all over the world visit NYC so your saying the whole world is mean. Also we don't like southerners invading our personal space. Don't worry we hate you too! There are plenty of attractions about 200 something. Sorry Cali you only have 156. And excuse me don't say we aren't bad drivers Chicago! Let me put out a list for ya'. The bad driver list includes Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas, also Florida too. Sorry Florida, woo, I.. ...more

I live here, and I love it. But it's the worst place to go to school, I want to live in the suburbs! The schools are cooler, the people are more like the people in disney movies: The popular girls and boys, jocks, I love that idea! And then in New York, it's the annoying girls who want to look like they're insecure or something, the boys who claim they hate the girls, but talk to them anyways... I'm the only person who claims to not like those girls and stays not talking to them. So the city is great, but the schools stink

Everything about New York is amazing! The biggest city in the country, with about 8-10 million people, and it has basically everything you can ask for. The sports, musicals, streets, landmarks, and restaurants cannot be beaten, not even by Los Angeles or Chicago.

the best

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2 Los Angeles

Actually, it's hard to chose the "best" city of the USA. I love America and I love all of its cities. But Los Angeles is simply the one I like most.

Beach, some of the best weather in the world, cars, great sports teams, and cultures from all over the world. There's a reason everybody comes to LA. - strategery52

this or new york but I pick the big LA because it's in California, the birthplace of skating and it is so nice down there even though the hood is like a feet away hahahahahahhaha lol - ballaboi17

My safe heaven! ❤

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3 Chicago Chicago more.

Chicago should definitely be #1 New York is cool but WAY too expensive.Chicago has awesome sports teams with awesome fans. So many attractions and nice people, unlike New York where there are a lot of mean people and a lot of bad drivers. Chicago has amazing nightlife and good suburbs too. - Ajkloth

I think Chicago should have been number one because it has the the lights the nightlife the apts the house the downtown every thing. Plus Chi-Town is awesome for the sports and entertainment. Also it has like the best foods to try and I'm not just saying this because I'm from there.


I was in all three largest cities (I'm from Germany), but I liked Chicago the most. The skyline is perfect and you could feel the water (Lake Michigan, the canals) everywhere. Unlike Manhattan, where the buildings want to be far far away from Hudson/East River. I hate New York, because it is too big and it is on an island. Los Angeles is also just too big and you have to use your car to get anywhere (except for the Walk of Fame in Hollywood).

I rent a bike in Chicago and drive along the Lake Michigan shoreline. That was awesome!

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

Very nice city, surrounded by beautiful national parks. There is so much to do there! The people are very well educated too.

Very nice city if your computer savvy, one of the most technologically advanced cities in the United State.

Low crime rates, high quality of life, clean environment, beautiful scenery, and highly educated people contribute to this cities overall greatness. There's a reason this city is the fastest growing city in the country. - Auf29482

Basically, the crime is low, the people are nice, and the only reason it does not have over 1 million people living in it is because of the rain - SpectralOwl

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

If you're going to San Francisco, be sure to wear some flowers in your hair

I love this state but this state actually is supposed to be even more expensive than New York City yes look at that a California city is actually more expensive that a city in New York but both of these states are cool to visit though.

SF is definitely the place to be! also it's in C-A-L-I-F-O-R-N-I-A baby!

I love san francisco and california as a whole and it is the greatest state but I love LA the most.

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6 Philadelphia Philadelphia 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 more.

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

AMAZING food. Great sports teams, wonderful skyline, really nice parts around Penn U, great weather

Great food. Great culture. I live about 30 minutes away and I went down the other day and couldn't decide between Pat's or Geno's. So I got both.

Should be number 1. Almost every city started with this dime. I'm 13, and all I want to do is go there again. And I was just there a week ago for the 9294005th time

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7 Boston Boston

I was born in 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 has a great comedy scene as well. Although Boston may be smaller than cities like New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, that adds to the appeal and charm of the city.

Boston is amazing... Our sport teams are some of the best in the country and we have the oldest baseball park... Fenway park! The sights, food, museums, everything about Boston is great and strong epically the people. BOSTON STRONG

Far and away the best city in the United States. Strong economy, great culture, proud people, beautiful historic sites, 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 unequal to any other city. Definitely number 1!

They have the best sport teams

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8 San Diego San Diego

picture los angeles but without the smog, constant crime and gang wars, large ghetto areas - aman28

Okay, if any of you 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 the waves.

By far the best "micro climate" on earth.
Only a few rainy days each year, and usually between 65 and 75 degrees all year, with a few days in the 80's during summer, and below freezing in winter about one day every 10 years.

Born and raised in SD, offers almost everything you could want in a big city with a less stressful atmosphere.

