Livability's "Top 100 Best Places to Live" analyzes data of more than 1,700 U.S. cities in eight categories: amenities, demographics, economy, education, health care, housing, infrastructure, and social and civic capital. Each city's score in the eight categories is factored into their "LivScore" which determines the overall ranking of each city.

Top 10 Best Places to Live in 2014:

  1. Palo Alto, Calif.
  2. Boudler, Colo.
  3. Berkeley, Calif.
  4. Durham, N.C.
  5. Miami Beach, Fla.
  6. Rochester, Minn.
  7. Salt Lake City, Utah
  8. Eugene, Ore.
  9. Reno, Nev.
  10. Rockville, Md.

BUILDER decided to expand on this list by filtering the data by housing score, and adding additional market insight from Trulia and the U.S. Census Bureau. From Livability's top 5 housing cities, we've re-ordered the cities by highest average listing price for 3-bedroom single-family homes (we were were unable to gather data on the median sale price of 3-bedroom homes for each metro, but listing price will still give you a rough idea of home value) compared to the 2012 median salary for the state from the U.S. Census American Community Survey. Check out the interactive chart below to see the housing scores (we've included their economic score as well as an FYI), of the top 5 housing cities, and how they pan out when we add the component of average listing prices.

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Learn more about markets featured in this article: Oxnard, CA, Rochester, MN, San Jose, CA, Salt Lake City, UT, Durham, NC, Miami, FL.