Help pick the best places to live in the United States and Europe

Six of Europe’s best towns, rivers and islands have been nominated in The Washington Post’s annual Best Places to Live contest. We’re looking for the best cities, small towns and large villages in the United States and Europe to provide Washingtonians with the most interesting places to live, work and play.

The complete list of nominees is here. Readers will choose the top four cities, towns and villages in Washington and European destinations, which will be announced May 1. Winners will be announced in an upcoming Washington Post Weekend magazine.


Bethesda/Rosslyn, Va.

Columbia, Md.

Austin, Texas

Charleston, S.C.

Charlottesville, Va.

Mountain Home, Ark.

Orlando, Fla.

Pike Run, Va.

Portsmouth, Va.

Seoul, South Korea

Stockholm, Sweden

Vancouver, British Columbia

Travelers can vote for their favorite city, town or village here.


Amsterdam, Netherlands

Basel, Switzerland

Bristol, U.K.

Canastota, N.Y.

Beerbohm, Austria

Bruges, Belgium

Calvi, Belgium

De Cateln, Switzerland

Ghent, Belgium

Gort, Austria

Heinrichstaat, Germany

Ile-de-France, France

Lisbon, Portugal

Marbella, Spain

Munich, Germany

Nantes, France

Osnabrück, Germany

Osnabrück, Germany

Stuttgart, Germany

Vienna, Austria

This year, readers will be able to vote on everything from architecture and arts to shopping and dining. The full list of nominees has not yet been released, but some cities and towns have received a number of nominations. Those cities and towns are:

Austin, Texas

Cambridge, Mass.

Columbia, Md.

Cleveland, Ohio

Columbus, Ohio

District of Columbia

Evlyn, Maine

Granby, Mass.

Hallamsted, Maine

Gravelly Point, Maine

Grand Island, Neb.

Hopkinton, Mass.

Hickory, N.C.

Holland, the Netherlands

Hopkinsville, N.H.

Marathon, Mass.

Nashua, N.H.

Niagara Falls, N.Y.

New Cambridge, Mass.

New Bedford, Mass.

Norwalk, Conn.

Quincy, Mass.

Riga, Latvia

Philadelphia, Pa.

Slovenia’s Kvarner region

Schantz, Germany

St. David’s, Wales

Summerland, Calif.

Upper Montclair, N.J.

Van Ness, N.J.

Vienna, Austria

Villanova, Pa.

Wagner, Germany

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