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Survey: The 150 Best Places in America to Escape the Rat Race [2024]

Rat Race Refuge

The below ranking shows the 150 most sought-after towns and cities in America for those waiting to distance themselves from the relentless pace of the rat race.

Ranking Town/City State
11 Bozeman Montana
12 Anacortes Washington
13 Franklin Tennessee
14 Hood River Oregon
15 Blue Ridge Georgia
16 Gallatin Tennessee
17 Middlebury Vermont
18 Paducah Kentucky
19 Wenatchee Washington
20 Westerly Rhode Island
21 Pagosa Springs Colorado
22 Springdale Utah
23 Spring Green Wisconsin
24 Asheville North Carolina
25 Bristol Rhode Island
26 Chestertown Maryland
27 Jerome Arizona
28 McMinnville Tennessee
29 Abita Springs Louisiana
30 Corinth Mississippi
31 Whitefish Montana
32 Coeur d'Alene Idaho
33 Medora North Dakota
34 Bluffton South Carolina
35 Rhinebeck New York
36 Sisters Oregon
37 St. Francisville Louisiana
38 Georgetown South Carolina
39 Hockessin Delaware
40 Medicine Park Oklahoma
41 Sheridan Wyoming
42 Breaux Bridge Louisiana
43 Ocean Springs Mississippi
44 Princeton New Jersey
45 Riverton Wyoming
46 Carmel-by-the-Sea California
47 Corvallis Oregon
48 Hanalei Hawaii
49 Livingston Montana
50 Port Townsend Washington
51 Silver City New Mexico
52 Tuscumbia Alabama
53 Custer South Dakota
54 State College Pennsylvania
55 Alton Illinois
56 Cleveland Mississippi
57 Genoa Nevada
58 Mount Dora Florida
59 Broken Bow Oklahoma
60 Okoboji Iowa
61 Provincetown Massachusetts
62 Red Wing Minnesota
63 Dunedin Florida
64 Sanibel Island Florida
65 Valley City North Dakota
66 Beacon New York
67 Boothbay Harbor Maine
68 Montevallo Arizona
69 Portsmouth New Hampshire
70 St. George Utah
71 Weston Missouri
72 Abingdon Virginia
73 Norfolk Nebraska
74 Valentine Nebraska
75 Wimberley Texas
76 Atchison Kansas
77 Blowing Rock North Carolina
78 Northfield Minnesota
79 Cape May New Jersey
80 Eureka Springs Arkansas
81 Heber Springs Arkansas
82 Salida Colorado
83 Abilene Kansas
84 Camden Maine
85 Greenville South Carolina
86 Elkins West Virginia
87 Las Vegas New Mexico
88 Thomasville Georgia
89 Deadwood South Dakota
90 New Hope Pennsylvania
91 Bend Oregon
92 Chesterton Indiana
93 Granbury Texas
94 Hermann Missouri
95 Lander Wyoming
96 Traverse City Michigan
97 Truth or Consequences New Mexico
98 Wickford Village Rhode Island
99 Montevallo Alabama
100 Peachtree City Georgia
101 Talkeetna Alaska
102 Yellow Springs Ohio
103 Bethany Beach Delaware
104 Monroeville Alabama
105 Winnemucca Nevada
106 Easton Maryland
107 Mystic Connecticut
108 Tahlequah Oklahoma
109 Chester Connecticut
110 Haddonfield New Jersey
111 Havre de Grace Maryland
112 Bay St. Louis Mississippi
113 Littleton New Hampshire
114 Paonia Colorado
115 Perrysburg Ohio
116 Petoskey Michigan
117 Rocheport Missouri
118 Thomas West Virginia
119 Berea Kentucky
120 Charlevoix Michigan
121 Doylestown Pennsylvania
122 East Greenwich Rhode Island
123 Eau Claire Wisconsin
124 Kearney Nebraska
125 Leadville Colorado
126 Lenox Massachusetts
127 Lewes Delaware
128 Montpelier Vermont
129 Patagonia Arizona
130 Rockland Maine
131 Shepherdstown West Virginia
132 Stillwater Minnesota
133 Woodstock Illinois
134 Woodstock Vermont
135 Chagrin Falls Ohio
136 Door County Wisconsin
137 Hanover New Hampshire
138 Harrisonburg Virginia
139 Harrodsburg Kentucky
140 Lindsborg Kansas
141 Zionsville Indiana
142 Chadron Nebraska
143 Sandpoint Idaho
144 Saugatuck Michigan
145 Bishop Hill Illinois
146 Chatham Massachusetts
147 Newburyport Massachusetts
148 Park River North Dakota
149 Pella Iowa
150 Mountain View Arkansas

Implications of the Study

  • Increased Desire for Balance: The findings reflect a growing trend among professionals who seek a more balanced lifestyle, away from high-pressure work environments.
  • Cultural and Historical Appeal:Many of the top choices are towns and cities with rich cultural and historical significance, indicating a desire to connect with history and community.
  • Natural and Tranquil Settings: Preference for places with natural beauty and tranquility suggest a need for connection with nature and a slower pace of life.
  • Diversity in Preferences:The variety of places chosen, from beach side to historic, shows diverse preferences in what constitutes an ideal escape from the rat race.
  • Adoption of Stress-Relief Practices:With the increased stress from fast-paced work environments, there is a growing need for alternative methods to cope with stress, such as the use of CBD products, meditation, regular exercise, and nutritional supplements. A shift towards holistic well-being and the integration of these practices into daily life can help individuals achieve more balanced lifestyles.


Online panel survey of 3,000 adults based on age, gender, and geography. Internal data sources are used to obtain population data sets. We used a two-step process to ensure representativeness through stratified sampling and post-stratification weighting.

Respondents are carefully chosen from a geographically representative online panel of double opt-in members. This selection is further tailored to meet the precise criteria required for each unique survey. Throughout the survey, we design questions to carefully screen and authenticate respondents, guaranteeing the alignment of the survey with the ideal participants.

To ensure the integrity of our data collection, we employ an array of data quality methods. Alongside conventional measures like digital fingerprinting, bot checks, geo-verification, and speeding detection, etc. each response undergoes a thorough review by a dedicated team member to ensure quality and contextual accuracy. Our commitment extends to open-ended responses, subjecting them to scrutiny for gibberish answers and plagiarism detection.