Money's list of America's best small cities


States
Top 100
Rank City Population
73 Florissant 52,200
39 O'Fallon 80,400
76 St. Peters 55,500
Other cities
  Blue Springs 55,698
  Columbia 111,470
  Independence 115,738
  Joplin 50,401
  Kansas City 458,064
  Lee's Summit 90,020
  Springfield 162,491
  St. Charles 67,223
  St. Joseph 77,142
  St. Louis 354,361
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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