These Are The South's Best Cities to Live in 2018

Georgetown, Texas
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There's no place quite like a Southern city, where vibrant food scenes, ample entertainment options, and dreamy downtowns are made even better because they happily cohabitate with old-school Southern signatures, like friendly neighbors and gracious charm. With so many beautiful cities across our region, ranging from spirited college hubs to storied music meccas, we couldn't possibly play favorites, so we left the hard work of crafting the "Best Cities to Live" shortlist to all of you. And you delivered, pointing us to the best cities to live in across the South—those pretty, pleasant places that y'all call home, or at least dream of one day calling home. From lively foodie favorites to quieter gems with plenty of outdoor activities, these 17 Southern cities are the kinds of places you'll want to put down roots, build that house with the white picket fence, and stay for a lifetime. Who's ready to move?

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1. Georgetown, Texas

Georgetown, Texas
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2. Charleston, South Carolina

Charleston Homes
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3. Greenville, South Carolina

Downtown Greenville, SC
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4. Alpharetta, Georgia

Alpharetta, Georgia
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5. Fayetteville, Arkansas

Fayetteville, Arkansas
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6. Asheville, North Carolina

Downtown Asheville, NC
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7. Sarasota, Florida

Sarasota, Florida
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8. Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Chapel Hill, NC
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9. Roswell, Georgia

Roswell, Georgia
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10. Lexington, Kentucky

Lexington, Kentucky
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11. Austin, Texas

Aerial View of Capitol Building Austin, TX
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12. Wilmington, North Carolina

Wilmington, NC
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13. Frisco, Texas

Frisco, Texas
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14. Nashville, Tennessee

Johnny Cash Mural in Nashville
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15. Summerville, South Carolina

Summerville, South Carolina
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