Money's list of America's best small towns


States
Top 100
Rank City Population
83 Clayton 10,539
64 La Palma 15,667
57 Walnut 32,410
Other cities
  Agoura Hills 23,035
  Alamo 15,969
  Albany 16,935
  Alpine 13,618
  Anaheim 339,179
  Antioch 105,044
  Aptos 9,270
  Arroyo Grande 17,530
  Atascadero 28,260
  Auburn 12,505
  Bakersfield 312,494
  Baywood-Los Osos 14,343
  Belmont 25,393
  Benicia 26,171
  Berkeley 104,927
  Beverly Hills 33,974
  Blackhawk-Camino Tassajara 9,934
  Bonita 13,072
  Brea 37,796
  Burbank 102,447
  Burlingame 28,011
  Calabasas 23,240
  Calimesa 12,062
  Cameron Park 16,035
  Campbell 39,372
  Capitola 9,745
  Carmichael 50,472
  Carpinteria 13,701
  Casa de Oro-Mount Helix 19,642
  Chula Vista 232,242
  Claremont 34,488
  Concord 124,614
  Corona 153,562
  Coronado 24,512
  Corte Madera 9,122
  Costa Mesa 110,530
  Coto de Caza 15,844
  Covina 48,127
  Culver City 41,712
  Cypress 47,105
  Daly City 104,486
  Dana Point 36,443
  Discovery Bay 13,497
  Downey 107,887
  Dublin 36,717
  East Los Angeles 125,836
  El Cerrito 23,589
  El Dorado Hills 29,410
  El Monte 118,825
  El Paso de Robles (Paso Robles) 29,042
  Elk Grove 141,171
  Escondido 139,135
  Fairfield 102,752
  Fairview 10,274
  Fontana 187,777
  Foster City 29,333
  Fremont 209,812
  Fresno 473,263
  Fullerton 130,512
  Garden Grove 169,058
  Gilroy 48,577
  Glendale 195,601
  Goleta 27,987
  Grand Terrace 12,441
  Half Moon Bay 12,061
  Hanford 49,496
  Hayward 147,529
  Healdsburg 11,532
  Hercules 24,039
  Hermosa Beach 19,082
  Hillsborough 10,540
  Huntington Beach 193,252
  Inglewood 115,058
  Irvine 197,973
  La Cañada Flintridge 20,062
  La Mirada 47,131
  La Riviera 10,208
  La Verne 32,423
  Lafayette 23,786
  Laguna Beach 26,462
  Laguna Hills 33,769
  Laguna Woods 17,033
  Lancaster 141,973
  Larkspur 11,864
  Las Flores 10,269
  Lincoln 20,283
  Live Oak 16,404
  Loma Linda 22,801
  Long Beach 465,690
  Los Alamitos 11,979
  Los Altos 28,790
  Los Altos Hills 8,647
  Los Angeles 3,830,164
  Los Gatos 29,841
  Manhattan Beach 34,607
  Marina del Rey 9,641
  Martinez 36,311
  Menlo Park 31,956
  Mill Valley 13,586
  Millbrae 22,084
  Modesto 196,599
  Monrovia 37,768
  Montecito 10,047
  Monterey 28,950
  Moorpark 35,775
  Moreno Valley 191,702
  Morgan Hill 37,793
  Newark 43,805
  Norco 27,153
  Norwalk 106,660
  Oakland 411,742
  Oceanside 179,777
  Ontario 171,343
  Orange 138,499
  Orangevale 27,154
  Orcutt 29,312
  Orinda 17,801
  Oxnard 191,615
  Pacific Grove 14,871
  Pacifica 39,383
  Palmdale 147,622
  Palos Verdes Estates 13,397
  Pasadena 140,088
  Piedmont 10,901
  Pinole 20,281
  Pismo Beach 8,692
  Placerville 9,859
  Pleasant Hill 33,343
  Pomona 155,674
  Prunedale 16,454
  Rancho Cucamonga 171,803
  Rancho Mirage 16,911
  Rancho Palos Verdes 43,058
  Rancho San Diego 21,336
  Rancho Santa Margarita 52,217
  Richmond 101,450
  Rio del Mar 9,269
  Riverside 299,485
  Rohnert Park 42,577
  Rosemont 23,967
  Roseville 118,242
  Rossmoor 10,693
  Rowland Heights 50,023
  Sacramento 462,364
  Salinas 156,619
  San Anselmo 12,395
  San Bernardino 201,740
  San Bruno 40,298
  San Buenaventura (Ventura) 105,082
  San Carlos 26,776
  San Diego 1,318,904
  San Diego Country Estates 10,135
  San Dimas 35,673
  San Francisco 823,416
  San Jose 980,311
  San Luis Obispo 46,923
  San Marino 13,002
  Santa Ana 338,896
  Santa Clara 114,288
  Santa Clarita 188,501
  Santa Rosa 155,808
  Saratoga 31,302
  Scotts Valley 11,337
  Seal Beach 23,683
  Sierra Madre 10,608
  Simi Valley 120,169
  Sonoma 9,556
  South Pasadena 24,649
  Stockton 280,640
  Sunnyvale 137,466
  Tamalpais-Homestead Valley 10,751
  Temecula 115,492
  Thousand Oaks 123,337
  Tiburon 8,916
  Torrance 143,747
  Truckee 16,185
  Vallejo 114,139
  Victorville 102,634
  Visalia 120,409
  West Carson 21,636
  West Covina 105,518
  Windsor 25,236
  Yucaipa 50,235
From the September 2011 issue
Best Places Winners
Pick a state

1
0
0
0
3
5
5
0
0
2
1
0
0
4
4
5
1
0
0
0
3
5
0
5
2
4
0
2
0
3
5
0
5
0
0
5
0
2
5
0
0
0
0
5
5
0
5
3
0
5
0
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

  • Real estate and homes for sale on Trulia

  • Property Type
  • Find a home in:
  • New York | Atlanta | Chicago | Los Angeles
  • Washington D.C | Houston | Philadelphia | More options
Find Your Best Places
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

Comments? E-mail the editors

onboard
Market indexes are shown in real time, except for the DJIA, which is delayed by two minutes. All times are ET. Disclaimer LIBOR Warning: Neither BBA Enterprises Limited, nor the BBA LIBOR Contributor Banks, nor Reuters, can be held liable for any irregularity or inaccuracy of BBA LIBOR. Disclaimer. Morningstar: © 2014 Morningstar, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Disclaimer The Dow Jones IndexesSM are proprietary to and distributed by Dow Jones & Company, Inc. and have been licensed for use. All content of the Dow Jones IndexesSM © 2014 is proprietary to Dow Jones & Company, Inc. Chicago Mercantile Association. The market data is the property of Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc. and its licensors. All rights reserved. FactSet Research Systems Inc. 2014. All rights reserved. Most stock quote data provided by BATS.