America’s 100 Best Cities in 2024 Ranking – Top Performers & Key Trends

The annual America’s Best Cities Report, published by Resonance, has unveiled the top-performing cities in the United States for 2024. Now in its eighth year, this ranking by the NYC and Vancouver based consultancy quantifies and benchmarks the relative quality of place, reputation, and competitive identity of American urban centers. It provides a comprehensive analysis of the urban centers leading the country in post-pandemic economic recovery and resilience amid economic uncertainties and environmental challenges.

“Resonance once again analyzed the principal cities of U.S. metropolitan statistical areas with populations of more than 500,000,” says Resonance President & CEO Chris Fair. “Our goal in producing these reports is to create the most comprehensive and holistic approach to measuring and benchmarking both perception and performance of cities available.”


  • New York City holds the number one spot for the seventh consecutive year.
  • California leads with nine cities in the Top 100, more than any other state.

Top 10 America’s Best Cities for 2024

Based on each city’s performance for livability, lovability, and prosperity, these are America’s Top 10 Best Cities for 2024:

Rank City State
1 New York New York
2 Chicago Illinois
3 Los Angeles California
4 Miami Florida
5 Las Vegas Nevada
6 San Francisco California
7 Boston Massachusetts
8 Washington, D.C. District of Columbia
9 Seattle Washington
10 Houston Texas

Key Insights

  • Stability and Change: The top-ranked cities have shown remarkable resilience, maintaining their positions through effective economic strategies and quality of life enhancements.
  • Emerging Trends: Secondary cities are rising in the rankings, reflecting shifts in population and investment patterns.
  • New Partnership: The collaboration with Ipsos has introduced new perception-based insights, enriching the overall analysis.


The America’s Best Cities rankings are renowned for their thorough and original methodology, which analyzes key statistics, user-generated reviews, social media, and online activity. This year, the rankings have been enhanced with perception-based data through a new partnership with Ipsos, offering deeper insights into public sentiment.

“The phrase ‘perception is reality’ is often used when developing reputation management strategies for companies, but the same holds true for destinations,” says Jason McGrath, Executive Vice President at Ipsos. “By merging the top-of-mind destinations where people tell us they want to live, work and visit with the rigorous evaluation of place that Resonance has been conducting for nearly a decade, we have created a more comprehensive evaluation of cities and can better advise destinations on how to strengthen their reputation.”


The 2024 America’s Best Cities Report highlights the urban centers that are excelling in quality of life, economic activity, and overall attractiveness. Cities continue to adapt to changing dynamics brought about by migration, remote work, and technological advancements. This ranking serves as a vital tool for understanding which urban areas are leading the way.

For a detailed look at the full rankings and insights, visit

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