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Top 20 Most Charming Mid-Sized Cities


Looking for a new place to call home, but want the type of city that you can actually live right in the city center?

Here are the Top 20 Most Charming Mid-Sized Cities in the United States and their most charming neighborhoods as ranked by the Charm Index. We defined mid-sized cities with populations with 200-500K residents.

Each of these cities were ranked based on their overall charm as scored by the Charm Index. That means the Charm Scores of every street of every city were averaged to create a single ranking. And since the Charm Index provides the most precise location intelligence on the market – a single city block may receive up to four different scores – these rankings take into account the quality of every block and every street. For those looking for an apartment, look near places where the charm score peaks.

The Charm Index pulls in data on crime, local businesses and institutions such as museums, libraries, and the availability of active lifestyle amenities such as gyms, parks, and bike paths. Each Charm Score is the result of how these factors fall into four spectrum:

Store Price: Cheap versus High End
Store Ratings: Poorly Rated versus Highly Rated
Business Ownership: Chain versus Local
Lifestyle: Sedentary versus Active

Without further ado, here are the Top 20 Most Charming Medium-Sized Cities and their most charming neighborhoods and/or pockets.

1. Miami, Florida
2014 Population: 430,332
See heatmap of most charming neighborhoods in Miami
  1. Coral Gables: Peak Charm Score of 97
  2. City Center, Miami Beach: Peak Charm Score of 88
  3. Downtown: Peak Charm Score of 85
  4. Bay Harbor: Peak Charm Score of 84
  5. South Miami: Peak Charm Score of 82

Miami - Top neighborhoods
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2. Oakland, California
2014 Population: 413,775
See a map of most charming areas of Oakland
  1. Piedmont: Peak Charm Score of 91
  2. Montclair: Peak Charm Score of 85
  3. Adams Point: Peak Charm Score of 84
  4. Rockridge: Peak Charm Score of 82
  5. Old Oakland: Peak Charm Score of 80

Oakland - Nicest areas to live
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3. Atlanta, Georgia
2014 Population: 456,002
Show Atlanta’s charm heatmap
  1. Decatur: Peak Charm Score of 93
  2. West Midtown: Peak Charm Score of 86
  3. Little Five Points: Peak Charm Score of 80
  4. Central Buckhead: Peak Charm Score of 78
  5. Inman Park: Peak Charm Score of 77

Atlanta - Best neighborhoods
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4. Jersey City, New Jersey
2014 Population: 262,146
See a map of most charming locations in Jersey City
  1. Hoboken: Peak Charm Score of 72
  2. Bayonne: Peak Charm Score of 73
  3. Van Worst Park: Peak Charm Score of 72
  4. Power House Arts District: Peak Charm Score of 72

Jersey City - Best neighborhoods
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5. Henderson, Nevada
2014 Population: 277,440
See Henderson’s best neighborhood map
  1. Silverado Ranch: Peak Charm Score of 79
  2. Townsite: Peak Charm Score of 72
  3. McDonald Ranch: Peak Charm Score of 65
  4. Green Valley Ranch: Peak Charm Score of 63

6. Irvine, California
2014 Population: 248,531
See the best places to live in Irvine
  1. South Coast Metro: Peak Charm Score of 87
  2. University Town Center: Peak Charm Score of 77
  3. Westpark: Peak Charm Score of 76
  4. Irvine Spectrum Center: Peak Charm Score of 73
  5. El Camino Real: Peak Charm Score of 72

Irvine Best area to move to
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7. Sacramento, California
2014 Population: 485,199
See the top charming areas in Sacramento
  1. Midtown: Peak Charm Score of 88
  2. Downtown: Peak Charm Score of 89
  3. East Sacramento: Peak Charm Score of 87
  4. Downtown Folsom: Peak Charm Score of 86
  5. Old Town Roseville: Peak Charm Score of 83

Sacramento - Top 5 neighborhoods
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8. Long Beach, California
2014 Population: 473,577
See Long Beach charm map
  1. Belmont Shore: Peak Charm Score of 87
  2. Lakewood Village: Peak Charm Score of 80
  3. Rose Park South: Peak Charm Score of 78
  4. Waterfront: Peak Charm Score of 78
  5. Bixby Knolls: Peak Charm Score of 75

