Money's list of America's best small cities


Cities
Rank City Population
  Aberdeen, SD 24,000
  Abilene, TX 114,700
21 Abington, PA 57,400
  Acton, MA 19,800
  Addison, IL 37,000
  Affton, MO 19,900
  Agawam, MA 28,500
  Agoura Hills, CA 22,600
  Aiken, SC 28,800
  Akron, OH 209,700
  Alabaster, AL 28,200
  Alameda, CA 70,600
  Alamogordo, NM 36,000
  Albany, GA 75,300
  Albany, NY 93,900
  Albany, OR 46,200
  Albuquerque, NM 504,900
  Alexandria, VA 136,900
  Algonquin, IL 29,800
  Alhambra, CA 87,500
  Aliso Viejo, CA 41,400
20 Allen, TX 73,200
  Allen Park, MI 27,600
  Allentown, PA 107,200
  Aloha, OR 49,900
  Alpharetta, GA 43,400
  Altadena, CA 44,600
  Altamonte Springs, FL 40,600
  Altus, OK 19,500
  Alvin, TX 22,400
  Amarillo, TX 185,500
  American Fork, UT 25,500
53 Ames, IA 51,500
  Amherst, MA 36,200
  Amherst, NY 114,400
  Anaheim, CA 334,400
  Anchorage, AK 278,700
  Anderson, IN 57,400
  Anderson, SC 26,200
  Andover, MN 30,200
  Ankeny, IA 38,700
27 Ann Arbor, MI 113,200
  Annandale, VA 55,500
  Annapolis, MD 36,400
  Anniston, AL 23,700
  Antioch, CA 100,500
  Apex, NC 30,200
  Apopka, FL 35,500
  Apple Valley, CA 68,800
24 Apple Valley, MN 50,100
  Appleton, WI 70,100
  Arbutus, MD 20,600
  Arcadia, CA 56,400
  Arden-Arcade, CA 99,200
  Ardmore, OK 24,500
  Arlington, MA 41,200
  Arlington, TX 367,100
  Arlington, VA 199,700
  Arlington Heights, IL 74,100
  Arnold, MD 24,100
  Arnold, MO 20,700
  Arvada, CO 104,800
  Asheboro, NC 24,100
  Asheville, NC 72,700
  Ashland, KY 21,500
  Ashland, OH 21,800
  Ashland, OR 20,800
  Aspen Hill, MD 53,600
  Atascadero, CA 27,300
  Atascocita, TX 48,500
  Athens, AL 21,800
  Athens-Clarke County, GA 111,500
  Atlanta, GA 486,400
  Attleboro, MA 43,200
  Auburn, AL 51,900
  Auburn, ME 23,100
  Auburn, WA 48,800
  Auburn Hills, MI 20,900
  Augusta-Richmond County, GA 189,300
  Aurora, CO 303,500
74 Aurora, IL 170,600
  Austin, TX 709,800
  Austintown, OH 30,500
  Aventura, FL 30,000
  Avon Lake, OH 22,100
  Avondale, AZ 75,400
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City Median income
New Canaan, CT $231,138
Darien, CT $218,130
Lake Forest, IL $212,122
City % single
Hoboken, NJ 57.7%
Cambridge, MA 52.4%
Somerville, MA 51.4%
City Median home price
Nicholasville, KY $70,000
Watauga, TX $117,040
Redan, GA $115,000
Using statistics from data provider Onboard Informatics and consultant Bert Sperling of BestPlaces.net, 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 7,500 and 50,000.) More
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