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9 Miami

Lovely city has a lot of culture influence by Cuba and other Caribbean islands has a lush and tropical landscape palm trees and tropical fruit trees everywhere AND A LOT OF SUGAR CANE FIELDS Miami beach is your destination this summer I recommend you all to go

Wonderful beach, awesome night clubs, wonderful lights at night, bunch of palm trees, hot girls and nice tropical weather. I also would like to live there, but gotta watch out from hurricanes.

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 "playboys paradise".
5)Hot chicks round every corner.
6)Amazing weather.
7)Quality cars.
What more could you want?

Higher, it should be 1

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10 Washington, D.C.

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

The monument, lincoln memorial, jefferson memorial, and Mount Vernon around the corner makes this a good place, DOWNSIDE, traffic, use the metro

The capitol of the US of A deserves a little more respect don't ya think?

I live here... the best city ever

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The Contenders

11 Denver

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 to hot or cold, but still has 4 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 back drop 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 absolutely on of the best cities to live in. Denver 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.

I live in Kansas near colorado. I have been to Denver 27+ times in my lifetime. I have been all around Denver. The city is very diverse, clean, so much construction (its growing fast), great hospitals, nice people (i've talked to a lot of people there), interesting weather, not too hot/cold, lots of nightlife, beautiful homes, however the traffic can be a pain, but there's a lot of good things this city has to offer.

Danvers actually very big by the way

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12 Atlanta

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.

I Love Atlanta it is a very pretty City Coca Cola Vote Atlanta or you gonna die

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 NYC city.

I love there

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13 Orlando

Loads of fun, with their numerous theme parks. Absolutely loved Disney World!

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

Orlando has great weather and tons of theme parks. Florida is the best state ever

That's where I live and I love it

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14 Portland, OR Portland, OR 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.

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

One of the cities that have low crime rates. Air quality is good since Portland is big on being green. Good food and it has great microbreweries.

Best outside of the big 3 and seattle

Best city in america bitch

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15 Tampa

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.

It is sad that it is lower then Detroit aka the worst city ever

I'm going on vacation there in two weeks - YOSHIA2121

It is above Detroit as of 10/30/2016

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16 Minneapolis

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 night life, as well as a very active church community. There is the Minnesota Science Center, the Walker Art Center, 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 well funded usually 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 ...more

AWESOME! Although it does have quite the mosquito problem... And too much darn snow... And cold. BUT YOU KNOW WHAT! It has over 15,000 lakes, diverse population, nice cities, great ski/snowboard areas, amazing state fair, and did I mention LAKES?

Nice city, very underrated.

Peaceful, but boring as hell. - CamAsff

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17 Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids is amazing, It's a nice size (200K POP) It has great food, and it doesn't get enough recognition/credit. Grand Rapids is Awesome!

This city shows signs Michigan is not a wasteland like some people say. No, the title of "Wasteland" would go to a city called Flint. Grand Rapids, however, holds ArtPrize, the world's biggest art competition, as well as being called the "Beer City of the US" for people who would have a little of that. That, as well as the beauty in the cities, and the surrounding Lakeshore cities (Holland and Grand Haven), ma, e Grand Rapids a great place. - Turkeyasylum

I live here, and it's kind of hard to adjust if you're an Arab living in a city full of white people. I'm really not trying to be racist. - Vic21102

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

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18 Houston

Only voting so I can comment. As a resident of Houston, I greatly dislike it. I may have grown up here, but it's totally bland and the weather is just ugly, even when it's sunny. I'm surprised that this is higher than Austin (the REAL best city in Texas), Dallas, or even San Antonio..

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

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

It seems like a very progressive city!

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19 Phoenix

Phoenix is a good place for a journey of heat. I like Phoenix from the landscape. Buildings from Downtown are not so tall but its Still nice.

Its awesome and not everyone is racist we have beautiful lanscapes and the people here are friendly I love Arizona we are one of the best places to live people say were bad bit were not and its just rumors and you really should not believe them until you know if there true or not

Phoenix is doing so much better now than in the past 2000s. and Phoenix is underrated compared to major big cities in the US, Convention Center oppened, Civic Center, Cityscape... We have a lot of stores and restaurants in Phoenix (even too much lol). Phoenix temperature is hot in summer, but nice in winter or autumn. Racism, are everywhere in the world and not everyone is racist in Phoenix you can meet someone really social and more more antisocial

Feels like a microwave there!

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20 Pittsburgh

I'm so happy to see the burgh so high up. Beautiful city, so much to do, nice people, very historic. Oh, and we have the Steelers. I was born here, raised here, and I plan to die here. Great place - ryanrimmel

One of the lowest crime rates in the country, quiet evrybody knows everybody, tight knit community, a peaceful city, which successfully changed with the times unlike most of the rust belt. - Bturlik

Pittsburgh is my favorite city. It is my home. It has amazing views, sports, food, people, shops, activities, schools, and much more! This city deserves to be in the top ten!

Definitely one of the greatest cities in the entire nation. - SteelCity99

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