Money's list of America's best small cities


States
Top 100
Rank City Population
30 Chandler 240,500
28 Gilbert 191,500
55 Peoria 142,000
47 Scottsdale 231,100
Other cities
Rank City Population
  Avondale 75,400
  Buckeye 29,600
  Casas Adobes 63,100
  Catalina Foothills 59,900
  Drexel Heights 27,300
  Flagstaff 58,200
  Fountain Hills 24,600
  Glendale 246,500
  Goodyear 47,300
  Green Valley 19,800
  Kingman 27,200
  Lake Havasu City 56,300
  Marana 29,900
  Mesa 447,500
  New River 28,700
  Oro Valley 39,300
  Phoenix 1,512,900
  Prescott 41,500
  Queen Creek 20,800
  Sierra Vista 42,700
  Sun City West 30,600
  Surprise 85,900
  Tempe 169,700
  Tucson 518,900
  Yuma 87,400
From the August 2008 issue
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Top 3

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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