Money's list of America's best small cities


Big cities
City Population
New York, NY 8,363,700
Los Angeles, CA 3,833,900
Chicago, IL 2,853,100
Houston, TX 2,242,100
Phoenix, AZ 1,567,900
Philadelphia, PA 1,447,300
San Antonio, TX 1,351,300
San Diego, CA 1,282,600
Dallas, TX 1,279,900
San Jose, CA 948,200
Detroit, MI 912,000
Jacksonville, FL 820,600
San Francisco, CA 808,900
Indianapolis city, IN 804,100
Austin, TX 799,200
Columbus, OH 762,600
Fort Worth, TX 703,000
Charlotte, NC 687,400
Memphis, TN 669,600
Nashville-Davidson, TN 663,300
Boston, MA 647,000
Baltimore, MD 644,600
Milwaukee, WI 632,600
Denver, CO 627,500
El Paso, TX 613,100
Seattle, WA 598,500
Washington, DC 597,200
Las Vegas, NV 584,600
Portland, OR 580,000
Oklahoma City, OK 563,100
Tucson, AZ 541,800
Atlanta, GA 537,900
Albuquerque, NM 524,500
Fresno, CA 476,000
Sacramento, CA 468,200
Mesa, AZ 464,000
Long Beach, CA 463,700
Kansas City, MO 460,300
Omaha, NE 438,600
Cleveland, OH 433,700
Virginia Beach, VA 433,700
Miami, FL 413,200
Colorado Springs, CO 406,900
Oakland, CA 404,100
Raleigh, NC 392,500
Tulsa, OK 388,800
Minneapolis, MN 382,600
Arlington, TX 378,400
Honolulu, HI 374,600
Wichita, KS 366,000
St. Louis, MO 354,300
Tampa, FL 340,800
Santa Ana, CA 339,100
Anaheim, CA 335,200
Cincinnati, OH 333,300
Bakersfield, CA 322,000
Aurora, CO 319,000
New Orleans, LA 311,800
Pittsburgh, PA 310,000
From the August 2010 issue
CNNMoney's Best Places database includes 800-plus U.S. cities with populations 50,000 and up.
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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 2 years.
City Avg. listing price
(June 2010)
1. Eden Prairie, MN $430,710
2. Columbia-Ellicott
     City, MD
$487,602
3. Newton, MA $989,445
4. Bellevue, WA $801,423
5. McKinney, TX $267,661
6. Fort Collins, CO $271,950
7. Overland Park, KS $308,235
8. Fishers, IN $282,482
9. Ames, IA $189,657
10. Rogers, AR $269,229

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Ranking
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Population
8.4M
46,000
Home Prices
2009 median sales prices
$1.2M
$36K
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Using statistics from data provider 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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