America...a country filled with diverse cities and diverse people. Most of us are proud of our hometowns, and even if we aren't we pretend we are. But apparently, there are better cities to live in and some of them may not be your hometown.
Don't worry, mine didn't make it on the list and I am pretending not to be bitter.
What better way to bring about some unity than compare cities and see which ones are the best? These rankings are based on factors such as crime rates, employment growth, attractions for residents and housing affordability.
With help from 24/7 Wall St., we now have a list that ranks these cities.
Here are the best 50 cities in the United States to live in.
50. Fargo, North Dakota
via: Getty ImagesFargo has become one of the fastest growing cities in the United States. Beautiful winters, booming oil industry and one of the lowest unemployment rates in all of the U.S. Its population is a healthy size of 116, 572 and it is home to North Dakota State University.
49. Irving, Texas
Are you ready for the weekend? Come visit this beautiful scene, it will become one of your favorite places to relax… https://t.co/t8ASNSqQQ8— Verandah at VR (@Verandah at VR)1519403294.0
48. Fishers, Indiana
Fishers, Indiana hopes to build a tech hub in the suburbs with the state’s first IoT Lab https://t.co/XmenG720Vx— Jelly Words (@Jelly Words)1521658372.0
47. Eau Claire, WisconsinWith a population of just over 64,000 people, this tiny, snowy town loves to ski and loves to drink. This city has more bars per capita than any other city in the United States. You might think there would be nothing to do in such a small town, but there is no lack of recreational facilities, libraries and movie theaters. Small, but mighty. You go, Eau Claire.
46. Missouri City, Texas
Recently Completed Dock and Pier in the Missouri City, Texas area. http://t.co/6z5SS3gII1— Wood Crafters / Rangel Construction Services (@Wood Crafters / Rangel Construction Services)1399307871.0
45. Bend, Oregon
Tumalo Falls, Bend, Oregon #nature #hiking https://t.co/jG2eXOy67C— Explore The USA (@Explore The USA)1521142635.0
44. Fort Collins, ColoradoFort Collins is a college town, home to Colorado State University. Lots of students means lots of restaurants, bars and things to keep people entertained. Over half the population has a bachelor's degree and the high school students have some of the highest test scores in the United States. Surrounded by mountains and snow, this beautiful city is sure to keep you amazed at all times.
43. Hoover, Alabama
via: Getty ImagesThere are over 84,000 people who call Hoover home sweet home. A city known for residents who have financial stability, the annual income rate is higher than most cities, which is shocking because Alabama is one of the poorest states in America. The cost of living in Hoover is relatively cheap due to their inexpensive goods and services.
42. Concord, North Carolina
Top 10 Restaurants in Concord, North Carolina! 😋 https://t.co/dzhXgpYLfI https://t.co/3rGZdrnPtW— Punchy Whitakers Tire Pros (@Punchy Whitakers Tire Pros)1513445162.0
41. Cranston, Rhode IslandA small suburb of Providence, the residents of Cranston also enjoy some of the best air quality in the country. It has a low crime rate compared to the rest of the state and offers a large amount of libraries and sports clubs for its residents.
40. Port St. Lucie, Florida
Your port of call is waiting in St. Lucie. #VisitStLucie https://t.co/y0QrLjuYVN— Visit St. Lucie (@Visit St. Lucie)1520352906.0
39. Palm Coast, Florida
Beautiful day for soccer at the Winter Cup in Palm Coast, Florida. https://t.co/HpxGQRBqrH— Joanne Post (@Joanne Post)1512216895.0
38. Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
🌇 The only kind of sunsets I don't like are the ones that I missed. Nts, watch more sunsets than netflix. Who's gui… https://t.co/JYARJekRdW— Travelling Foodie Raymond Cua (@Travelling Foodie Raymond Cua)1520484101.0
37. Boca Raton, Florida
Living my best life. #TravelTuesday #ThePalmBeaches #BocaRaton https://t.co/q2ySEg32bn— Mark Daniell (@Mark Daniell)1521584494.0
36. Gaithersburg, Maryland
#autumn #fallcolors #gaithersburg #maryland #nikon #d750 @SenecaCreekSP @MDStateParks @GburgMD @NikonUSA @wusa9… https://t.co/YBuAUuZwsa— Mike D 📷 (@Mike D 📷)1509994839.0
35. West Jordan, Utah
West Jordan, Utah @McMittBabe https://t.co/t9WChjfqpK— USA Sunrise (@USA Sunrise)1486564941.0
34. St. George, Utah
via: Getty ImagesAnother great city found in Utah. Located along the border with Arizona, St. George holds beauty, history, oh and it's right next to Zion National Park. With lots to eat, lots to see and lots to do, St. George is a one-stop city shop for all of your needs.
