Money's list of America's best small cities


States
Top 100
Rank City Population
91 Fountain Valley 55,800
4 Irvine 193,900
90 Roseville 107,100
94 Sunnyvale 130,500
Other cities
Rank City Population
  Agoura Hills 22,600
  Alameda 70,600
  Alhambra 87,500
  Aliso Viejo 41,400
  Altadena 44,600
  Anaheim 334,400
  Antioch 100,500
  Apple Valley 68,800
  Arcadia 56,400
  Arden-Arcade 99,200
  Atascadero 27,300
  Bakersfield 308,300
  Baldwin Park 78,500
  Bay Point 23,700
  Bellflower 74,300
  Belmont 24,600
  Benicia 26,500
  Berkeley 101,500
  Beverly Hills 34,900
  Brea 38,500
  Brentwood 47,500
  Buena Park 79,600
  Burbank 104,300
  Burlingame 27,500
  Calabasas 22,400
  Camarillo 62,400
  Campbell 37,500
  Carlsbad 92,900
  Carmichael 51,700
  Carson 93,800
  Castro Valley 56,600
  Cathedral City 52,400
  Cerritos 52,300
  Chico 73,300
  Chino 79,200
  Chino Hills 75,200
  Chula Vista 212,700
  Citrus Heights 84,500
  Claremont 35,100
  Clovis 89,300
  Colton 51,400
  Compton 95,700
  Concord 122,200
  Corona 150,200
  Coronado 26,500
  Costa Mesa 109,800
  Covina 47,800
  Culver City 39,400
  Cupertino 52,900
  Cypress 47,600
  Daly City 101,000
  Dana Point 35,900
  Danville 41,500
  Davis 60,900
  Diamond Bar 57,700
  Downey 109,300
  Duarte 22,100
  Dublin 41,800
  East Los Angeles 130,300
  East Palo Alto 32,700
  El Cajon 91,700
  El Cerrito 22,600
  El Dorado Hills 23,400
  El Monte 123,100
  Elk Grove 129,100
  Encinitas 59,200
  Escondido 133,500
  Fair Oaks 30,300
  Fairfield 104,800
  Fallbrook 30,200
  Florence-Graham 63,700
  Folsom 66,100
  Fontana 170,000
  Foster City 28,900
  Fremont 201,600
  Fresno 466,700
  Fullerton 132,900
  Galt 23,300
  Garden Grove 166,200
  Gardena 59,700
  Gilroy 48,300
  Glendale 199,400
  Glendora 50,300
  Goleta 29,100
  Granite Bay 23,700
  Hacienda Heights 55,000
  Hawthorne 85,400
  Hayward 140,600
  Hemet 70,100
  Hercules 24,700
  Hermosa Beach 19,500
  Hesperia 83,300
  Highland 51,500
  Hollister 35,600
  Huntington Beach 194,400
  Huntington Park 62,100
  Indio 76,800
  Inglewood 114,900
  La Canada Flintridge 20,900
  La Habra 59,200
  La Mesa 53,000
  La Mirada 49,700
  La Presa 34,600
  La Quinta 41,300
  La Verne 33,300
  Lafayette 24,800
  Laguna 45,800
  Laguna Beach 24,100
  Laguna Hills 32,100
  Laguna Niguel 64,700
  Laguna West-Lakeside 29,900
  Lake Elsinore 45,000
  Lake Forest 76,300
  Lakeside 20,600
  Lakewood 80,000
  Lancaster 140,800
  Lemon Grove 23,800
  Lincoln 39,500
  Livermore 79,400
  Lodi 62,400
  Lomita 20,400
  Long Beach 472,400
  Los Altos 27,400
  Los Angeles 3,849,300
  Los Banos 34,700
  Los Gatos 28,300
  Lynwood 71,000
  Madera 54,900
  Manhattan Beach 36,600
  Manteca 63,700
  Martinez 35,500
  Menlo Park 29,900
  Merced 76,300
  Millbrae 20,400
  Milpitas 64,200
  Mira Loma 21,700
  Mission Viejo 94,800
  Modesto 205,700
  Monrovia 38,000
  Montebello 62,900
  Monterey 28,800
  Monterey Park 62,100
  Moorpark 35,600
  Moreno Valley 183,500
  Morgan Hill 35,900
  Mountain View 70,000
  Murrieta 90,400
  Napa 74,900
  National City 60,900
  Newark 41,800
  Newport Beach 80,000
  Norco 27,000
  Norwalk 105,200
  Novato 51,500
  Oakland 397,000
  Oakley 28,800
  Oceanside 165,800
  Ontario 173,300
  Orange 135,000
  Orangevale 27,800
  Orcutt 29,200
  Oxnard 184,400
  Pacifica 37,300
  Palm Desert 47,000
  Palm Springs 47,800
  Palmdale 138,700
  Palo Alto 57,800
  Paramount 56,300
  Pasadena 144,100
  Petaluma 54,600
  Pico Rivera 64,300
  Pittsburg 63,000
  Placentia 49,900
  Pleasant Hill 33,100
  Pleasanton 66,300
  Pomona 154,200
  Poway 48,100
  Rancho Cordova 59,900
  Rancho Cucamonga 170,700
  Rancho Palos Verdes 41,700
  Rancho San Diego 20,500
  Rancho Santa Margarita 50,600
  Redding 90,000
  Redlands 70,300
  Redondo Beach 67,300
  Redwood City 73,600
  Richmond 102,100
  Ridgecrest 26,100
  Riverbank 20,300
  Riverside 293,700
  Rocklin 50,100
  Rohnert Park 41,000
  Rosemead 54,900
  Rosemont 24,300
  Rowland Heights 50,500
  Sacramento 453,700
  Salinas 145,000
  San Bernardino 198,900
  San Bruno 39,900
  San Buenaventura (Ventura) 104,000
  San Carlos 27,000
  San Clemente 61,000
  San Diego 1,256,900
  San Dimas 35,700
  San Francisco 744,000
  San Jose 929,900
  San Juan Capistrano 34,800
  San Leandro 78,000
  San Lorenzo 21,200
  San Luis Obispo 42,900
  San Marcos 76,500
  San Mateo 91,600
  San Rafael 56,000
  San Ramon 49,500
  Santa Ana 340,000
  Santa Barbara 85,600
  Santa Clara 108,500
  Santa Clarita 168,000
  Santa Cruz 54,700
  Santa Maria 84,700
  Santa Monica 88,000
  Santa Paula 28,500
  Santa Rosa 154,200
  Santee 52,500
  Saratoga 30,000
  Seal Beach 24,300
  Simi Valley 121,200
  South Pasadena 24,800
  South San Francisco 61,300
  South San Jose Hills 21,200
  South Whittier 57,800
  Spring Valley 29,000
  Stockton 290,100
  Suisun City 26,900
  Temecula 89,300
  Temple City 37,800
  Thousand Oaks 124,200
  Torrance 142,300
  Tracy 80,300
  Turlock 68,400
  Tustin 69,600
  Tustin Foothills 24,900
  Union City 69,400
  Upland 73,300
  Vacaville 92,600
  Valinda 22,500
  Vallejo 116,800
  Victorville 98,600
  Visalia 113,400
  Vista 89,800
  Walnut 31,200
  Walnut Creek 63,700
  West Carson 22,300
  West Covina 107,700
  West Puente Valley 23,500
  West Whittier-Los Nietos 26,100
  Westminster 89,500
  Whittier 84,000
  Windsor 25,200
  Winter Gardens 19,900
  Woodland 51,100
  Yorba Linda 65,300
  Yuba City 60,300
  Yucaipa 50,200
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City % single
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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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