The best places to reside in the United States often have variety of dining choices, sunny climate and cultural opportunities to experience. Residents living in these areas enjoy low crime rates, year-round activities and pleasant views. Some of the areas have low unemployment rates as well as a flourishing economy, which may be the reason more people continue to move to these locations.
With its tropical island atmosphere, Hawaii has long been viewed as an ideal living location. At 4.6 percent, the unemployment rate in Honolulu is much lower than the rest of the United States. Its more than 900,000 residents enjoy year-round warm weather and modern conveniences. The city of Honolulu has a low violent crime rate and a thriving economy. The cost of living and home prices are high, but if high prices don't bother you, Honolulu is a beautiful place to put down roots.
Atlanta has experienced a population boom in recent years. The reasonable cost of living makes the city attractive to young people. The median home price is $164,000. The climate is warm and pleasant except in the winter months. The city has popular attractions such as the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library, breathtaking mountain views and four professional sports teams. Atlanta is a diverse, urban city that continues to grow.
San Luis, California
San Luis Obispo, Calif., has one of the most pleasant climates in the country. It has 285 sunny days throughout the year and rarely goes above 90 degrees or below freezing. The crime rate is low. There are plenty of local jobs, so the unemployment rate is well below the national average. Home prices have risen, with the median home price at about $500,000.
Santa Barbara, Calif.
Santa Barbara, Calif. is an ideal place to live for the financially stable. The cost of living is high, as lavish estates cost millions and the median home price in the city is $1.2 million. Santa Barbara is known as the American Riviera, with beautiful mountains, rolling valleys and pristine beaches. It also has a culinary and wine tradition that attracts visitors from across the country.
Aminah Paden began writing professionally in 1992. She has been published in "Mahogany" magazine and "Outreach," a youth newsletter. Paden also blogs for Gold Rush Illinois and Remembering Your Spirit. She has a Master of Science in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.
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