Money's list of America's best small cities


States
Top 100
Rank City Population
50 Amherst 122,900
35 Clarkstown 85,800
58 Ramapo 130,000
43 White Plains 57,500
Other cities
  Albany 99,313
  Brentwood 60,261
  Buffalo 270,919
  Cheektowaga 73,988
  Clay 58,654
  Hempstead 53,963
  Irondequoit 51,464
  Levittown 51,243
  Mount Vernon 68,653
  New Rochelle 77,269
  New York 8,363,710
  Niagara Falls 51,345
  North Hempstead 225,364
  Rochester 213,178
  Schenectady 66,742
  Syracuse 147,714
  Tonawanda 58,051
  Troy 50,872
  Union 56,967
  Utica 61,906
  Yonkers 201,588
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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