Announces America's Top 100 Places to Live for 2010

Top 10 cities poised for economic recovery also identified

Apr 20, 2010, 11:50 ET from

BRIGHTON, Mich., April 20 /PRNewswire/ -- The three most important things to remember when moving and buying a new home are: location, location, location. As potential homebuyers start looking for new homes,, the premier website in providing relocating consumers access to resources for their upcoming relocation, has released its 13th annual list of "America's Top 100 Places to Live for 2010."

The "Top 100 Places to Live" list features several breakout categories such as the Top 10 Recovery Cities, Retirement Cities, 'Earth Friendly' Cities, Recreation Cities and Small Towns.

New for this year, the Top 10 Recovery Cities focused on areas poised for swift economic recovery. Many of these communities did not see the massive real estate bubble that formed in other areas and have a more diverse economy.

To be considered for the list, a community is nominated at From the thousands of submissions,'s editorial team reviews the nominations and selects the Top 100 Places to Live, as well as the Top 10 for each smaller category, based on interviews with local leaders; feedback from residents; and economic, environmental, education, crime, employment and housing data for the past year.

"Given the tough economic times our nation is facing, homebuyers have re-evaluated their priorities and are looking to relocate to communities that offer plenty of perks, but minimal hassle and cost," said Peter Meyers, Vice President, Research and Content Development, at "While some cities are facing a road to recovery that could take years, others are poised for a quick rebound – and already have seen growth. We wanted to highlight those cities that are on the road back to economic health."

Click to view and download photos of the "Top 100 Places to Live."

The "Top 100 Places to Live" list is organized with the Top 10 communities ranked and the remaining 90 compiled alphabetically, to recognize all the communities on the list.

Top 10 Overall Cities:

Top 10 Recovery Cities:

1.  Huntsville, AL

1.  Huntsville, AL

2.  Washington, DC

2.  Austin, TX

3.  Austin, TX

3.  Las Cruces, NM  

4.  San Diego, CA

4   Washington, DC

5.  San Antonio, TX

5.  San Antonio, TX

6.  Tulsa, OK

6.  McAllen, TX

7.  Charlotte, NC

7.  Billings, MT

8.  Raleigh, NC

8.  Albuquerque, NM

9.  Boulder, CO

9.  Everett, WA

10. Minneapolis, MN

10. Boulder, CO

Top 10 Retirement Cities:

Top 10 'Earth Friendly' Cities:

1.  Ashville, NC

1.  Portland, OR

2.  Bella Vista, AR

2.  Boston, MA

3.  Green Valley, AZ

3.  Madison, WI

4.  Sarasota, FL

4.  Boulder, CO

5.  Prescott, AZ

5.  Austin, TX

6.  Tampa, FL

6.  Chicago, IL

7.  Greenville, SC

7.  Minneapolis, MN

8.  San Antonio, TX

8.  Fort Worth, TX

9.  Hot Springs Village, AR

9.  Ann Arbor, MI

10. Colorado Springs, CO

10. Huntsville, AL

Top 10 Recreation Cities:

Top 10 Small Towns (<40K pop.):

1.  Boulder, CO

1.  Grinnell, IA

2.  Santa Cruz, CA

2.  St. Augustine, FL

3.  Flagstaff, AZ

3.  Fairhope, AL

4.  St. George, UT

4.  Stillwater, MN

5.  Ithaca, NY

5.  Summit, NJ

6.  Corvallis, OR

6.  Ashland, OR

7.  Salt Lake City, UT

7.  Batavia, IL

8.  Stevens Point, WI

8.  Ithaca, NY

9.  Wilmington, NC

9.  Peachtree City, GA

10. Portland, OR

10. Trumbull, CT

The complete Top 100 List, compiled annually since 1998, can be viewed and towns can be nominated for next year's list by visiting is operated by trueV New Media Group.

About trueV New Media:

trueV New Media is located in Brighton, Mich. trueV New Media is a Midwest-focused media and marketing firm that provides clients with technical, design, public relations and business strategy. In December 2008, trueV New Media began daily operations and development of is a leading online relocation resource having served millions of consumers annually since 1997.

2010's Top 100 Places to Live Award Winners

*denotes Top 10 Overall

Anchorage, AK

Columbus, GA

Plymouth, MN

Harrisburg, PA

Fairhope, AL

Peachtree City, GA

Stillwater, MN

Pittsburgh, PA

Huntsville, AL*

Valdosta, GA

O'Fallon, MO

Charleston, SC

Bella Vista, AR

Des Moines, IA

St. Louis, MO

Greenville, SC

Hot Springs Village, AR

Grinnell, IA

Billings, MT

Knoxville, TN

Little Rock, AR

Iowa City, IA

Ashville, NC

Nashville, TN

Springdale, AR

Boise, ID

Charlotte, NC*

Austin, TX*

Flagstaff, AZ

Batavia, IL

Raleigh, NC*

Dallas, TX

Green Valley, AZ

Bloomington, IL

Wilmington, NC

Fort Worth, TX

Prescott, AZ

Chicago, IL

Lincoln, NE

McAllen, TX

Scottsdale, AZ

Bloomington, IN

Nashua, NH

San Antonio, TX*

San Diego, CA*

Fishers, IN

Cherry Hill, NJ

The Woodlands, TX

Santa Cruz, CA

Indianapolis, IN

Summit, NJ

Orem, UT

Temecula, CA

Overland Park, KS

Albuquerque, NM

Salt Lake City, UT

Vacaville, CA

Lexington, KY

Las Cruces, NM

St. George, UT

Boulder, CO*

Louisville, KY

Henderson, NV

Alexandria, VA

Colorado Springs, CO

Lafayette, LA

Ithaca, NY

Fairfax, VA

Fort Collins, CO

Boston, MA

Rochester, NY

Richmond, VA

Trumbull, CT

Pittsfield, MA

Cincinnati, OH

Burlington, VT

West Hartford, CT

Baltimore, MD

Columbus, OH

Bellevue, WA

Washington, DC*

Bangor, ME

Norman, OK

Everett, WA

Oviedo, FL

Portland, ME

Tulsa, OK*

Spokane, WA

Sarasota, FL

Ann Arbor, MI

Ashland, OR

Madison, WI

St. Augustine, FL

East Grand Rapids, MI

Corvallis, OR

Stevens Point, WI

Tampa, FL

Minneapolis, MN*

Portland, OR

Casper, WY