Money's list of America's best small cities


States
Top 100
Rank City Population
1 Carmel 80,100
12 Fishers 78,600
Other cities
  Anderson 57,282
  Bloomington 83,124
  Elkhart 52,653
  Evansville 118,918
  Fort Wayne 258,304
  Gary 95,920
  Greenwood 50,629
  Hammond 81,192
  Indianapolis 831,943
  Lafayette 68,909
  Lawrence 119,173
  Muncie 70,743
  Noblesville 52,576
  South Bend 103,807
  Terre Haute 61,638
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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