Money's list of America's best small towns


Cities
Rank City Population
  Aberdeen, NJ 18,377
  Aberdeen, SD 24,861
  Abilene, TX 114,844
  Abington, MA 16,886
16 Acton, MA 22,006
  Addison, IL 35,829
  Affton, MO 19,936
  Agoura Hills, CA 23,035
  Akron, OH 203,147
  Alabaster, AL 31,311
  Alamo, CA 15,969
  Albany, CA 16,935
  Albuquerque, NM 516,611
  Alcoa, TN 8,871
  Alderwood Manor, WA 17,297
  Alexander City, AL 14,781
  Alexandria, VA 154,886
  Algonquin, IL 32,077
  Allen Park, MI 27,782
  Allentown, PA 108,919
  Allouez, WI 14,973
  Aloha, OR 50,375
  Alpine, CA 13,618
  Altamonte Springs, FL 42,257
  Altoona, IA 14,999
  Amarillo, TX 188,756
  American Fork, UT 31,725
  Amesbury, MA 12,628
  Amherst, NY 116,554
  Amityville, NY 9,841
  Anacortes, WA 16,837
  Anaheim, CA 339,179
  Anchorage, AK 289,990
  Andover, KS 9,520
  Andover, MN 31,709
86 Ankeny, IA 38,606
  Ann Arbor, MI 113,169
  Anoka, MN 17,292
  Antioch, CA 105,044
  Apex, NC 33,512
  Aptos, CA 9,270
  Aquia Harbour, VA 9,854
  Archdale, NC 9,818
14 Arden Hills, MN 9,624
45 Ardmore, PA 12,914
  Arlington, MA 42,194
  Arlington, NY 13,156
  Arlington, TX 388,766
  Arlington, VA 224,274
  Arlington, WA 16,237
  Arnold, MD 23,554
  Arroyo Grande, CA 17,530
  Artondale, WA 9,552
  Arvada, CO 103,385
  Ashland, MA 16,249
  Ashland, KY 20,240
  Ashland, OR 20,795
  Ashwaubenon, WI 18,030
  Atascadero, CA 28,260
  Athens, AL 20,941
  Athens, GA 116,516
  Atlanta, GA 500,217
  Atlantic Beach, FL 13,037
  Attleboro, MA 42,427
  Auburn, CA 12,505
  Auburn, ME 23,512
  Auburn Hills, MI 21,757
  Audubon, PA 9,404
  Augusta, GA 196,314
  Aurora, CO 308,594
  Aurora, IL 176,056
  Aurora, OH 15,070
  Austin, TX 796,162
  Austintown, OH 29,626
  Avenel, NJ 18,027
  Avon, CT 17,767
  Avon, IN 15,697
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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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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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