The best place to live in the United States isn’t a big metropolis like New York or Los Angeles, but a suburb of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, according to Niche’s 2023 ranking.
The list ranked 17,932 cities and neighborhoods using data from the US Census, FBI, Bureau of Labor Statistics and CDC in combination with millions of resident reviews. THE best places to live were decided based on the following factors:
- Local housing market
- Diversity of neighborhoods
- Public schools in the region
Top 10 Best Places to Live in USA 2023
- Chesterbrook, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
- Colonial Village, Arlington, Virginia.
- Ardmore, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
- Hyde Park–Spanishtown Creek, Tampa, Florida.
- Penn Wynne, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
- Downtown, Santa Monica, CA.
- Cambridgeport, Mass.
- North Ward, Orlando, Florida.
- Devon, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
- Great Neck Gardens, Long Island, NY
Chesterbrook, Pennsylvania is the best place to live in America for the fourth year in a row.
The suburb of Philadelphia is known for its high level educational system. The Tredyffrin-Easttown local school district ranked No. 2 in the state and No. 27 in the nation in Niche rankings this year, Niche data analyst Cortland Reed told CNBC Make It.
The suburb is also close to several colleges, including the University of Pennsylvania, Swarthmore College, Haverford College, and Villanova University.
Although Chesterbrook scored high in education, housing, and in its reviews of residents, it scored low in affordability and weather.
The median home price in Chesterbrook is $434,750, according to real estate agent.com.
Colonial Village, Virginia is the second best place to live in the United States. It also tops the Niche list of the best neighborhoods to live.
Colonial Village is a neighborhood in Arlington, Virginia, and ranks among the best thanks, in part, to its proximity to prestigious schools like Georgetown University and George Washington University.
Colonial Village’s local public school system, Arlington Public Schools, is No. 2 in Virginia, according to Niche. The city also earned high marks for its diverse population, family friendliness, nightlife, and health and wellness.
Also ranked among best neighborhoods to raise a familyColonial Village “has proven to be a well-rounded place for residents of all ages,” Reed said.
Rounding out the top three is Ardmore, another Pennsylvania suburb, which Reed says is “a lot like its neighbor, Chesterbrook.”
Ardmore scored highly among Niche’s family categories, including the eighth best place to raise a family in America.
“Like Chesterbrook, Ardmore’s weakest factors are affordability and weather, but very high scores in all other factors outweigh these weaknesses,” Reed said.
The average Ardmore home value is $425,051, up 4.5% from a year ago, according to Zillow.
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