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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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San Francisco is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list America's Coolest Cities
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2,216 1,314
New York City is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list America's Coolest Cities
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2,027 1,015
Seattle is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list America's Coolest Cities
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1,944 1,102
Chicago is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list America's Coolest Cities
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1,630 999
New Orleans is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list America's Coolest Cities
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1,447 860
San Diego is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list America's Coolest Cities
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1,404 989
Boston is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list America's Coolest Cities
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1,277 1,233
Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list America's Coolest Cities
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1,299 911
Portland is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list America's Coolest Cities
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1,261 984
Washington, D.C. is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list America's Coolest Cities
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1,107 642
Honolulu is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list America's Coolest Cities
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1,265 888
Austin is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list America's Coolest Cities
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1,131 766
Denver is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list America's Coolest Cities
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1,087 1,017
Las Vegas is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list America's Coolest Cities
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928 759
Nashville is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list America's Coolest Cities
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1,609 1,110
Kansas City is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list America's Coolest Cities
Kansas City Missouri

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841 849
Miami is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list America's Coolest Cities
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606 437
Charleston is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list America's Coolest Cities
Charleston South Carolina

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717 678
Minneapolis is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list America's Coolest Cities
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406 378
Santa Monica is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list America's Coolest Cities
Santa Monica California, USA

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524 567
Santa Barbara is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list America's Coolest Cities
Santa Barbara California

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674 768
Philadelphia is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list America's Coolest Cities
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565 413
Key West is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list America's Coolest Cities
Key West Florida

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345 300
Laguna Beach is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list America's Coolest Cities
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560 453
Savannah is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list America's Coolest Cities
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342 285
Boulder is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list America's Coolest Cities
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549 624
Pittsburgh is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list America's Coolest Cities
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277 305
Santa Cruz is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list America's Coolest Cities
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276 351
Long Beach is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list America's Coolest Cities
Long Beach California, USA

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San Antonio is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list America's Coolest Cities
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270 357
West Hollywood is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list America's Coolest Cities
West Hollywood California, USA

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510 664
Orlando is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list America's Coolest Cities
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347 373
Providence is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list America's Coolest Cities
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269 401
Beverly Hills is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list America's Coolest Cities
Beverly Hills California, USA

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375 431
Miami Beach is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list America's Coolest Cities
Miami Beach Florida

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295 214
Asheville is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list America's Coolest Cities
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355 402
Madison is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list America's Coolest Cities
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391 512
Phoenix is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list America's Coolest Cities
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377 467
Charlotte is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list America's Coolest Cities
Charlotte North Carolina

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437 582
Atlanta is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list America's Coolest Cities
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198 319
Carlsbad is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list America's Coolest Cities
Carlsbad California, USA

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240 242
Anchorage is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list America's Coolest Cities
Anchorage Anchorage

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296 403
Milwaukee is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list America's Coolest Cities
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242 473
Sacramento is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list America's Coolest Cities
Sacramento California

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480 680
St. Louis is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list America's Coolest Cities
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182 167
Monterey is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list America's Coolest Cities
Monterey California, USA

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202 429
Oakland is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list America's Coolest Cities
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233 229
Santa Fe is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list America's Coolest Cities
Santa Fe New Mexico

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383 644
Dallas is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list America's Coolest Cities
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132 135
Burlington is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list America's Coolest Cities
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