Money's list of America's best small cities


States
Top 100
Rank City Population
22 Irvine 208,000
63 Pleasanton 67,000
65 Rocklin 53,000
38 Yorba Linda 66,000
Other cities
  Alameda 70,580
  Alhambra 85,953
  Anaheim 335,288
  Antioch 99,114
  Apple Valley 70,200
  Arcadia 56,248
  Arden-Arcade 94,623
  Bakersfield 322,066
  Baldwin Park 77,380
  Bellflower 73,033
  Berkeley 102,455
  Buena Park 79,379
  Burbank 102,968
  Camarillo 63,324
  Carlsbad 96,374
  Carmichael 49,768
  Carson 92,366
  Castro Valley 55,563
  Cathedral City 53,761
  Cerritos 51,885
  Chico 83,791
  Chino 83,031
  Chino Hills 81,975
  Chula Vista 228,951
  Citrus Heights 84,432
  Clovis 92,318
  Colton 50,517
  Compton 94,069
  Concord 121,160
  Corona 153,137
  Costa Mesa 110,080
  Cupertino 53,637
  Daly City 101,514
  Davis 70,139
  Delano 53,051
  Diamond Bar 57,453
  Downey 107,587
  East Los Angeles 123,021
  El Cajon 92,873
  El Monte 121,791
  Elk Grove 133,003
  Encinitas 60,372
  Escondido 137,103
  Fairfield 103,683
  Florence-Graham 59,791
  Folsom 72,788
  Fontana 184,984
  Fountain Valley 55,516
  Fremont 203,544
  Fresno 476,050
  Fullerton 131,868
  Garden Grove 166,083
  Gardena 58,554
  Glendale 197,176
  Glendora 49,410
  Hacienda Heights 50,800
  Hanford 50,103
  Hawthorne 85,694
  Hayward 142,061
  Hemet 74,228
  Hesperia 85,883
  Highland 53,429
  Huntington Beach 192,620
  Huntington Park 61,488
  Indio 84,443
  Inglewood 113,807
  La Habra 59,155
  La Mesa 54,673
  Laguna Niguel 64,469
  Lake Elsinore 50,952
  Lake Forest 75,566
  Lakewood 78,444
  Lancaster 145,469
  Livermore 80,188
  Lodi 61,301
  Long Beach 463,789
  Los Angeles 3,833,995
  Lynwood 70,025
  Madera 56,700
  Manteca 65,028
  Merced 77,160
  Milpitas 67,503
  Mission Viejo 94,461
  Modesto 202,967
  Montebello 62,998
  Monterey Park 61,234
  Moreno Valley 190,871
  Mountain View 73,093
  Murrieta 97,918
  Napa 74,547
  National City 58,680
  Newport Beach 79,661
  Norwalk 102,982
  Novato 52,785
  Oakland 404,155
  Oceanside 174,085
  Ontario 171,691
  Orange 136,392
  Oxnard 185,717
  Palm Desert 50,876
  Palm Springs 50,165
  Palmdale 143,197
  Palo Alto 60,089
  Paramount 55,236
  Pasadena 143,080
  Perris 60,902
  Petaluma 54,666
  Pico Rivera 63,138
  Pittsburg 64,148
  Pomona 152,699
  Porterville 51,830
  Rancho Cordova 62,265
  Rancho Cucamonga 171,176
  Rancho Santa Margarita 50,308
  Redding 90,201
  Redlands 70,743
  Redondo Beach 66,882
  Redwood City 76,527
  Rialto 98,700
  Richmond 97,782
  Riverside 296,943
  Rosemead 54,412
  Roseville 113,367
  Rowland Heights 46,793
  Sacramento 468,237
  Salinas 148,706
  San Bernardino 200,890
  San Buenaventura (Ventura) 103,706
  San Clemente 61,465
  San Diego 1,282,605
  San Francisco 808,976
  San Jose 948,279
  San Leandro 77,880
  San Marcos 79,114
  San Mateo 93,306
  San Rafael 55,602
  Santa Ana 339,130
  Santa Barbara 90,594
  Santa Clara 110,200
  Santa Clarita 169,500
  Santa Cruz 56,124
  Santa Maria 86,356
  Santa Monica 87,664
  Santa Rosa 155,796
  Santee 53,860
  Simi Valley 120,543
  South Gate 96,640
  South San Francisco 62,502
  South Whittier 54,920
  Stockton 287,037
  Sunnyvale 133,876
  Temecula 97,100
  Thousand Oaks 123,091
  Torrance 140,820
  Tracy 79,196
  Tulare 56,654
  Turlock 68,404
  Tustin 71,814
  Union City 72,123
  Upland 73,205
  Vacaville 92,219
  Vallejo 114,729
  Victorville 110,318
  Visalia 121,040
  Vista 91,144
  Walnut Creek 63,486
  Watsonville 50,442
  West Covina 105,790
  West Sacramento 50,797
  Westminster 88,975
  Whittier 83,613
  Woodland 57,185
  Yuba City 61,226
  Yucaipa 50,271
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(June 2010)
1. Eden Prairie, MN $430,710
2. Columbia-Ellicott
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$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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