Money's list of America's best small cities


Skinniest
Residents of these counties from the Best Places database have the lowest average body mass index.
Rank County Towns include Body mass index
1 Marin County, CA Novato, San Rafael 24.48
2 San Francisco County, CA San Francisco 24.86
3 Williamson County, TN Brentwood, Franklin 24.90
3 Maury County, TN Spring Hill 24.90
5 Boulder County, CO Boulder, Lafayette, Longmont 24.94
6 Douglas County, CO Castle Rock, Highlands Ranch, Parker 25.34
7 Alexandria city, VA Alexandria 25.41
8 San Mateo County, CA Belmont, Burlingame, Daly City, East Palo Alto, Foster City, Menlo Park, Millbrae, Pacifica, Redwood City, San Bruno, San Carlos, San Mateo, South San Francisco 25.42
9 Fayette County, GA Peachtree City 25.43
10 Santa Fe County, NM Santa Fe 25.50
11 Indian River County, FL Sebastian, Vero Beach South 25.51
12 Yavapai County, AZ Prescott 25.75
13 Adams County, CO Broomfield 25.77
13 Sarasota County, FL North Port, Sarasota, Venice 25.77
13 Arlington County, VA Arlington 25.77
16 Santa Clara County, CA Campbell, Cupertino, Gilroy, Los Altos, Los Gatos, Milpitas, Morgan Hill, Mountain View, Palo Alto, San Jose, Santa Clara, Saratoga, Sunnyvale 25.79
16 Brevard County, FL Melbourne, Merritt Island, Palm Bay, Rockledge, Titusville 25.79
18 Montgomery County, MD Aspen Hill, Bethesda, Calverton, Colesville, Fairland, Gaithersburg, Germantown, Montgomery Village, North Bethesda, North Potomac, Olney, Potomac, Rockville, Silver Spring, Wheaton-Glenmont, White Oak 25.80
19 Deschutes County, OR Bend, Redmond 25.87
20 Seminole County, FL Altamonte Springs, Casselberry, Oviedo, Sanford, Wekiwa Springs, Winter Springs 25.91
21 St. Johns County, FL Fruit Cove, Palm Valley, Ponte Vedra 25.93
21 Gallatin County, MT Bozeman 25.93
23 Cumberland County, ME Portland, South Portland 25.94
24 Barnstable County, MA Barnstable Town, Sandwich 25.95
25 Missoula County, MT Missoula 25.97
25 Fairfax County, VA Annandale, Bailey's Crossroads, Burke, Centreville, Chantilly, Dranesville, Franconia, Groveton, Herndon, Hunter Mill, Jefferson, Lorton, McLean, Mount Vernon, Newington, Oakton, Reston, Springfield, Sully, West Springfield 25.97
From the August 2008 issue
County data. Source: Consultant Bert Sperling of BestPlaces.net
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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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