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Best Cities to Live in the USA

Whether you’re looking to pursue a new career or to chase the American Dream lifestyle, the States remains one of the most popular destinations for expats across the globe. America boasts a melting pot of cultures and backgrounds, making it a great place to live as an expat. Furthermore, being the land of opportunity, there are so many added benefits to crossing the pond.

If you are relocating to America, you may be curious as to which cities you should look into. Being such a large nation with 50 states of varying populations, lifestyles and landscapes, it can be daunting to think about. But what makes a good city to live in? There are a number of factors to consider, such as quality of life, job opportunities, education, affordability, safety and infrastructure. Your choice would entirely depend on your top requirements.

Our list of the best cities to live in the USA considers these factors so that you can make the best choice for you and your family. Read on to discover our top 5 picks.

San Francisco, California

Population: 842,754

Average salary: $69,700

Quality of life: 6.8

San Francisco is the heart of the bohemian lifestyle. With a booming economy, great weather and endless options for going out and getting active, the area is very popular amongst young professionals. In the last decade, San Francisco has welcomed thousands of technology companies to its scene, meaning there is a good supply of well-paid jobs there. This has, however, made the cost of living quite high, especially in the Bay Area, which is something to consider if moving to San Francisco.

Golden Gate Bridge at sunset in San Francisco, California

Des Moines, Iowa

Population: 215,408

Average salary: $50,600

Quality of life: 7.0

Des Moines draws millennials and families alike for its local restaurants, hip bars and charming independent shops. Des Moines also has many historical residences in quiet neighbourhoods, making the lifestyle there both relaxed and enjoyable. Home to more than 80 insurance companies, including global giants such as Allied Insurance, the job market is currently booming, which is a bonus for anyone looking to pursue a career.

Des Moines apartment blocks with cars parked on the main road

Colorado Springs, Colorado

Population: 478,221

Average salary: $50,050

Quality of life: 7.0

Colorado Springs is undoubtedly one of the most breathtaking cities in the States. Blessed with majestic mountains and beautiful weather, you should definitely consider the area for your next move. There are plenty of new developments in Colorado Springs that boast a modern ambience, whilst also offering historic streets in areas such as Old Colorado City. Whatsmore, the city is just a short 1-hour drive from Denver and is in close proximity to world-class ski resorts – perfect for any adventure enthusiast.

Skyline view of high rise buildings in Colorado Springs

Austin, Texas

Population: 978,908

Average salary: $51,840

Quality of life: 7.3

Texas is by far one of the most popular US destinations for expats, welcoming 150 new residents each day. Many travels to Texas for the vast outdoor spaces, cultural institutions and country living lifestyle. Austin is infamous for its music scene and is home to some of America’s biggest music festivals, such as Austin City Limits. Austin also has a very good education system and skilled workforce, thanks to the University of Texas and other well-known schooling facilities.

Austin Texas city skyline view with a park in the foreground

Portland, Oregon

Population: 654,741

Average salary: $55,330

Quality of life: 6.7

Portland is a great place to move if you’re looking to experience world-class food and drinks, excellent outdoor recreation, and great job opportunities. The city is well situated; driving for an hour east will take you to vast open mountains, whereas an hour west will take you to the ocean. The average annual salary is also good in Portland, with markets booming in specialisms such as technology, health and trades.

If you’re considering a move to the USA, you should get in touch with Gerson Relocation. Our specialists are well-equipped to handle every aspect of your international relocation. Learn more about moving to America in our useful relocation guide, or get in touch today.

Portland city in Oregon with high-rise buildings at sunset

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