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You've Never Heard of the Best Place to Live

Town and Country logo Town and Country 4/18/2017 Sam Dangremond

The Best Place to Live in America Is a City You've Never Heard Of © Hamilton County Tourism The Best Place to Live in America Is a City You've Never Heard Of The 86,000 residents of the city of Carmel, Indiana have a reason to celebrate today. Their suburban community just north of Indianapolis was just named the best place to live in the entire United States.

It's not the first time the city has received such an honor, though. CNN Money magazine dubbed it the best place to live in America back in 2012, but that ranking was specifically focused on cities ranging from 50,000 to 300,000 in population.

Alys Beach, Florida: <p><a href=""><strong>For the ultimate guide to Alys Beach, go here.</strong></a></p> <p>It all starts here with sheer beauty: bone-white beaches and the turquoise Gulf of Mexico play off bright-white buildings with exotic lines in courtyard-based layouts, plus a gorgeous community swimming pool that feels like something out of Marrakesh. But there's more to the newest community to be crafted along Florida's Highway 30a-a state road that connects a bracelet of New Urbanism oases including Seaside, the one that launched the movement 20 years ago. <strong><a href="">Alys Beach's</a></strong> explicitly green design features narrow streets of permeable pavers to reduce storm water runoff and that run perpendicular to the Gulf to invite cooling breezes inland, and is landscaped with largely drought-resistant plants to reduce water consumption. Alys is also the home of some of the coolest arts and food festivals along this stretch of coast, lending sophistication to its barefoot lifestyle. And with the more developed <strong><a href="">Seaside</a></strong> and <strong><a href="">Rosemary Beach</a></strong> within an easy bike ride, life here feels practically car-free.</p> 20 Best Places to Live on the Coast

Data company Niche, which recently released its own ranking of the best places to live, says its new numbers take "into account several key factors of a location, including the quality of local schools, crime rates, housing trends, employment statistics, and access to amenities in an attempt to measure the overall quality of an area."

Here are the top 10 places on the list:

1. Carmel, Indiana

2. Chesterbrook, Pennsylvania

3. Houserville, Pennsylvania

4. Okemos, Michigan

5. Morrisville, North Carolina

6. Dublin, Ohio

7. Buffalo Grove, Illinois

8. Los Alamos, New Mexico

9. Penn Wynne, Pennsylvania

10. Ann Arbor, Michigan


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