Special Report

Best Cities to Live in Every State

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Colorado: Greenwood Village
> Population: 15,677
> 5 yr. population change: +10.2%
> Median home value: $889,400
> Median household income: $127,134
> 5 yr. avg. unemployment: 3.4%

Greenwood Village is a small Denver suburb about 10 miles south of the city. Like many other municipalities within commuting distance of a major urban area, Greenwood Village residents benefit from easy access to amenities in the nearby city as well as employment opportunities there. Likely partially as a result, an average of just 3.4% of workers in Greenwood were unemployed in the past five years, a far lower share than the comparable 5.9% national unemployment rate over that period.

Greenwood Village residents give the city high marks in several measures of quality of life. According to a residential survey conducted in fall 2018, the city’s parks, aesthetics, and safety are the primary reasons most residents are very satisfied living in Greenwood Village. These and other conditions likely help explain why Greenwood Village is drawing in new residents and families. Over the last five years, the city’s population grew by 10.2%.

Connecticut: Darien
> Population: 21,759
> 5 yr. population change: +4.0%
> Median home value: $1,461,100
> Median household income: $210,511
> 5 yr. avg. unemployment: 5.2%

Darien, Connecticut, located in Long Island Sound less than 50 miles from midtown Manhattan, is home to one of the wealthiest communities in the country. Well over half of all households in Darien earn at least $200,000 a year. Darien is also one of the safest communities in the country. There were just 18 violent crimes for every 100,000 residents in 2018, a fraction of the 381 violent crimes per 100,000 people nationwide.

Residents of Darien and the surrounding county have easy access to a range of amenities and attractions. The area has a higher than average concentration of places like gyms, golf courses, marinas, parks, and museums.

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Delaware: Middletown
> Population: 21,250
> 5 yr. population change: +11.5%
> Median home value: $288,400
> Median household income: $89,354
> 5 yr. avg. unemployment: 5.9%

Middletown, located about 30 miles south of Wilmington, ranks as the best community in Delaware to live in. The city has several parks, and partially as a result, about 97% of Middletown and surrounding county residents have easy access to places for physical activity, such as gyms or parks. Middletown is also a safe town. There were 286 violent crimes for every 100,000 people in Middletown in 2018, one of the lowest violent crime rates in the state and well below the national violent crime rate of 381 per 100,000.

Like many of the cities and towns on this list, Middletown is growing rapidly. In the last five years, Middletown’s population climbed 11.5%.

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Florida: Key Biscayne
> Population: 13,054
> 5 yr. population change: +3.9%
> Median home value: $1,218,200
> Median household income: $133,958
> 5 yr. avg. unemployment: 4.4%

Key Biscayne, a small town located on a barrier island just south of Miami, ranks as the best place to live in Florida. One of the safest communities in the country, Key Biscayne’s violent crime rate of 38 incidents for every 100,000 people is only about a 10th of the national violent crime rate of 381 per 100,000.

While the area has a high cost of living with especially high housing costs, incomes are also high in the area. The typical Key Biscayne household earns $133,958 per year, more than double the national median household income of $60,293. Poverty is also relatively uncommon in Key Biscayne. Less than 5% of the population lives below the poverty line, one of the lowest poverty rates in Florida.

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Georgia: Milton
> Population: 38,171
> 5 yr. population change: +13.0%
> Median home value: $534,400
> Median household income: $125,096
> 5 yr. avg. unemployment: 3.2%

Incorporated in 2006, Milton, Georgia, is a young and rapidly growing planned community. Home to over 38,000 people, Milton’s population has boomed by 13.0% in the last five years. Within commuting distance of Atlanta, Milton residents have access to jobs in the largest city in the state. Partially as a result, Milton has had an average unemployment rate of only 3.2% over the past five years, one of the lowest jobless rates in the state and well below the 5.9% national average during that time.

Milton is also one of the safest cities in Georgia. There were just 28 violent crimes for every 100,000 residents in 2018, a fraction of the comparable national rate of 381 per 100,000.