Best Suburbs in America Wow! Upper Arlington, Powell, Grandview, Dublin and New Albany all madethe list. The U.S. is full of incredible places to live — cities, yes, but also numerous unique smaller towns and villages that people call home. After examining data on nearly 300 suburbs, we put together a list of the 50 best suburbs in America. For this list, we considered suburbs with populations between 5,000 and 100,000 within 40 kilometers of the nearest metropolitan area. We also factored in average commute times, median household income, poverty and crime rates, public school ratings from GreatSchools.org, and a measure of housing affordability. Our list was dominated by the Midwest, or more specifically by Ohio suburbs. This is likely due to several factors, most notably a reasonable cost of living.