The 9 best places to live in America today

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Sacramento, California

Known for its blend of city energy and small-town charm, Sacramento offers excellent schools, parks, and a growing dining scene amid affordable housing with a median home value of $483,455.

Portland, Oregon

Renowned for outdoor recreation and a vibrant cultural scene, Portland's real estate market has cooled, making it more accessible with a current median home value of $539,524.

Salt Lake City, Utah

A family-friendly city with low crime rates, top-notch schools, and a booming tech sector, Salt Lake City offers diverse neighborhoods like The Avenues and new developments in suburbs like Riverton and South Jordan.

Boise, Idaho

Boise attracts with its lower cost of living, outdoor amenities, and cultural festivals, with the North End neighborhood being particularly popular for its historic homes and current median home value of $484,000.

Vancouver, Washington

Across from Portland, Vancouver boasts scenic landscapes, outdoor activities, and a lower cost of living than the rest of Washington State, with median home prices around $500,000 amid a growing economy.

Reno, Nevada

A fast-growing city with affordable living and proximity to Lake Tahoe and national parks, Reno offers diverse neighborhoods like Old Southwest and modern communities like Somersett.

San Jose, California

Situated in Silicon Valley, San Jose offers a high standard of living but comes with high housing costs, currently averaging around $1,461,923, attracting professionals with its strong job market and lifestyle amenities.

Boulder, Colorado

Known for its outdoor recreation against the backdrop of the Rocky Mountains, Boulder offers a diverse real estate market and cultural scene, making it a desirable location for tech industries and outdoor enthusiasts

Phoenix, Arizona

Phoenix's warm climate, job opportunities, and proximity to national parks drive its growth, particularly in the West Valley, with affordable living and expanding industrial developments along the 303 corridor.

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