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 March 02, 2015 Names The 2015 Top 10 Best Downtowns Across The U.S.

 In cities big and small, downtowns across the country continue to gain populations, and more and more people opt to live in these thriving urban playgrounds. Young professionals between the ages of 22 and 34 are especially drawn to downtowns, where people can congregate, enjoy shopping and dining, walk, bike and, most importantly, live.

With this in mind, has named the Top 10 Best Downtowns, 2015. These downtowns are home to growing populations and high Walk Scores, and offer residents and visitors alike lively entertainment options and dynamic arts and cultural attractions.

Our editors focused on small to mid-sized cities, taking into consideration increasing housing values and populations to find cities that are growing and thriving. They looked for areas with new construction because cranes are often a great sign of economic and cultural recovery. They found downtowns with vibrant arts scenes and walkable streets.

In addition, our well-traveled editors weighed in with their own opinions. The data drives our short list, but our journalistic judgment helps determine the final rankings.

"We're really in a new golden age of American downtowns," says Livability editor Matt Carmichael. "Throughout cities large and small, the energy and resources focused on restoring Main Streets and urban cores is paying off."

Top 10 Best Downtowns, 2015

1. Pittsburgh, PA
2. Minneapolis, MN
3. Indianapolis, IN
4. Greenville, SC
5. Salt Lake City, UT
6. Alexandria, VA
7. Fargo, ND
8. Lincoln, NE
9. Somerville, MA
10. Evanston, IL