Money's list of America's best small cities


Cities
Rank City Population
  Abilene, TX 116,663
29 Abington, PA 54,000
  Akron, OH 207,510
  Alameda, CA 70,580
  Albany, GA 76,374
  Albany, NY 94,019
  Albuquerque, NM 524,548
47 Alexandria, VA 145,000
  Alhambra, CA 85,953
16 Allen, TX 84,000
  Allentown, PA 107,250
  Amarillo, TX 187,236
9 Ames, IA 60,000
42 Amherst, NY 115,000
  Anaheim, CA 335,288
  Anchorage, AK 279,243
  Anderson, IN 58,169
46 Ann Arbor, MI 116,000
  Annandale, VA 52,134
  Antioch, CA 99,114
20 Apple Valley, MN 50,000
  Apple Valley, CA 70,200
96 Appleton, WI 71,000
  Arcadia, CA 56,248
  Arden-Arcade, CA 94,623
  Arlington, TX 378,457
  Arlington, VA 212,173
59 Arlington Heights, IL 73,000
58 Arvada, CO 107,000
  Asheville, NC 74,543
  Aspen Hill, MD 49,790
  Atascocita, TX 61,133
  Athens-Clarke County, GA 113,824
  Atlanta, GA 537,958
  Auburn, AL 56,088
  Auburn, WA 55,426
  Augusta-Richmond County, GA 195,308
  Aurora, CO 319,057
  Aurora, IL 171,782
  Austin, TX 799,267
  Avondale, AZ 81,299
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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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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