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List Rules Most dynamic, fun, entertaining cities to live in or to visit in the U.S. Cities, please, not towns.

Ranker Video Ranking America's COOLEST Cities!

This super cool list of the coolest cities in the U.S. has been ranked by the many chill, awesome people who have visited or who live in them. The United States has a lot to offer a traveler, so much so that dozens of cities within the 50 states could easily be deemed the absolute coolest. But, if you had to, could you decide on just a few that you would call the most fun? Can you really pick the coolest cities in America?

Each of the many cities listed here offers something different, something unique, that sets it apart from the others, but they're all among the most fun cities in the US and are seriously fun places to live. Whether it's rich history and important landmarks, as in Boston, New Orleans, or Philadelphia, or a complex culture and intrinsic city identity, like in New York or San Francisco, each place on this list is a great place to visit, get lost, and have fun. Big cities like Detroit and Los Angeles may think they are the coolest, simply as they are the most popular, but fierce competition for the coolest American city title comes from other locations like Miami, Las Vegas, that hipster mecca Portland, and Chicago.

Whether you're looking for one of the best cities in the United States to start a company or one of the most visited tourist destinations, all are represented here in a slice of America in one cozy list. You may even have to stop in some of the worst airports in the US to get to them.

There are tons of places to visit and different sights to see, making America home to some of the world's coolest cities. No matter the order, all of these places are the top travel spots to hit up in the red, white, and blue.
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2,741 1,878
San Francisco is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list America's Coolest Cities
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2
2,713 1,575
New York City is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list America's Coolest Cities
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3
2,379 1,331
Chicago is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list America's Coolest Cities
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4
2,415 1,241
Seattle is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list America's Coolest Cities
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5
1,988 1,195
New Orleans is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list America's Coolest Cities
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6
1,755 1,077
San Diego is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list America's Coolest Cities
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7
1,742 1,161
Boston is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list America's Coolest Cities
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8
1,534 1,513
Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list America's Coolest Cities
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9
1,511 1,093
Portland is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list America's Coolest Cities
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10
1,484 1,129
Washington, D.C. is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list America's Coolest Cities
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11
1,306 773
Honolulu is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list America's Coolest Cities
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12
1,501 1,044
Austin is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list America's Coolest Cities
Texas

13
1,350 902
Denver is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list America's Coolest Cities
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14
1,265 1,202
Las Vegas is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list America's Coolest Cities
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15
1,131 911
Nashville is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list America's Coolest Cities
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16
1,007 985
Miami is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list America's Coolest Cities
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17
1,710 1,277
Kansas City is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list America's Coolest Cities
Missouri

18
867 782
Minneapolis is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list America's Coolest Cities
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19
761 542
Charleston is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list America's Coolest Cities
South Carolina

20
834 890
Philadelphia is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list America's Coolest Cities
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21
613 673
Santa Barbara is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list America's Coolest Cities
California

22
502 513
Santa Monica is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list America's Coolest Cities
California, USA

23
659 517
Key West is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list America's Coolest Cities
Florida

24
412 419
Laguna Beach is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list America's Coolest Cities
junk1 added California, USA

25
673 555
Savannah is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list America's Coolest Cities
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26
698 715
Pittsburgh is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list America's Coolest Cities
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27
447 386
Boulder is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list America's Coolest Cities
beernbugs added Colorado, United States of America, North America

28
338 408
Santa Cruz is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list America's Coolest Cities
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29
570 689
San Antonio is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list America's Coolest Cities
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30
324 450
Long Beach is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list America's Coolest Cities
California, USA

31
415 442
Providence is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list America's Coolest Cities
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32
320 458
West Hollywood is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list America's Coolest Cities
California, USA

33
597 772
Orlando is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list America's Coolest Cities
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34
397 278
Asheville is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list America's Coolest Cities
beernbugs added North Carolina

35
431 457
Madison is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list America's Coolest Cities
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36
315 294
Anchorage is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list America's Coolest Cities
Anchorage

37
436 509
Miami Beach is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list America's Coolest Cities
Florida

38
315 507
Beverly Hills is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list America's Coolest Cities
California, USA

39
365 452
Milwaukee is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list America's Coolest Cities
mrblond added Wisconsin

40
454 602
Phoenix is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list America's Coolest Cities
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41
439 555
Charlotte is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list America's Coolest Cities
North Carolina

42
565 749
St. Louis is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list America's Coolest Cities
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43
521 684
Atlanta is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list America's Coolest Cities
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44
228 386
Carlsbad is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list America's Coolest Cities
California, USA

45
316 265
Santa Fe is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list America's Coolest Cities
New Mexico

46
271 550
Sacramento is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list America's Coolest Cities
California

47
124 72
Portland is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list America's Coolest Cities
Maine, USA

48
221 228
Monterey is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list America's Coolest Cities
California, USA

49
191 173
Burlington is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list America's Coolest Cities
beernbugs added Vermont

50
115 67
Niagara Falls is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list America's Coolest Cities
New York, USA