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The Most Underrated Cities in America 

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Updated January 16, 2020 59.9k votes 7.9k voters 143.8k views

List Rules Cities that are well-loved and are not obvious tourist destinations or big cities

When you think of the coolest American cities, you probably imagine places like Los Angeles and New York. But there is so much more to this great nation than those giant hubs of travel and culture. In fact, some of the USA's most underrated cities have just as much to offer, without the hassle of millions of people and tons of traffic. For travelers who want to experience some of the best towns America has to offer, there's no better place than these oft-neglected gems. 

The more up and coming cities in the US may get overlooked at first, but dive deeper and you'll see that they are definitely worth your time. So which are the most underrated cities in America? Baltimore, Maryland, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and Houston, Texas are a few that deserve some love. They may not be quite as big as LA or NYC, but they've got just as much architectural beauty, awesome nightlife, and interesting people as any major metropolitan area.

From Portland, Oregon in the west to Providence, Rhode Island in the east, make sure to put these great, underrated cities on your must-visit list.
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Minneapolis is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Underrated Cities in America
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Duluth is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Underrated Cities in America
DennisDonat added Minnesota, USA
3
Charleston is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Underrated Cities in America
thecarguy added South Carolina
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Pittsburgh is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Underrated Cities in America
Pennsylvania
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Kansas City is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Underrated Cities in America
Missouri
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Savannah is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Underrated Cities in America
KirkSaw added Georgia
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Portland is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Underrated Cities in America
Oregon
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Nashville is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Underrated Cities in America
JimJenkins added Tennessee
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Asheville is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Underrated Cities in America
JimJenkins added North Carolina
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Seattle is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Underrated Cities in America
wharin added Washington
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Denver is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Underrated Cities in America
Tom Derr added Colorado, USA
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Milwaukee is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Underrated Cities in America
chiguy72 added Wisconsin, USA
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Salt Lake City is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Underrated Cities in America
noaler1 added Utah
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San Antonio is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Underrated Cities in America
Goose added Texas
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Madison is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Underrated Cities in America
Tom Derr added Wisconsin, USA
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Cincinnati is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Underrated Cities in America
chaseakins1 added Ohio
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Philadelphia is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Underrated Cities in America
Ron Mexico added Pennsylvania
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Boulder is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Underrated Cities in America
Ron Mexico added Colorado
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Colorado Springs is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Underrated Cities in America
patrocksteezy added Colorado
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St. Louis is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Underrated Cities in America
MarySSpiegel added Missouri, USA
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Chattanooga is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Underrated Cities in America
smellsrank added Tennessee
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Grand Rapids is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Underrated Cities in America
beernbugs added Michigan, USA
Michigan
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Flagstaff is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Underrated Cities in America
bitethelime13 added Arizona, USA
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Boise is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Underrated Cities in America
spudster added Idaho
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Providence is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Underrated Cities in America
Rhode Island