8. Portland, Maine Overall score: 7.2 Desirability: 7.9 Value: 6.6 Job market: 7.6 Quality of life: 7.4 Net migration: 6.6
The largest and most populous city in Maine ranks high in terms of quality of life, job market stability, and desirability. Portland has experienced notable population growth in the past few years. College students are also a visible presence in the city, helping develop its reputation for liberal politics.
7. Naples, Florida Overall score: 7.2 Desirability: 4.7 Value: 6.6 Job market: 6.9 Quality of life: 7.7 Net migration: 9.6
Naples has the fourth-fastest growing population among all cities on the list and for good reason – it boasts pristine beaches, sprawling golf courses, and a myriad of options for shopping and fine dining. The city also scores high in terms of quality of life, which factors in a low crime rate, healthcare services, and commute time.
6. Colorado Springs, Colorado Overall score: 7.3 Desirability: 10.0 Value: 6.4 Job market: 6.9 Quality of life: 6.7 Net migration: 7.3