The 5 Best Cities to Live in 2020

When we live in the same place for a long time, it’s easy to forget that the US is a huge country, with dozens of other cities and experiences in every kind of climate. Life is short—maybe it’s time for you to pick up sticks and find job and housing opportunities elsewhere. Maybe you’re just looking for somewhere more affordable to live.

If you’re contemplating a change of scenery, for an experience out of your comfort zone, then maybe consider moving to one of these seven cities:

Austin, TX

  • Median Age: 34
  • Average salary: $50,000
  • Median rent: $1,155

Austin consistently tops “Best Places to Live” lists, and it’s obvious why: the economy is strong, housing is affordable still, and the standard of living is high. Music and live performance is a major part of the culture (it’s even been called the Live Music Capital of the World), not to mention the incredible food culture. As the capital of Texas, it’s also an influential city nationwide. With a young populace and a vibrant culture, Austin is still the ideal place to live.

Denver, CO

  • Median Age: 36
  • Average salary: $57,000
  • Median rent: $1,200

If you love nature but you don’t want to give up “the city life,” then Denver is the city for you. With an elevation of 5,280 feet, the Mile High City is in fact not a mountain town. Instead, it sits at the base of the Rocky Mountains, where it’s only a short drive away from Red Rocks Park and Cherry Creek State Park. As a result, the city is a destination city for backpackers, snowboarders, hikers, and mountaineers.

There’s another reason Denver is the city for nature lovers: the temperatures are pretty mild. Winter averages just below freezing (31 degrees) while the summer averages at just above 70.

Colorado Springs, CO

  • Median Age: 34
  • Average salary: $50,000
  • Median rent: $1,070

With a climate like Colorado’s, it’s no surprise that Colorado shows up twice on this list. If Denver is the loud, boisterous city, then you can consider Colorado Springs its quieter little brother. Colorado Springs has got a strong employment rate and plenty to offer residents regarding fun and recreation. The city also houses a nationally-ranked university and a military base, creating a mix of military and academic career professionals.

Due to the population growth that comes with colleges and military bases, Colorado Springs is in the middle of a pretty large housing boom. With new homes come new parks and schools, setting the foundation for a decade of sustainable growth and a high standard of living.

Fayetteville, AR

  • Median Age: 33
  • Average salary: $46,000
  • Median rent: $778

Fayetteville is located in the Ozark Mountains, with ample green space and state parks all around the city. Though a smaller city than any on this list (pop: 500,000), Fayetteville has a growing food culture, live music, and a well-known performing arts center. It’s also the home of the University of Arkansas flagship campus, which has made it a center of academia in the state. If none of that is compelling enough, Fayetteville is one of only two cities on this list with a median rent under $778, and is one of the most affordable cities in the nation.

Des Moines, IA

  • Median Age: 35
  • Average salary: $50,000
  • Median rent: $857

As the capital city of a “flyover” state, Des Moines would often be overlooked by people looking to live affordable lives without giving up the culture and energy of city life. But with a vibrant downtown and an extremely affordable housing market, families and young single people alike are giving Des Moines another look. There are colonial and Tudor-style homes only a short drive from downtown for mature homeowners, while young renters have access to all kinds of apartments and condos in downtown Des Moines.

As the city grows, festivals and locally-owned restaurants are developing a food culture that’s wholly unique to the city. Hip bars and new businesses ensure that young people have both profitable careers and social lives. However, unlike many of the cities on this list, Des Moines has less than a million residents. Even in a big city, Des Moines retains that “neighborly” environment that you can’t find in larger cities.

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