Money's list of America's best small cities


Pricey homes
Here are towns from the Best Places database with the highest median home price.
Rank City Median home sale price 2011
1 Greenwich, CT $ 1,901,029
2 Palo Alto, CA $ 1,225,000
3 Newport Beach, CA $ 1,118,250
5 Cupertino, CA $ 890,500
6 Santa Monica, CA $ 880,000
7 Arcadia, CA $ 795,000
8 North Hempstead, NY $ 747,382
9 Bethesda, MD $ 740,000
10 Danville, CA $ 691,500
11 Mountain View, CA $ 658,750
12 Newton, MA $ 650,000
13 Santa Barbara, CA $ 635,000
14 Redwood City, CA $ 625,000
15 Fairfield, CT $ 618,417
16 Redondo Beach, CA $ 607,250
17 Pleasanton, CA $ 605,000
18 San Francisco, CA $ 605,000
19 Encinitas, CA $ 566,250
20 Brookline, MA $ 565,000
20 San Clemente, CA $ 560,000
20 Lower Merion, PA $ 553,498
22 Yorba Linda, CA $ 549,760
23 San Ramon, CA $ 540,500
24 Sunnyvale, CA $ 538,000
25 Berkeley, CA $ 535,000
From the September 2012 issue
Source: Onboard Informatics, Actual sales collected from county and municipal assessors' offices. Only includes sales within town boundaries. Only towns where there were more than 100 home sales in 2011 were considered.
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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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