The ‘Biggest Little City In The World’ Was Just Named The Best Small City In America

Reno, Nevada is America’s best small city for 2020.

The 2020 ranking of America’s 100 best small cities is out, and Reno came out on top.

Resonance Consultancy released the latest edition of its annual small city ranking Tuesday, which rates American cities with populations between 100,000 and 500,000.

Reno edged out other highly ranked cities including Naples, Florida; Santa Fe, New Mexico; and Savannah, Georgia in the study, which used factors such as natural environment, airport connectivity, sports teams, nightlife, educational attainment and online reviews to rank each city.

Reno ranked sixth in last year’s study.

‘Enviable location’

“By day, this sun-drenched town at the feet of the snow-capped Sierra Nevadas earns its #16 rank for Weather,” the report said of Reno. “By night, its neon-lit casinos help Reno to the top spot for Nightlife among our small cities.

“But it’s not just gamblers taking a chance on the ‘Biggest Little City in the World.; Increasingly, it’s tech companies and highly educated young workers, who come for the jobs and stay for the enviable location (Lake Tahoe is less than an hour away) and accompanying year-round outdoor lifestyle.”

Reno also scored well for Instagram hashtags (second overall), convention center (third) and attractions (third).

“The nation’s small cities face particularly pivotal months ahead,” Resonance President and CEO Chris Fair said in a press release. “Small-center urban growth was already rising before the pandemic. Now with millions of workers increasingly able to work remotely, many may choose to move to these smaller cities.

”At the same time, we expect travel to drive-to destinations to recover first. As American travelers hit the road, they’ll likely look to small cities to satisfy their travel desires.”

Top 10 cities

The top 10 cities, according to Resonance Consultancy’s methodology:

  1. Reno, Nevada
  2. Naples, Florida
  3. Santa Fe, New Mexico
  4. Savannah, Georgia
  5. Asheville, North Carolina
  6. Anchorage, Alaska
  7. Boulder, Colorado
  8. Trenton, New Jersey
  9. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
  10. Ann Arbor, Michigan












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