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What is the best city in America? Every year, Resonance releases one of the most respected and comprehensive lists.

They list NYC as the most desirable urban areas to live, work, and visit based on a methodology that includes a large variety of crucial statistics on livability, desirability, and prosperity. Rankings are based on cities with over half a million residents.

Second on Resonance’s list of the best cities in America is Chicago, with the company highlighting its “infrastructure and affordability that eludes many other iconic global cities.” Chicago was second in the nightlife subcategory and first in the convention center subcategory, which measures the size of the largest convention center in the city. Chicago is also home to the second-most Fortune 500 headquarters in the country, behind New York, and ranks in the top five in several prosperity categories like job postings and professional services.

Los Angeles takes the bronze. According to the report, the City of Angels has some of the best restaurants in the country and ranks second for museums. The report also highlights the city’s LAX investment project, the largest in the city’s history, which is now in its final phase, and America’s first high-speed, all-electric rail, which, by 2028, will connect Los Angeles with Las Vegas and significantly boost tourism, create jobs, and reduce the city’s carbon footprint.

Miami and Las Vegas round out the top five best cities in America, with Sin City also ranking first in the attractions subcategory and Miami in the foreign-born residents' subcategory. San Francisco, Boston, and Washington, D.C., are sixth, seventh, and eighth, respectively. The last two spots are for Seattle (ninth) and Houston (10th).

The only American cities to make the top 10 of the best world cities in 2024are New York City and San Francisco.

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