FARGO — A website that ranks mid-sized U.S. cities says Fargo once again made the cut for its annual Top 100 Best Places to Live in America — but the city dropped 66 positions compared to its 2020 ranking.

Livability.com ranked Fargo at No. 74 for 2021, a plunge compared to its 2020 spot at No. 8. The 2021 profile of Fargo describes it as “Silicon Prairie” and “a tight-knit, business-friendly community that’s known for innovation.”

In 2020, Fargo tallied an overall score of 701. That number dropped to 673 for this year’s list. Fargo’s economy score dropped from 60 in 2020 to 56 this year.

Compiled from economic and demographic data, the annual Livability list provides a snapshot of America’s mid-sized cities and generates fodder for promotional materials and proud social media postings.

“This year’s list is a testament to loving where you live, in a time where more of us than ever can live anywhere we want,” said Livability.com managing editor Cara Sanders in the announcement of this year’s results. “These past two years have shown us how important it is that the places we live meet our needs and offer up affordability, opportunity and plenty of amenities. If we can work from anywhere, then these 100 cities are places you would want to live and make remote workers’ needs a top priority.”

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The list said Rochester, Minn., was No. 14 on the 2021 list, describing the community as “a small but mighty city with a thriving downtown scene, tons of professional networking opportunities and lots of family-friendly activities to keep little ones busy.” Plus the fact that Rochester residents "get to enjoy all four seasons" was lauded.

While Rochester’s overall “livability” score only dropped by one point from 727 in 2020 to 726 this year, many other cities moved up on a new scoring system that now includes a “Remote Ready” ranking based on how friendly a community is to remote workers. Rochester had a Remote Ready score of 49, while Fargo's score was 60.

More than 1,000 adults from across the country were asked if they could work from anywhere, which factors would be most heavily considered when choosing to relocate. Livability’s materials state that since March 2020, more than 42 percent of the U.S. population has either moved or considered moving.

The top five cities on the 2021 Top 100 Best Places to Live in America list were (from first to fifth): Madison, Wis.; Ann Arbor, Mich.; Overland Park, Kan.; Frederick, Md.; and Charlottesville, Va.