3 Oregon Cities Ranked Among America’s Top Places to Live in 2024

by | May 23, 2024 | Adventures, News

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Growing up in Eugene, I've always had a soft spot for Oregon’s diverse charm and vibrant communities. So, it's no surprise to me that three of our beloved cities have been ranked among the best places to live in the U.S. for 2024 by U.S. News and World Report.

Naples, Florida, may have nabbed the top spot this year, but Oregon shines in its own unique way. The ranking considered important factors like crime rates, quality of education, air quality, and value. While Naples dazzles with its pristine beaches and upscale amenities, I can’t help but feel a sense of pride for our Oregon gems that made the list.

Here are the top 10 best places to live, according to the latest report:

  1. Naples, Florida
  2. Boise, Idaho
  3. Colorado Springs, Colorado
  4. Greenville, South Carolina
  5. Charlotte, North Carolina
  6. Raleigh, North Carolina
  7. Huntsville, Alabama
  8. Virginia Beach, Virginia
  9. Austin, Texas
  10. Boulder, Colorado

Now, let’s talk about our stars—Portland, Salem, and Eugene! Each of these cities has its own unique flair and community spirit that make them truly stand out. Portland, despite facing its share of challenges in recent years, remains a hub of quirky charm and a bustling arts scene, securing the 41st spot. Salem, our picturesque capital, landed at 108th, and my beloved Eugene, home to the Ducks and some of the friendliest folks you'll ever meet, rounded out the list at 115th.

And hey, while Naples might be getting all the buzz for its beaches, let’s not forget that Siesta Beach in Sarasota County, Florida, is only a short 115 miles away and was ranked the second-best beach in the country by Trip Advisor. But here in Oregon, we have our own natural wonders, from the breathtaking coastlines to the serene mountain views.

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For those who prefer the hustle and bustle of larger cities, U.S. News ranked Houston, Texas, as the best place to live among cities with a population over 2.5 million, though it came in at 97th overall. But, let’s be real, nothing beats the community vibe and scenic beauty we enjoy here in Oregon.

When it comes to retiring, the top spots shifted a bit. None of the cities listed above made the top 10 for retirees. Instead, Pennsylvania took the spotlight with seven cities in the top rankings for retirement, including Harrisburg at number one.

So, if you’re considering a move or just curious about how our towns stack up, check out the full rankings on the U.S. News website. And remember, there’s no place quite like home, especially when that home is in Oregon!


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Written By Tyler James

Tyler James, founder of That Oregon Life, is a true Oregon native whose love for his state runs deep. Since the inception of the blog in 2013, his unbridled passion for outdoor adventures and the natural beauty of Oregon has been the cornerstone of his work. As a father to two beautiful children, Tyler is always in pursuit of new experiences to enrich his family’s life. He curates content that not only reflects his adventures but also encourages others to set out and create precious memories in the majestic landscapes of Oregon. Tyler's vision and guidance are integral to his role as publisher and editor, shaping the blog into a source of inspiration for exploring the wonders of Oregon.

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