Money's list of America's best small cities


Top 100
Rank City Population
1 Plymouth, MN 70,100
2 Fort Collins, CO 129,400
3 Naperville, IL 142,900
4 Irvine, CA 193,900
5 Franklin Township, NJ 59,100
6 Norman, OK 102,800
7 Round Rock, TX 92,300
8 Columbia/Ellicott City, MD 158,800
9 Overland Park, KS 166,700
10 Fishers, IN 61,800
11 Olathe, KS 114,600
12 Highlands Ranch, CO 102,600
13 Parsippany/Troy Hills, NJ 52,900
14 McKinney, TX 107,500
15 Carrollton, TX 121,600
16 Cary, NC 112,400
17 Eagan, MN 63,700
18 Richardson, TX 99,800
19 Hunter Mill, VA 124,100
20 Allen, TX 73,200
21 Abington, PA 57,400
22 Troy, MI 81,100
23 Piscataway, NJ 53,900
24 Apple Valley, MN 50,100
25 Sully, VA 158,500
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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