Money's list of America's best small cities


Most singles
Here are the towns with the highest percentage of singles, with an over-30 scene.
Rank City % population single
1 Hoboken, NJ 57.7%
2 Cambridge, MA 52.4%
3 Somerville, MA 51.4%
4 Berkeley, CA 51.2%
5 Boston, MA 50.3%
6 Burlington, VT 50.0%
7 Washington, DC 48.5%
8 Boulder, CO 48.2%
9 North Druid Hills, GA 47.6%
10 Hermosa Beach, CA 47.2%
11 Minneapolis, MN 46.3%
12 Hempstead, NY 45.8%
13 Atlanta, GA 45.7%
14 Syracuse, NY 45.6%
15 Albany, NY 45.4%
16 Hartford, CT 45.3%
17 Santa Cruz, CA 45.3%
18 New Haven, CT 44.9%
19 San Francisco, CA 44.7%
20 Newark, NJ 44.1%
21 East Orange, NJ 44.0%
22 St. Andrews, SC 44.0%
23 Marquette, MI 44.0%
24 Tempe, AZ 43.8%
25 Madison, WI 43.7%
From the August 2008 issue
Source: Census, OnBoard projections/aggregations
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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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