Money's list of America's best small cities


Rich and single
In these affluent towns, singles are abundant.
Rank City % population single 2011 median family income
1 Newton, MA 31.2% $145,639
2 Hoboken, NJ 59.9% $140,780
3 Brookline, MA 41.8% $139,756
4 Arlington, VA 41.5% $132,580
5 Redondo Beach, CA 33.6% $118,525
6 Irvine, CA 32.5% $116,232
7 Sandy Springs, GA 35.3% $113,929
8 Towson, MD 35.8% $111,739
9 Oak Park, IL 32.8% $109,258
10 Mountain View, CA 34.9% $109,129
11 Evanston, IL 39.8% $106,873
12 Alexandria, VA 39.1% $106,835
13 Santa Monica, CA 40.9% $106,335
14 Davis, CA 49.7% $105,492
15 Chapel Hill, NC 51.1% $105,327
16 Santa Clara, CA 34.3% $105,198
17 Berkeley, CA 53.9% $102,817
18 Boulder, CO 48.0% $102,521
19 Piscataway, NJ 32.0% $97,642
20 White Plains, NY 32.0% $97,538
21 San Rafael, CA 31.3% $96,964
22 Cambridge, MA 51.8% $96,621
23 Stamford, CT 31.0% $94,479
24 Santa Cruz, CA 47.3% $93,483
25 Norwalk, CT 30.9% $93,095
From the September 2012 issue
Source: Census, OnBoard projections/aggregations
Cities where at least 30% of the population is single were ranked by median family income.
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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