33. Henderson, Nevada
Lava Butte Henderson Nevada 3/4/2018 #nevada #lavabutte #sunrise #hendersonnv https://t.co/BAwtvCY2PA— James Marvin Phelps (@James Marvin Phelps)1520190335.0
32. Roseville, California
Lovely! (at Roseville, California) https://t.co/q5C8fIkaep— Kaye Swain (@Kaye Swain)1518161471.0
31. Temecula, California
Love #wine and #motorcycles? Check out @DoffoWines in #Temecula #California. #WineWednesday @trip101.com… https://t.co/VgidX7rzGP— KurtTravels2 (@KurtTravels2)1518634824.0
30. Franklin, Tennessee
The first day of spring is here and what a beautiful morning we’ve had in #FranklinTN! 🌿 Who else is excited for so… https://t.co/GTs6cojLfw— Franklin Tennessee (@Franklin Tennessee)1521556025.0
29. Pembroke Pines, Florida
#Sky: This is SIMPLY AMAZING. #SendItTo7 @wsvn Captured by 📸 DaMalco in Pembroke Pines, Florida 🌴 #iPhonePhotography https://t.co/pElxk3imqu— Dayne Malcolm (@Dayne Malcolm)1457394862.0
28. Alexandria, Virginia
Alexandria, Virginia https://t.co/NCXl1GgQBg https://t.co/hbchRSqNvJ— Ernst Georges (@Ernst Georges)1520712229.0
27. Cape Coral, Florida
💕💦💕Beautiful #Sunrise #Cape #Coral #Florida 💕💦 FB📷 #JeffWilson 💥 https://t.co/pgmydpIzYX— Sea&SolShades (@Sea&SolShades)1521216922.0
26. Chino, California
@joradding But an actual conversation I had: Where do you live? Chino, California. Ah, up north! You're not so f… https://t.co/VswFnru3m0— Nikki (@Nikki)1520696638.0
25. Kirkland, Washington
@DangTravelers Loving this idea for a couple's getaway in Kirkland, Washington! https://t.co/KOGmlM7GIs https://t.co/usdxz1p1Wd— Travel Far (@Travel Far)1518632102.0
24. Plymouth, Minnesota
23. Camarillo, California
Sometimes you just have to stop and enjoy the view. 😎 PC: yshubert . . #visitcamarillo #camarillo #california… https://t.co/8FbuWclVKj— Visit Camarillo (@Visit Camarillo)1521648120.0
22. Folsom, California
@Freeyourmindkid Folsom, California (Yes, home of Folsom Prison, the one Johnny Cash visited.) https://t.co/CzjNDjrZhs— Meg C. #IVoted (@Meg C. #IVoted)1521123696.0
21. Clifton, New Jersey
A park in Clifton New Jersey @News12NJ #firstsnowfall https://t.co/1I8pTv1x3T— jayk730 (@jayk730)1512878889.0
20. Santa Clarita, California
A few days ago filming in Santa Clarita. #california #vintage #photography https://t.co/CDmsuCqKbR— Justin Sorvillo (@Justin Sorvillo)1494525937.0
19. Hillsboro, California
Sunset, Hillsboro, Oregon https://t.co/Yg6pg71AtJ— CMR (@CMR)1518142770.0
18. Woodbury, Minnesota
Autumn 🍂 pics around Woodbury Minnesota. https://t.co/iCE16e2T2P— Pete Zagarine 🍫 (@Pete Zagarine 🍫)1508458329.0
17. Palatine, Illinois
16. Longmont, Colorado
Longmont, Colorado @TimKingSculpt https://t.co/QmOatkHjDL— USA Sunrise (@USA Sunrise)1512742310.0
15. Overland Park, Kansas
@lnanderson @GerardJebaily @NWSKansasCity beautiful firey sky in overland park kansas tonight https://t.co/hSDo78ftqJ— Brad Besial Bryant (@Brad Besial Bryant)1505608807.0
14. Farmington Hills, Michigan
13. Arvada, Colorado
Good morning! Here's a local photo I took yesterday. #oldetownarvada #arvada #colorado #photography #evening… https://t.co/qxz8wwCVEp— Radiant Sky Photography (@Radiant Sky Photography)1517323085.0
12. Virginia Beach, Virginia
We are so excited that our boardwalk was listed as one of the Best Beach Boardwalks in the US by the @travelchannel… https://t.co/9w4x8GIZd8— Visit Virginia Beach (@Visit Virginia Beach)1521244801.0
11. Bismarck, North Dakota
via: Getty ImagesThe recent oil boom in North Dakota has increased its economic growth and the size of its population, drawing people in due to more job opportunities. It is an affordable city with low unemployment rates and some of the shortest commute for its residents. Bismarck also has the best air quality in all of the United States.
