All you need to do is watch any professional sports team on TV to know that Americans are real passionate about where they live and where they come from. U.S. cities may be almost as important to Americans as Old Glory, Red, White and Blue, Chevrolet and Apple Pie.
Money Journal canvassed the nation and researched local polls to find the 10 most liked US cities and those that are the most popular — whether they are big or small and we came up with some places that might seem unlikely to make the top 10.
10 Most Liked US Cities
1- Portland, Oregon – “Portlandia” tops the list as America’s most popular big or medium sized city. Portland may lack an NFL or Major League Baseball team, but 52% of Americans like it. People love Portland for many reasons – its culture, laid-back lifestyle, excellent public transit system and above all nice people. Another reason why it’s so popular is that Portland is one of the best cities in the U.S. for micro-brews. Oh, you gotta love that!
2- Seattle, Washington – Some polls indicate that Seattle is more popular than Portland, possibly because it has NFL, MLB, and Major League Soccer franchises and Portland only has teams in the NBA and MLS. Seattle has a lot going for it, including Microsoft, Bill Gates, Amazon.com, Boeing’s factories, and a laid-back way of life. Even though the weather leaves something to be desired, the city has few marks against it. It has no reputation for crime, corruption, organized crime, gang warfare, and poverty like many other metropolises do.
3- Oakland, California – The old port city across the bay from San Francisco seems to have a lot of fans. It was recently voted America’s most exciting city. It isn’t known why Oakland is so popular and was a bit of a surprise for us. Perhaps there are far more Raiders fans out there than we assumed. The Raiders will have a successful return to dominance someday.
4- Boston, Massachusetts – Everybody but New York Yankees fans seem to love Boston. The city where the American Revolution began tops the list of cities Americans love. Around 52% of Americans like Boston, according to polls. Red Sox Nation is much larger after they won the World Series. You gotta love a town that has sports fans like Boston.
5- Phoenix, Arizona – The mostly warm climate seems to attract a lot of people to this desert metropolis. Numbers indicate that 49% of Americans like Phoenix. Of course, they like it in the winter. The poll didn’t ask if people like the city during the summer when temperatures rise to 110 degrees in the shade.
6- Taos, New Mexico – This historic Spanish outpost is still one of America’s most popular towns. Long a hub for artists and counterculture types, this small city now hosts a world class music festival and attracts visitors from all over the world. Taos might be America’s most popular small city.
7- New York City – The Big Apple still has lots of fans – around 49% of Americans like our largest city. The poll didn’t seem to ask if they like it visit or actually live there. New York City may also get all sorts of votes for the great way the city publicizes itself in the media. After all, there can only be one Big Apple.
8- Atlanta - The capital of Georgia has become the center of the South and America’s fastest growing metropolis. It’s also become one of America’s most liked big cities, with 51% of Americans approving of it. Many of Atlanta’s residents are refugees from the Northeast and the Rust Belt.
9- Austin, Texas – The capitol of Texas has been on a roll in recent years. The university town has reinvented itself as a high-tech haven and a center of the counterculture. It’s become a magnet for those fleeing California. How popular is Austin? British Airways recently started nonstop flights from London’s Heathrow to Austin.
10- Cupertino, California – It’s famous as the home of America’s best-liked company, Apple, and the center of Silicon Valley. Unfortunately, most Americans cannot afford to live there or in nearby San Francisco.