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Top 10 Places to Live In US

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Located 35 miles south of San Francisco and 14 miles north of San Jose, Palo Alto ranks the best city in the United States to lead a healthy and happy life. The Californian charter city scored top marks in the ranking, which was based on eight categories: economics, health Care, housing, social & civic capital, education, amenities, demographics and Infrastructure.

The rankings, released on Wednesday, were developed for Livability.com by the University of Toronto's Martin Prosperity Institute.

The researchers arrived at the rankings after analyzing1,200 U.S. cities with populations of 20,000 to 350,000.

Palo Alto is one of 27 California cities to make the list of 'Top 100 Best Places To Live.' Named after a redwood tree called El Palo Alto, the city boasts some of the leading educational institutions and companies including Stanford University, Hewlett-Packard (HP), VMware, Tesla Motors.

Apart from being the best city to live, it is considered to be one of the most expensive cities in the country, according to a report by Coldwell Banker, released three years ago, Market Watch reports.

Several well-known celebrities have made this city their home like Google founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page; Yahoo chief executive Marissa Mayer and it was also home to late Apple founder Steve Jobs.

And more recently, Facebook founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg, the 29-year-old multi-billionaire has decided to buy four more homes for $30 million, next to his own Palo Alto residence, ,NY Daily News reports.

Berkeley is the second Californian City that has secured a rank within the top 10 in the list. Listed third, the city is known for Sather Tower, also famous as Campanile, measuring 307 feet tall, making it the third tallest bell and clock-tower in the world; has skeletons of a Tyrannosaurus rex and a Pteranodon on display in the Valley Life Sciences Building and four periodic table  elements - lawrencium, californium, berkelium, and seaborgium - were discovered by Berkeley researchers.

Top 10 Places to Live In US

*Please read the figures as livscore, economics, health Care, housing, social & civic capital, education, amenities, demographics and Infrastructure.


1

Palo Alto

California

646

54

46

51

74

85

82

69

67

2

Boulder

Colorado

643

54

73

57

70

89

78

25

70

3

Berkeley

California

643

58

57

41

76

89

79

56

68

4

Durham

North Carolina

640

60

78

47

52

70

84

73

50

5

Miami Beach

Florida

639

54

82

25

68

68

89

58

76

6

Rochester

Minnesota

636

69

56

68

62

71

70

63

48

7

Salt Lake City

Utah

635

52

86

45

54

73

83

50

66

8

Eugene

Oregon

633

53

63

49

77

81

87

35

65

9

Reno

Nevada

631

53

83

45

51

70

90

66

48

10

Rockville

Maryland

631

68

39

64

76

62

71

66

63

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