We poll the nation each year to find out what matters most in communities throughout the U.S. Is health care most important, or affordable housing? Which matters more, commute times or climate? We then source the best public and private data available to find the small to mid-sized cities, towns and villages that meet your standards of a Best Place to Live.
This year, nearly 2,300 cities were ranked on more than 40 data points measuring economics, housing, amenities, infrastructure, demographics, social and civic capital, education and health care.
Want to know more about how this list came together this year? Check out our methodology page and our ranking criteria.
2018 Top 100 Best Places to Live
# 63. Blacksburg, VA
With gorgeous scenery, the Blacksburg area features 60 mountain peaks and a myriad of trails that are ideal for hiking and biking. Home to Virginia Tech, the college town atmosphere in Blacksburg has helped foster affordable housing options along with a robust downtown district, fantastic restaurants, boutiques, and entertainment venues.
The Blacksburg Historic District draws admirers of Greek revival, Gothic and Colonial American architecture, and the local economy is bolstered by innovative technology hubs like Virginia Tech Transportation Institute's Automation Park, a sprawling testing ground for drones and self-driving cars.