Money's list of America's best small cities


Top-earning towns
Here are cities from the Best Places database with some of the highest median family incomes.
Rank City 2011 median family income
1 Bethesda, MD $184,606
2 Greenwich, CT $167,502
3 Palo Alto, CA $163,661
4 Newport Beach, CA $156,928
5 Lower Merion, PA $153,309
6 Ashburn, VA $146,093
7 Newton, MA $145,639
8 Hoboken, NJ $140,780
9 Brookline, MA $139,756
10 Fairfield, CT $136,808
11 Arlington, VA $132,580
12 Ellicott City, MD $132,197
13 Johns Creek, GA $128,552
14 Naperville, IL $123,511
15 North Hempstead, NY $122,280
16 The Woodlands, TX $122,091
17 Wayne, NJ $120,909
18 Carmel, IN $120,714
19 Flower Mound, TX $119,251
20 Clarkstown, NY $118,887
21 West Bloomfield, MI $118,429
22 Highlands Ranch, CO $117,523
23 Catalina Foothills, AZ $116,997
24 Eden Prairie, MN $116,085
25 Sandy Springs, GA $113,929
From the September 2012 issue
Source: Census data, Onboard Informatics projection/aggregation
Only two places per state could qualify.
Best Places Winners
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Home price trends
Hover over any of the 10 Best Places below to see how real estate prices have changed in the past year.
City Avg. listing price
(July 2012)
1. Carmel, IN $304,340
2. McKinney, TX $245,917
3. Eden Prairie, MN $413,566
4. Newton, MA $850,117
5. Redmond, WA $518,982
6. Irvine, CA $904,753
7. Reston, VA $467,934
8. Columbia/Ellicott City, MD $406,943
9. Overland Park, KS $278,204
10. Chapel Hill, NC $376,660

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Using statistics from data services company Onboard Informatics, we crunched the numbers in order to zero in on America's best small cities for families. (Last year, we looked at small towns, with populations between 8,500 and 50,000.) More

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