Baton Rouge and Lafayette are two of America’s best places to live, according to’s new 2011 ranking of the nation’s top 100 cities. The list featured cities across 44 states (eat it, Delaware), and the site will narrow the field down to 10 cities next month. RelocateAmerica is a site that helps people decide whether or not to move to a community:


“For 2011, the team found the best communities that are well positioned for economic recovery, already experiencing strong economic recovery or have proven overall economic stability. Factors such as employment, education, community leadership and overall quality of life are strongly considered and all the data is examined to determine the Top 100.”

This is the 14th year the website has released its list, and it’s the second year in a row that Lafayette has made the cut. Lake Charles last made the list in 1999. Mandeville has popped up on the list five times in the last 14 years. Covington’s made the list twice. Other Louisiana cities that have made the list at least once include: Bossier City, Metarie, Madisonville, Crowley, Houma, Morgan City and Gonzales.

Hackberry, meanwhile, has never been on the list – and that’s just a load of bull.

To see this year’s list, visit RelocateAmerica's site