Money's list of America's best small towns


Pricey homes
Here are towns from the Best Places database with the highest median home price.
Rank City Median home sale price 2010
1 Hillsborough, CA $ 2,277,500
2 Los Altos Hills, CA $ 2,273,250
3 Montecito, CA $ 1,864,000
4 Beverly Hills, CA $ 1,595,000
5 San Marino, CA $ 1,560,000
6 Tiburon, CA $ 1,425,000
7 Los Altos, CA $ 1,422,500
8 Manhattan Beach, CA $ 1,360,000
9 Saratoga, CA $ 1,349,000
10 Palos Verdes Estates, CA $ 1,339,927
11 Darien, CT $ 1,253,800
12 Rye, NY $ 1,210,000
13 Scarsdale, NY $ 1,200,000
14 Paradise Valley, AZ $ 1,185,000
15 Piedmont, CA $ 1,180,500
16 Coronado, CA $ 1,100,000
17 Great Falls, VA $ 1,090,000
18 Laguna Beach, CA $ 1,085,000
19 Alamo, CA $ 1,060,800
20 La Cańada Flintridge, CA $ 1,033,000
21 Winnetka, IL $ 990,000
22 Menlo Park, CA $ 970,000
23 Burlingame, CA $ 957,500
24 Westport, CT $ 949,950
25 Hermosa Beach, CA $ 919,784
From the September 2011 issue
Source: Onboard Informatics, Actual sales collected from county and municipal assessors' offices. Only includes sales within town boundaries. Only towns where there were more than 100 home sales in 2010 were considered.
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
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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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