Money's list of America's best small towns


Big cities
City Population
New York, NY 8,415,920
Los Angeles, CA 3,830,164
Chicago, IL 2,843,864
Houston, TX 2,180,804
Philadelphia, PA 1,554,147
Phoenix, AZ 1,524,601
San Antonio, TX 1,326,076
San Diego, CA 1,318,904
Dallas, TX 1,294,963
San Jose, CA 980,311
San Francisco, CA 823,416
Jacksonville, FL 819,105
Indianapolis city, IN 814,499
Austin, TX 796,162
Detroit, MI 793,258
Columbus, OH 766,845
Charlotte, NC 734,978
Fort Worth, TX 690,365
Memphis, TN 657,637
Boston, MA 655,002
Baltimore, MD 635,921
Denver, CO 616,114
Nashville-Davidson, TN 615,949
Seattle, WA 611,068
El Paso, TX 610,387
Washington, DC 606,325
Milwaukee, WI 601,269
Louisville, KY 586,195
Portland, OR 584,959
Las Vegas, NV 577,932
Oklahoma City, OK 574,432
Tucson, AZ 538,170
Albuquerque, NM 516,611
Atlanta, GA 500,217
Kansas City, MO 489,512
Fresno, CA 473,263
Long Beach, CA 465,690
Sacramento, CA 462,364
Mesa, AZ 460,317
Virginia Beach, VA 433,356
Omaha, NE 420,762
Cleveland, OH 412,852
Oakland, CA 411,742
Miami, FL 407,551
Colorado Springs, CO 406,307
Tulsa, OK 399,726
Raleigh, NC 394,789
Arlington, TX 388,766
New Orleans, LA 388,109
Minneapolis, MN 375,812
Wichita, KS 372,395
Honolulu, HI 366,090
St. Louis, MO 357,033
Anaheim, CA 339,179
Santa Ana, CA 338,896
Tampa, FL 335,090
Cincinnati, OH 321,884
Bakersfield, CA 312,494
Pittsburgh, PA 310,138
Aurora, CO 308,594
Toledo, OH 304,715
Lexington-Fayette, KY 301,166
From the September 2011 issue
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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 2011)
1. Louisville, CO $383,569
2. Milton, MA $577,008
3. Solon, OH $291,162
4. Leesburg, VA $486,018
5. Papillion, NE $218,520
6. Hanover, NH $643,500
7. Liberty, MO $177,678
8. Middleton, WI $347,770
9. Mukilteo, WA $345,487
10. Chanhassen, MN $418,607

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Region
Northeast South
Midwest West
Ranking
Top 100 winners only
Population
8.4M
8,500
Home Prices
2010 median sales prices
$2.3M
$42K
Using statistics from data services company Onboard Informatics, we crunched the numbers in order to zero in on America's best small towns for families. (Last year, we looked at small cities, with populations between 50,000 and 300,000.) More

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