When people are deciding where to live in the United States, several larger cities come to mind; New York, Boston, Los Angeles, Austin. As the dominating presence of these cities looms within our collective conscience, there are plenty of other alluring, awe-inspiring, underrated cities deserving of attention.
Whether you choose to visit a new destination in the southern US, discover a hidden gem midwestern city with a museum of more than 11k works of art, or a spot on the east coast that’s ultra-friendly to the LGBTQ population, we have compiled incredible gems of locales that, although do not have the same fame as the aforementioned New Yorks and Bostons of the world, have their own undeniable streak of original, breathtaking personalities.
Without further ado, here are the top 10 hidden gem cities throughout the US!
10. McKinney, Texas
People who are on the lookout for cities with plenty of great job opportunities should consider McKinney, TX, where the unemployment rate was an astoundingly low 3.1 percent in April of 2015. McKinney was ranked among the best cities to live in all of America twice in the 2010’s alone, and it has a place of rapid expansion as more and more people try to see the virtues of the city for themselves.
Demographically, McKinney tends to skew young, with the median age being 31 years old and the majority of the population under 45. There are lots of people under the age of 18 as well, so young professionals and parents will find plenty of people just like them. McKinney, TX has been home to a large number of famous athletes over the years coming out of McKinney, including Johnny Quinn and Ronald Jones.
9. Bolingbrook, Illinois
Bolingbrook, IL is a charming Chicago suburb on the rise. Its history only goes back to around 1965, which is one of the reasons why many people outside of the area aren’t especially familiar with it.
However, Bolingbrook is expanding, and it may prove to be something of a dark horse in the long run. It has been growing since around the 1990’s, making it a hip and modern place.
Bolingbrook easily manages to defy the stereotypes that characterize suburban areas as being dull. The Bolingbrook Park District features a lesser known nature center and ice skating arena. People who are interested in both golf and aviation will both find plenty to do in Bolingbrook, IL.