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Incredible US Cities To Live and Work In

If you’re looking for a change of scenery, there are tons of thriving US cities drawing in new residents every day. Here are some stunning cities to consider moving to.

By
Andrew Charles, Partner
4-minute read

From the music scene in Austin, TX, to the less obvious gem Fayetteville, AR, there is sure to be a city that fits your lifestyle. Once you look at this list, you’ll be ready to book your long distance movers and relocate. Here are some stunning cities to consider moving to.

Denver, CO

Denver is a beautiful city surrounded by mountains, and its growing population proves how many people are satisfied with its fantastic quality of life. If you’re looking for a job, Denver has many opportunities in the healthcare, finance, hospitality, and tech industries. Of course, the legalization of marijuana is helping the state earn money and create tons of new job opportunities, too.

If you love the outdoors, this clean, thriving town with ample access to natural wonders would be a great fit.

If you have a family or are concerned about safety, Denver scores high here, too. Especially when dealing with violent crime. In fact, it was recently named the safest city in America. Renting is still reasonably affordable compared to other major cities, and the economy is doing well. 

Austin, TX

The number of people flocking to Austin, TX, is proof of how intoxicating the “keep it weird” atmosphere is. Austin is known for its thriving live music scene and fun outdoor spaces. It’s also known for being a very liberal city in a very conservative state. You’ll feel the southern hospitality from the friendly locals, and you’ll have no problem making friends in a new place.

Austin has a great food scene, with Texas standards like Tex-Mex and barbecue, as well as a large food truck population. It’s a fantastic city for younger residents, as well, with the state’s largest college in town. Another great bonus: sunshine. Austin has around 300 sunny days each year, which certainly boosts the mood. There are plenty of reasons Austin keeps topping everyone’s moving list, so you might want to look into it.

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Fayetteville, AR

Another mountain town, Fayetteville, hosts the University of Arkansas and a large number of massive companies like Walmart and Tyson with ample employment opportunities. This may be one of the most affordable cities on the list, making it an excellent choice for those looking to buy their first home. Residents love the sense of community the city has retained and the beautiful Arkansas scenery in the fall. For that reason, it’s a superb choice if you love hiking and getting outside.

If you are wondering about nightlife, Dickson Street is a popular favorite for going out. With the flagship college in town, there are tons of fun events and football games to attend year-round. Art and theater lovers can check out the Walton Arts Center after a great dinner at one of the local restaurants.

Fayetteville is growing in popularity while retaining affordability and a community feel.

Portland, OR

On the West Coast, Portland shares a slogan with Austin, TX: “Keep Portland Weird.” The cities have some similarities, but their surroundings are quite different. Portland is close to mountains and the beauty of the Northwest and has gems like Powell’s bookstore for lit lovers. If you’re in tech, you’ll be interested to know Intel headquarters are located in town. Other major companies like Nike call Portland home, as well.

Portland is known for its eco-friendly population and has some pioneering policies in the green space. You’ll find you won’t be forgetting your reusable bags, as plastic bags are outlawed in the city. They also have a green tax for major companies, among other various environmental policies. Portland is a great city for academics, boasting a population with higher degrees than average. Like other cities on the list, it is close to natural wonders and boasts a laid-back attitude. Portland is a great city to live in, especially if you like creative doughnuts like the ones offered at Voodoo Doughnuts.

Nashville, TN

Over the past five years, Nashville has taken off much as Austin did in the prior two decades. In fact, many people refer to it as the “new Austin.” The comparison may partially come from the fact that Nashville is “Music City” and houses all of the major country labels in the country. Because of this, it has a bustling live music scene and a thriving tourist area downtown. It’s becoming the most popular destination in the country for bachelor and bachelorette parties, and you will be hard-pressed to find a night where Broadway doesn’t have music playing on every corner.

Nashville has a bustling live music scene and a thriving tourist area downtown.

Nashville isn’t just for musicians, though. It has a booming job market in tons of industries, especially real estate and healthcare. It has also been called the friendliest city in the US.

If you’re considering a move, these are just a few of the great cities across the country that boast a great quality of life.