Long Beach - Where I should live
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9. Tacoma, Washington
2014 Population: 205,159
Click to see Tacoma’s most charming areas
  1. Northend: Peak Charm Score of 82
  2. St. Helens: Peak Charm Score of 89
  3. Downtown: Peak Charm Score of 83
  4. 6th Avenue: Peak Charm Score of 72
  5. University Place: Peak Charm Score of 65

Tacoma - Where to live
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10. Glendale, California
2014 Population: 200,167
Map of best places to live in Glendale
  1. City Center: Peak Charm Score of 82
  2. Attwater Village: Peak Score of 80
  3. Rossmoyne: Peak Charm Score of 67
  4. College Hill: Peak Charm Score of 65

Glendale - Where to live
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11. Orlando, Florida
2014 Population: 262,372
See map of best places to live in Orlando
  1. Winter Park: Peak Charm Score of 83
  2. Maitland: Peak Charm Score of 79
  3. Audobon Park: Peak Charm Score of 77
  4. North Orange: Peak Charm Score of 67
  5. Aloma: Peak Charm Score of 67

Orlando - Where should I move to
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12. Scottsdale, Arizona
2014 Population: 230,512
See Scottdale’s best places to live
  1. Waterfront: Peak Charm Score of 86
  2. Old Town Scottsdale: Peak Charm Score of 85
  3. Fashion Square: Peak Charm Score of 81
  4. Kierland: Peak Charm Score of 76
  5. Shea-Scottsdale: Peak Charm Score of 74

Scottsdale - Best areas ot live in
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13. Colorado Springs, Colorado
2014 Population: 445,830
See heatmap of Colorado Springs charm index
  1. Downtown: Peak Charm Score of 86
  2. Old Colorado City: Peak Charm Score of 69
  3. University Village: Peak Charm Score of 67
  4. Patty Jewett: Peak Charm Score of 67

Colorado Springs - Nicest neighborhoods
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14. New Orleans, Louisiana
2014 Population: 384,320
See New Orleans’ charm heatmap
  1. East Carrollton: Peak Charm Score of 85
  2. Garden District: Peak Charm Score of 79
  3. French Quarter: Peak Charm Score of 76
  4. Touro: Peak Charm Score of 75
  5. Central Business District: Peak Charm Score of 74

New Orleans - Five best beighborhoods
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15. Durham, North Carolina
2014 Population: 251,893
See map of Durham’s best neighborhoods
  1. Central Park: Peak Charm Score of 85
  2. Trinity Heights: Peak Charm Score of 71
  3. Parkwood: Peak Charm Score of 68
  4. Brightleaf: Peak Charm Score of 67
  5. Duke University: Peak Charm Score of 65

Durham
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16. Cincinnati, Ohio
2014 Population: 298,165
Heatmap - Best places to live in Cincinnati
  1. Central Business District: Peak Charm Score of 85
  2. Over-the-Rhine: Peak Charm Score of 76
  3. Clifton: Peak Charm Score of 74
  4. East Walnut Hills: Peak Charm Score of 66

Cincinnati - Best Place to live
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17. Glendale, Arizona
2014 Population: 237,517
See Glendale best places to live
  1. Central Glendale: Peak Charm Score of 84
  2. Westgate: Peak Charm Score of 67
  3. Bellaire: Peak Charm score of 66

18. Huntington Beach, California
2014 Population: 200,809
Best places to live in Huntington Beach
  1. Downtown Huntington: Peak Charm Score of 84
  2. Yorktown: Peak Charm Score of 74

Huntington Beach Where should I live
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19. Anaheim, California
2014 Population: 346,997
See where you should live in Anaheim - heatmap
  1. Tom Sawyer’s Island: Peak Charm Score of 84
  2. Anaheim Colony Historic District: Peak Charm Score of 76
  3. Platinum Triangle: Peak Charm Score of 60

20. Minneapolis, Minnesota
2014 Population: 407,207
See heatmap of best places to live in Minneapolis
  1. Uptown: Peak Charm Score of 81
  2. Downtown West: Peak Charm Score of 81
  3. Marcy-Holmes: Peak Charm Score of 81
  4. 50th & France: Peak Charm Score of 77
  5. Saint Anthony: Peak Charm Score of 77

Minneapolis - Best areas
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