Source: OnBoard, Actual sales collected from county and municipal assessors' offices. Only includes sales within town boundaries. Only towns where there were more than 100 home sales in 2007, and that were experiencing job and population growth, were considered. *Median based on fewer than 50 home sales in the area. Clarification: An earlier version of this page included Clinton, MI, at no. 9. While Clinton does rate highly on home affordability, the top 25 is meant to include only growing cities, and Clinton should have been disqualified for having negative job growth at the county level. As a result, Martinez, GA, was added as no. 25.
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.)