Before moving to a new city, you may want to consider how safe you'll feel or how far your dollar will go in that state. Official rankings can tell you about crime rates and job opportunities, but it's hard to know if a city will live up to its promises without visiting it yourself or asking someone who actually lives there.
We combed through hundreds of reviews on Niche, a site that researches neighborhoods in the US, to find the city in each state that residents love the most. We looked at Niche's ranking of the best cities to live in America in 2017, as well as the site's lists of the best cities to live in each state, and selected the city that was the most positively reviewed by their residents.
Below, check out the best places to live in each state and why residents love living there.
You can read more about Niche's methodology for ranking cities here.
ALABAMA: HuntsvilleRob Hainer/Shutterstock
According to US News & World Report, Huntsville is currently the fastest-growing metro area in Alabama. The city is home to NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, which designed the rockets used by the Apollo Program in the '60s and '70s, and booming defense, aerospace, and engineering industries. Niche users describe Huntsville as family-friendly and diverse, with bustling shopping and arts centers.
ALASKA: AnchorageRocky Grimes/Shutterstock
Anchorage offers all the benefits of a big city without sacrificing a small-town feel, according to Niche users. In addition to thriving art and dining scenes, residents can also take advantage of the city's proximity to nature through countless outdoor activities from ice fishing to skiing. Although the cost of living in Anchorage is higher than the national average, residents do not have to pay sales or income taxes.
ARIZONA: ScottsdaleChris Curtis/Shutterstock
According to Niche, Scottsdale residents love the city's culturally diverse food scene, abundance of parks and hiking trails, and proximity to big cities like Phoenix.
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