Many people tend to look to the coasts of the U.S. when they research potential cities to move to. However, what many people don’t know is that the midwest of the country has some really large, and vibrant cities that should be on your radar!
In fact, there are nearly 50 midwestern cities in the U.S. that have a population over 100,000. We won’t be covering all 50 cities in this article, but rather our top three hand-picked cities that we believe are the best to move to.
We selected cities based on these four criteria primarily:
- Cost of living
- Crime rate
- Unemployment rate
- Comfort index (climate)
By taking the information above into account for each city, we have created a list that we believe most accurately reflects the best cities to move to in 2022. Keep in mind that this list will only include cities that have a population of at least 100,000 and that are in a midwestern state.
So without further ado, let’s explore the three best cities to move to in the midwestern U.S. for 2022.
- Dallas, Texas
While Texas isn’t technically a midwestern state, the city of Dallas is practically in the midwest, being less than 100 miles of the Oklahoma border. Residents of Dallas enjoy very mild and comfortable winters, with some warmer summers that can reach the 90s.
As for the economy, Dallas enjoys one of the best in the midwest. Their downtown is home to many company headquarters in the region, such as this company, for example. For this reason, Dallas sees a slightly higher cost of living than other midwestern cities. However, it comes with its fair share of advantages, such as better jobs, city life, and more.
- Omaha, Nebraska
Omaha is often overlooked when people look for cities to move to, and that is surprising for a lot of the residents who live there. With extremely low unemployment rates, low cost of living, it is a genuine option you should consider.
Many residents often say their city isn’t for everyone, as it is far from any other major city. It’s sitting in the middle of the country, literally, Omaha isn’t really near anything worth visiting. The two biggest cities that are closest to Omaha are Des Moines and Kansas City. Kansas City does have more to offer, and is around a three-hour drive so a day trip is possible.
Our top destination in the city of Omaha is the Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium, which is a fantastic place to take your family and friends for an entertaining day. To find out more information about the zoo, click here.
- Cincinnati, Ohio
The third largest city in Ohio is another city that just does not see enough attention, and that really came as a surprise to us given all the city has to offer. With a population of just over 300,000, Cincinnati is no small midwestern town. The city has a low cost of living, with a median home price of just $200,000 according to bestplaces.net.
Additionally, Cincinnati has a lot of attractions for its size. Of course, there is the world famous Cincinnati Zoo which is arguably the best zoo in America, the Great American Ball Park, Paycour Stadium, and several museums such as the fascinating American Sign Museum.
Cincinnati is also a stunning city visually, with many examples of 19th-century architecture being prominent in the skyline.
Keep in mind there are nearly 50 other large cities in the midwest that all have something unique to offer, so be sure to do further research.