What is the best area of the United States to live? The criteria I am thinking about include: Freedom of the country Close enough to a metropolitan area for jobs Good weather Lack of natural disasters A reasonable cost of living The area I think would be best is in California north of Sacramento. Here are my reasons. Freedom of the country -- There are many areas north of Sacramento that are unincorporated and not in towns, or small towns if preferred. The Sacramento Valley has some of the best farm land in the world. Close enough to a metropolitan area for jobs -- The Sacramento area would be good for jobs, and this is the state capital of California. Good weather -- The upper Sacramento Valley in Northern California has good weather with mild winters. The 18 inches of average annual rainfall may be on the dry side, but there are rivers and many irrigation canals through this area. Lack of natural disasters -- Sacramento and areas north are far enough from the San Andreas Fault Line so that severe earthquakes would be very rare. The chances of tornadoes or hurricanes are very slim. The nearest volcano would be Mount Lassen and it does not seem active. Flooding could be a problem in low-lying areas, so I would choose high ground for a house. A reasonable cost of living -- The cost of living in Sacramento is less than the national average, and it would be even less expensive living away from the city. What do you think? What area in the United States do you think would be the best place to live? Why?