Plano is so picturesque that Warner Brothers used it as the setting for Superman's home town, Smallville, in this summer's "Man of Steel" flick. The town has a number of old historic homes and buildings, and there's also a modern masterpiece, the Farnsworth House, designed by Mies van der Rohe.
But it's not just pretty to look at. Plano is also home to a thriving manufacturing industry, which got its start in the 1800s with Cyrus McCormack's invention of the Plano Harvester, which revolutionized American farming. Factories are still buzzing today, with many residents working at sporting goods equipment maker Plano Molding.Subscribe to Money Magazine
America's best small towns are not only thriving economically, they've also got all you could want in a place to raise a family.
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