10. Layton, Utah
@UWBadgers Layton, Utah 😎 #OnWisconsin ❤ https://t.co/5p3cwcniIe— Sharon George (@Sharon George)1511034398.0
9. Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
via: Getty ImagesBethlehem looks like a city from your favorite fairytale. With its bright fall colors and historic architecture, over 78,000 people call Bethlehem home. Students at Lehigh University have crafted the surrounding area into a college town, with many restaurants, museums and attractions. Costs associated with healthcare, transportation and services are well below the national average.
8. Waukesha, Wisconsin
via: Getty ImagesA suburb of Milwaukee with a population of just over 71,000 people, Waukesha has much to offer for residents and visitors. Originally known as a spa city, its fresh spring water and humid climate draws in those looking for peace and tranquility. Its population is increasing, and with low crime rates and affordable real estate, it will probably continue to grow.
7. Goodyear, Arizona
.@GCofEstrella, in Goodyear, AZ, is regularly listed as a Top 20 Course in Arizona by @golfweek!… https://t.co/ir5xaIGxG1— Rock Bottom Golf (@Rock Bottom Golf)1520104516.0
6. Cary, North Carolina
via: Getty ImagesCary is one of the most educated populations in the nation, with just over 61% of the 155,700 residents having a bachelor's degree or higher. A corporate research center named the Research Triangle Park employs a bulk of the residents, making the unemployment rates quite low in Cary. In the past decade, the population has grown almost 45%. The average household income of about $92,000 a year, is almost double the statewide median.
5. Eagan, Minnesota
via: Getty ImagesLocated across from the Mississippi and Minnesota river, this beautiful city is home to just over 66,000 people. The crime rates are incredibly low, as are the unemployment rates. The cost of living is quite high, but so is the average household income. Over half of the residents have a bachelor's degree.
4. Centennial, Colorado
3. Johns Creek, Georgia
via: Getty ImagesWith a population of over 81,000 people, this city is definitely one of the more wealthy areas in the state of Georgia. The median household income in Johns Creek is $100,000. 66% of residents have a bachelor's degree, which explains the high level of employment and the low levels of poverty. Residents enjoy plenty or restaurants and leisure activities.
2. Danbury Connecticut
via: Getty ImagesDanbury is one of the most expensive cities in the United States to live in. The cost of living in Danbury is about 31% higher than the national average. Housing expenses are high, but many of its 83,700 residents find Danbury to be worth the cost. There are 57 marinas and 10 nature parks to keep its residents entertained.
1. Meridian, Idaho
via: Getty ImagesWe've made it, people. The number one place in the United States to live in is in Idaho. Located just outside the capitol, Meridian has got it all. Poverty is low, unemployment is low, crime rates are low and the job market is growing. Its population of 87,700 is only expected to grow because of its many benefits. The air quality is great and the city gets about 12 inches of snow a year. There you have it folks, we are all moving to Idaho. I never thought I would hear those words escape my mouth.