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Bernie Talks About Huntington Beach, California
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Auto Insurance Rates By State
Most Expensive and Least Expensive Car Insurance Rates in the United States...
States With Lowest Home Insurance Costs
The average cost of home insurance in the United States comes in at...
Best Places For Nature Lovers
Most Square Miles of State Park and Forest Area...
Home Value Appreciation During The Coronavirus Pandemic
The top 10 states each showed over 50% growth...
Housing Appreciation During The Final Year Of The Coronavirus Pandemic
South Atlantic states boast the greatest home value appreciation, while Western states lag behind...
The Springfields of America are Cost of Living Bargains
Springfield's ubiquity as a place name may seem mundane, but researchers at BestPlaces have uncovered fascinating insights into its prevalence. Surprisingly, common U.S. place names like Fairview and Midway eclipse Springfield in frequency...
The Cost Of Living In Famous Tv Neighborhoods
See the cost of living in these iconic areas. When you’re watching one of your favorite TV shows, have you wondered what it costs to live the lifestyle of the characters? It’s only natural!
Best Places in America for Viewing Cherry Blossoms
There's no better way to welcome the Spring season than by enjoying the glorious sight of cherry blossoms in full bloom. Although Japan is renowned for hosting some of the world's most magnificent cherry blossom festivals, America also plays host to some equally breathtaking venues. From coast to coast, here's a comprehensive list of the best places in America for viewing cherry blossoms.
Top Pet Friendly Road Trip Destinations
In honor of National Pet Day on April 11th, BestPlaces and Motel 6 have partnered to present the best cities in the United States for visiting on a road trip with your cuddly companions.
Most Rent Burdened Zip Codes
Places where renters spend the greatest percentage of their income on rent
BestPlaces Video and Podcast Content
Everywhere to find the BestPlaces Talks podcast, plus YouTube videos and user interviews.15 Best Places To Live If You Can Work Remotely
Millions of Americans can now relocate to cheaper areas and retain their current job.The Coronavirus Economy Which Metros are Winning and Losing
Owensboro is the only one of the 401 U.S. major metropolitan areas and divisions to have a lower unemployment rate in June than it did in January.Places with the Lowest Property Taxes
A list of the average 2020 real estate property taxes in each state.10 States with the Highest Taxes
Combining the tax rates for state, county, and local jurisdictionsTop 10 Most Tax Friendly US States
Combined tax rates for state, county, and local jurisdictionsTop 5 Most Enjoyable Summertime Places
Best places for entertaining activities, the outdoors, and overall level of comfort4th of July Around the US During Coronavirus
Having fun and celebrating while staying safeThe Most LGBTQ Friendly US Cities
Gay rights, transgender healthcare, and access to LGBTQ friendly restaurants, bars, and events.The Insidious Air Toxic That Just Became Even Deadlier
Health risks associated with high levels of particulate matter include cardiac arrhythmias and heart attacks.What Travel Will Look like After Coronavirus
With uncertainty regarding safety and scheduling of airline travel, the concept of “travel” has drastically changed.Researching your Retirement Haven
An interview with Rita, a former IT professional who is the author of her own blog called Researching Rita.Tips for Buying a Home Amidst an Economic Crisis
Valuable insights from housing market analysts, mortgage brokers, and real estate agents that will help you have a smooth process.Finding a New Home with a Family
An Interview with Chemical Engineer and FatherTips and Considerations for Moving During The Coronavirus Pandemic
Deciding when and where to move is particularly difficult in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.Interview with Former National Geographic Writer and BestPlaces Member
The experiences and insights of an award-winning former senior staff writer at National Geographic Magazine.10 Factors to Consider When Researching Your Best Place To Live
Trying to figure out what type of information you should research before moving? We've got you covered.Coronavirus Risk Assessment Toolkit
BestPlaces has amassed an unparalleled collection of data on every city, town, state, metro area, county and zip code in the U.S. and is sharing their work to fight the Coronavirus.User Interview on the Process of Researching Your Best Place
