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The Country is Your Oyster: What U.S. City Should You Move to?

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Let’s say, hypothetically speaking, you could move anywhere you want in the U.S. You just left high school or college, work remotely, quit a job or are ready for a fresh start anywhere else. Long story short: you’re not confined to one city, and the world—or country—is your oyster. That’s you? Perfect.

With thousands of options, you’ll need guidance to steer you in the right direction. That’s why we rounded up the top three cities for … well, topics all over the map. We’ve bolded keywords so you can browse topics that catch your eye (with the top three cities for each in sequential order).

Ready to choose your destiny? Let’s start scrolling so you can get moving and rolling.

Which U.S. City Should I Move To?

If your child’s education is a priority:

Drawing a blank on where to snag the best education for your future star? The top three public elementary schools, according to Niche are in: Sarasota, Florida; Boca Raton, Florida and Solon City, Ohio. The top three U.S. high schools ranked by U.S. News are all in the great state of Arizona:

  1. Scottsdale
  2. Chandler
  3. Oro Valley

If you’re college-bound: 

Where can you get a higher education with a side of good times? These are the best towns to give the old college try, according to Business Insider:

  1. Boulder, Colorado
  2. Champaign-Urbana, Illinois
  3. Flagstaff, Arizona

If you’re broke: 

Ahh, to be young and broke again. MagnifyMoney lists these as the top three to live your best broke life:

  1. Madison, Wisconsin
  2. Grand Rapids, Michigan
  3. Dayton, Ohio

If dogs are life: 

Did you scroll straight to dogs? There’s no shame in the man’s/woman’s best friend game. Here are the top three cities to settle down in with your furry friend, according to

  1. Portland, Oregon
  2. Seattle, Washington
  3. San Francisco, California

If you’re a millennial:

Despite whether you want to rent or buy — and aside from whether you regularly eat avocado toast — the top three cities for millennial living according to Niche are:

  1. Cambridge, Massachusetts
  2. San Francisco, California
  3. Arlington, Virginia

If you love the outdoors:

If you’re a total outdoor enthusiast, try one of these breathtaking beauties, says Business Insider:

  1. Seattle, Washington
  2. Provo, Utah
  3. Portland, Oregon

If you drink a lot of beer:

Outdoorsy in that you like drinking on patios? Move to one of these three cities for beer lovers:

  1. Bend, Oregon
  2. Fort Collins, Colorado
  3. San Diego, California

If you want to live alone in a (relatively) big city:

If you’re dying to live alone in a studio without actually dying from starvation just to make rent, live in one of these three cities, according to MYMOVE:

  1. Omaha, Nebraska
  2. Memphis, Tennessee
  3. Wichita, Kansas

If health is everything: 

If you’re a health nut — or vehemently avoiding them — check Wallet Hub’s healthiest cities:

  1. San Francisco, California
  2. Seattle, Washington
  3. Portland, Oregon

If safety is a priority:

According to SafeWise, your safest bet is to live in one of these three secure cities:

  1. Lewisboro, New York
  2. Hazen, North Dakota
  3. Thetford Township, Michigan

If allergies are ruining your life: 

If you’re sneezing just thinking about this, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America says move to one of these cities, based on pollen count, allergy meds prescribed and available allergists:

  1. Denver, Colorado
  2. Provo, Utah
  3. Boise, Idaho

If you’re vegan: 

Hungry for vegan-friendly options that are not only plentiful but affordable? Wallet Hub recommends these:

  1. New York, New York
  2. Orlando, Florida
  3. Portland, Oregon

If you don’t have a car: 

No car, no problem! Redfin promises you’ll get around just fine in these towns:

  1. San Francisco, California
  2. New York, New York
  3. Boston, Massachusetts

If you’re single:

Single and ready to mingle? According to Forbes, these three hot spots are your best bet:

  1. Atlanta, Georgia
  2. San Francisco, California
  3. Minneapolis, Minnesota

If you want to live in a tiny home:

Tiny homes for the big finish. These are the top states for tiny homes, according to Architect, but still worth a mention:

  1. California
  2. Oregon
  3. Texas

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