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These Are The Top 25 American Cities With The Best Work-Life Balance, 2020

Madison, Wisconsin

Madison in Wisconsin has been dubbed the city with the best work-life balance in the United States for 2020, according to SmartAsset, while Lincoln, Nebraska and Lexington, Kentucky placed second and third, respectively.

The 2020 rankings placed Nashville, Tennessee in fourth ahead of Columbus, Ohio into fifth; while Portland, Oregon ranked sixth. Henderson, Nevada tied with Buffalo, New York, as 7th American city with the best work-life balance.

Overall, among the top 10 American cities with the best work-life balance, the ninth and tenth positions are held by Omaha, Nebraska, and Paradise, Nevada.

To find the cities with the best work-life balance, the finance guidance website compared data for the 100 largest cities in the US across ten metrics including entertainment establishment density, dining establishment density, bar density, housing costs as a percentage of income, average number of weeks worked per year, average number of hours worked per week, average commute time, percentage of workers with commutes over an hour, unemployment rate, and labor force participation rate.

Top 25 American cities with the best work-life balance, 2020

  1. Madison, Wisconsin
  2. Lincoln, Nebraska
  3. Lexington, Kentucky
  4. Nashville, Tennessee
  5. Columbus, Ohio
  6. Portland, Oregon

    Portland, Oregon

  7. Henderson, Nevada (tie)
  8. Buffalo, New York (tie)
  9. Omaha, Nebraska
  10. Paradise, Nevada
  11. Denver, Colorado

    Denver, Colorado

  12. Boise, Idaho
  13. Austin, Texas
  14. Durham, North Carolina
  15. Saint Paul, Minnesota
  16. Reno, Nevada
  17. San Francisco, California

    San Francisco, United States

  18. Wichita, Kansas
  19. Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  20. Richmond, Virginia
  21. Louisville, Kentucky (tie)
  22. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (tie)
  23. Lubbock, Texas
  24. Kansas City, Missouri
  25. Minneapolis, Minnesota (tie)
  26. Corpus Christi, Texas (tie)
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