The 2019 rankings were guided by an exclusive studyconducted by Livability.com in partnership with Ipsos. More than 1,000 millennials across the country were surveyed to determine what matters most to them when making relocation decisions. The top responses — affordability and job opportunities — were factored into this year’s ranking criteria, including, for the first time ever, a cap on housing costs. No city on Livability’s 2019 Top 100 Best Places to Live has a median home value exceeding $250,000.
“The cities on this year’s list represent the best of the best when it comes to affordability and opportunity,” says Livability.com Editor-in-Chief Winona Dimeo-Ediger. “These 100 cities are not just fantastic places to live in terms of their amenities, education, health care and infrastructure, they are places where young people can build amazing careers and communities.”
First things first: if you’ve never visited Bloomington, you need to go. Now.
Now that you’ve been there, you can see how it’s nearly impossible to wander the downtown square, sample craft beers with friendly locals and explore the gorgeous Indiana University campus without thinking, “Man, this would be a great place to live.”
We couldn’t agree more. Bloomington earned a spot in the top 20 thanks to high scores in the categories of health (top-notch medical care and miles of easily accessible trails make it easy for residents to stay healthy and active), as well as housing (prices are rising but there are still affordable options to be had) and, of course, amenities (the list of things to do in Bloomington is endless, but here are six of our favorites).
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Livability.com highlights America’s best small to mid-sized cities. Through nationally recognized rankings, top 10 lists, daily articles and social media content, Livability helps readers discover the best places to live, work and visit. Livability.com is a division of Journal Communications, Inc.