Money's list of America's best small towns


Top-earning towns
Here are cities from the Best Places database with some of the highest median family incomes.
Rank City 2010 median family income
1 Great Falls, VA $367,660
2 Hillsborough, CA $319,240
3 Scarsdale, NY $250,124
4 Weston, MA $248,871
5 Los Altos Hills, CA $243,406
6 Glencoe, IL $237,874
7 Winnetka, IL $236,222
8 New Canaan, CT $231,957
9 Darien, CT $227,195
10 Chappaqua, NY $219,258
11 Paradise Valley, AZ $195,637
12 West University Place, TX $194,232
13 Potomac, MD $191,677
14 Town and Country, MO $185,555
15 Franklin Lakes, NJ $182,004
16 Warren, NJ $180,363
17 Wellesley, MA $177,132
18 Greenwood Village, CO $160,962
19 Palm Beach, FL $155,610
20 Radnor Township, PA $152,493
21 Bloomfield Township, MI $150,723
22 Mountain Brook, AL $149,516
23 Mercer Island, WA $146,570
24 Bellaire, TX $143,807
25 Tysons Corner, VA $143,749
From the September 2011 issue
Source: Census data, Onboard Informatics projection/aggregation
Only two places per state could qualify.
Best Places Winners
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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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