Money's list of America's best small cities


States
Top 100
Rank City Population
96 Coral Springs 125,800
67 Riverview 73,500
62 Weston 65,300
Other cities
  Boca Raton 85,885
  Boynton Beach 70,095
  Bradenton 53,513
  Brandon 103,108
  Cape Coral 157,927
  Clearwater 108,116
  Coconut Creek 53,049
  Davie 90,810
  Daytona Beach 64,211
  Deerfield Beach 74,869
  Delray Beach 64,092
  Deltona 84,408
  Fort Lauderdale 183,126
  Fort Myers 65,394
  Gainesville 127,750
  Hialeah 226,920
  Hollywood 141,740
  Homestead 57,936
  Jacksonville 829,555
  Jupiter 56,733
  Kendale Lakes 55,943
  Kissimmee 62,291
  Lakeland 98,039
  Largo 78,044
  Lauderhill 67,073
  Lehigh Acres 88,591
  Margate 54,108
  Melbourne 77,351
  Miami 413,201
  Miami Beach 89,243
  Miami Gardens 105,664
  Miramar 116,179
  North Miami 59,144
  North Port 57,549
  Ocala 56,989
  Orlando 243,915
  Palm Bay 103,160
  Palm Coast 72,316
  Palm Harbor 57,455
  Pembroke Pines 157,314
  Pensacola 53,820
  Plantation 84,449
  Pompano Beach 101,943
  Port Charlotte 54,346
  Port Orange 54,616
  Port St. Lucie 169,245
  Sanford 54,057
  Sarasota 53,151
  Spring Hill 100,490
  St. Petersburg 245,314
  Sunrise 89,026
  Tallahassee 182,880
  Tamarac 59,960
  Tamiami 55,238
  Tampa 340,882
  The Hammocks 50,403
  Town 'n' Country 77,357
  West Palm Beach 98,875
From the September 2012 issue
Due to erroneous job, cost-of-living, and test score data for a small number of places, two cities were left off this year's top 100 and two were mistakenly included. Other cities moved up or down slightly once all data were corrected. Details.
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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 2012)
1. Carmel, IN $304,340
2. McKinney, TX $245,917
3. Eden Prairie, MN $413,566
4. Newton, MA $850,117
5. Redmond, WA $518,982
6. Irvine, CA $904,753
7. Reston, VA $467,934
8. Columbia/Ellicott City, MD $406,943
9. Overland Park, KS $278,204
10. Chapel Hill, NC $376,660

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Using statistics from data services company Onboard Informatics, we crunched the numbers in order to zero in on America's best small cities for families. (Last year, we looked at small towns, with populations between 8,500 and 50,000.) More

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