We interview one of our users who has moved over 25 times.Is Your Area Prepared for Coronavirus
In the face of this Coronavirus crisis, we’ve assembled a special dataset of Coronavirus risk factors .Coronavirus Resources
We have compiled a list of supportive opportunities that help address various issues that may have arisen for you or loved ones as a result of this virus.One Unexpected Benefit from the Coronavirus Emergency
This worldwide health emergency may be the major event that makes remote working more accepted as a common business practice.Relocating in the United States
If you’re thinking about relocating, here's some insider advice from BestPlaces superuser Joanne B. who's moved over 100 times!Places with the Highest Comfort Rating
The BestPlaces Comfort Index factors in components such as afternoon summer temperature and humidity to determine the places in the U.S. that are the most comfortable.Metro Areas with Fastest Rising Income
The rich get richer - that seems to be the case when talking about recently released data from the U.S. Census Bureau for median household income.The Best Places for Lovers of Live Music
With music being a passion for many in the US the drive to find events and places that suit their musical interests is high for many Americans.The Find Your Best Place Quiz Big Takeaways From Our Recent Launch
You'll Be Surprised!The Find Your Best Place Quiz
Try it today!Three Big Trends For The 2020 s
What Happened, and Where We're GoingBest Cities for Board Gamers
Salt Lake City Takes First PlaceWhere Friendsgiving is Most Popular
New Jersey tops the list of the states most into FriendsgivingGloomiest Places in America
With a high Percentage of Cloud Cover, low Average Hours of Daylight, and many Days with Precipitation - Seattle and Portland are officially the Gloomiest Places in America.
Bert Sperling The Guy Who Picks the Best Places to Live
EVERY so often, a report comes out listing the best (or worst) cities to live in, the most romantic, the most child-friendly or the most affordable.Loud Boat Greg Really Weird Online Review Of Portland Maine
In lighter news, one of our user comments about Portland, Maine recently made both the news and the rounds on Reddit thanks to its, um, creativity. Providence is Number 1 for Doughnuts
Providence Journal - February 20, 2019Top 10 Cities to Beat the Heat
The BestPlaces Summer Comfort Index considers seven climate variables, including total precipitation, daily minimum and maximum temperatures, extreme high and low temperatures, average dew points, and precipitation days.Public versus Private Schools
Which cities use public schools the most?Car Insurance Depends GREATLY on Where You Live
See Where Your State Ranks in Car Insurance PremiumsThe Ultimate State Tax Ranking
Which States have the highest OVERALL taxes? - plus Climate Visualization VideoStates with the Highest Income Tax and New Crime Risk Indexes
State Income Tax Index for the 50 States and the District of Columbia, from highest to lowest.New One Click Comprehensive Data Downloads
Now you can download the full BestPlaces set of data for any city, county or zip code, and save them to your computer for easy, offline comparison in an Excel or Numbers spreadsheet.Data Refresh Sitewide Update of Most Popular Data
Update to our major categories of demographics, population growth, income distribution, race and ethnicity, education, marital and family status, housing, occupations and industries, employment, and commuting categoriesAdding Search and Map Browsing to Mobile App
Mobile App ImprovementsLaunch of the BestPlaces Mobile App
Compare the place you're in right now to other places in the U.S, and save your favorite places for continued research.Moving Guide
Be well-informed before your move and do the necessary research before packing upHow to Play the BestPlaces Board Game
Game Boy Geek VideoThe Best Places to Move in Retirement Are All Over the Map
New York Times - May 5, 2017Minnesota is Fun City USA
New York Times - October 29, 2003Seattle is Number 1 Hygge City in America
Seattle Times - January 17, 2018Customize Your Own Personal Estimated Taxes
Enter your specific details and compare all the major tax categories (income, sales, property, motor vehicle)Using the BestPlaces Mobile App
Case-study walkthrough and tutorialWhere Hurricanes Strike
Stunning visualization of U.S. regions most at risk from hurricanesBest States for LGBTQ Rights
States that offer the most LGBTQ legal protection
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