Money's list of America's best small cities


Top 100
Rank City Population
51 Sandy, UT 96,700
52 Franklin, TN 62,600
53 Hamden, CT 61,300
54 Naperville, IL 152,600
55 Cary, NC 145,900
56 Orem, UT 93,300
57 Olathe, KS 127,400
58 Ramapo, NY 130,000
59 Rio Rancho, NM 93,100
60 Boulder, CO 97,700
61 Bolingbrook, IL 71,800
62 Weston, FL 65,300
63 St. George, UT 74,800
64 Fairfield, CT 59,600
65 Rogers, AR 56,700
66 Henderson, NV 263,300
67 Riverview, FL 73,500
68 Broken Arrow, OK 92,900
69 Meridian, ID 79,100
70 Fort Collins, CO 147,000
71 Edmond, OK 83,300
72 West Hartford, CT 63,600
73 Florissant, MO 52,200
74 Bismarck, ND 62,400
75 Hamilton, NJ 88,200
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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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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