Money's list of America's best small cities


States
Top 100
Rank City Population
40 Bellevue 124,300
5 Redmond 55,200
Other cities
  Auburn 67,973
  Bellingham 82,474
  Everett 98,212
  Federal Way 90,765
  Kennewick 77,690
  Kent 92,810
  Lakewood 57,334
  Marysville 60,854
  Pasco 58,927
  Renton 91,764
  Seattle 624,070
  Shoreline 53,758
  South Hill 51,970
  Spokane 211,904
  Spokane Valley 90,686
  Tacoma 200,976
  Vancouver 163,186
  Yakima 92,998
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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