Money's list of America's best small cities


States
Top 100
Rank City Population
71 Clarkstown 82,600
59 Clay 58,800
80 Greenburgh 89,000
46 North Hempstead 222,600
Other cities
Rank City Population
  Albany 93,900
  Amherst 114,400
  Baldwin 22,900
  Bay Shore 25,000
  Brentwood 55,400
  Brighton 34,500
  Buffalo 276,000
  Centereach 28,800
  Central Islip 33,100
  Cheektowaga 76,300
  Commack 37,500
  Copiague 22,200
  Coram 38,100
  Deer Park 29,300
  Dix Hills 26,300
  East Meadow 37,600
  East Northport 21,800
  East Patchogue 21,100
  Elmont 34,100
  Franklin Square 29,000
  Freeport 43,100
  Garden City 21,800
  Glen Cove 26,400
  Harrison 26,300
  Hauppauge 21,700
  Hempstead 52,500
  Hicksville 40,700
  Holbrook 29,500
  Huntington Station 30,500
  Irondequoit 51,000
  Islip 22,000
  Lake Ronkonkoma 21,000
  Levittown 52,000
  Lindenhurst 27,900
  Lockport 21,000
  Long Beach 35,100
  Lynbrook 19,400
  Massapequa 22,300
  Medford 23,100
  Merrick 22,400
  Middletown 26,000
  Mount Vernon 68,300
  New City 34,000
  New Rochelle 73,400
  New York 8,214,400
  Niagara Falls 52,300
  North Bellmore 19,900
  North Tonawanda 31,700
  Oceanside 32,000
  Ossining 23,500
  Peekskill 24,600
  Plainview 25,600
  Port Chester 28,000
  Ramapo 115,000
  Rochester 208,100
  Rockville Centre 24,000
  Ronkonkoma 20,400
  Rotterdam 20,400
  Saratoga Springs 28,400
  Schenectady 61,500
  Selden 22,700
  Shirley 27,300
  Smithtown 27,700
  Spring Valley 25,400
  Syracuse 140,600
  Tonawanda 58,700
  Union 54,300
  Uniondale 23,000
  Utica 59,000
  Valley Stream 35,400
  West Babylon 44,600
  West Islip 29,600
  West Seneca 43,900
  White Plains 57,000
  Yonkers 197,800
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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