Money's list of America's best small towns


Cities
Rank City Population
  Aberdeen, NJ 18,200
  Aberdeen, SD 24,400
  Abilene, TX 116,200
  Abington, MA 16,500
16 Acton, MA 21,100
  Addison, IL 37,000
  Affton, MO 19,700
  Agoura Hills, CA 22,400
  Akron, OH 207,900
85 Alabaster, AL 28,700
  Albany, CA 16,000
  Albany, NY 94,200
  Albany, OR 47,200
  Albuquerque, NM 518,300
  Alcoa, TN 8,500
  Alderwood Manor, WA 17,800
  Alexander City, AL 15,000
  Alexandria, VA 140,000
  Algonquin, IL 30,300
  Aliso Viejo, CA 41,400
  Allen Park, MI 26,800
  Allentown, PA 107,100
  Allouez, WI 14,900
  Alpharetta, GA 49,700
  Alpine, CA 13,000
  Alsip, IL 18,800
  Altamonte Springs, FL 40,300
  Altoona, IA 13,900
  Altus, OK 19,300
  Amarillo, TX 186,100
  Amesbury, MA 12,700
  Amherst, NY 116,100
  Amityville, NY 9,300
  Anacortes, WA 16,700
  Anaheim, CA 333,200
  Anchorage, AK 279,700
  Anderson Mill, TX 9,600
  Andover, KS 9,900
  Andover, MN 30,300
62 Ankeny, IA 40,600
  Ann Arbor, MI 115,100
  Anoka, MN 17,300
  Antioch, CA 99,600
  Antioch, IL 13,700
44 Apex, NC 31,600
  Aptos, CA 9,000
  Aquia Harbour, VA 10,300
  Archdale, NC 9,300
  Arden Hills, MN 9,900
  Arden-Arcade, CA 94,900
  Ardmore, PA 12,400
  Arlington, MA 41,100
  Arlington, NY 12,700
  Arlington, TX 371,000
  Arlington, VA 204,600
  Arlington, WA 16,600
  Arnold, MD 23,300
  Arroyo Grande, CA 16,900
  Artondale, WA 9,300
  Arvada, CO 106,300
  Ashland, MA 15,800
  Ashland, OR 21,300
  Ashwaubenon, WI 17,300
  Atascadero, CA 28,000
  Athens, AL 22,900
  Athens, GA 112,800
  Atlanta, GA 519,100
  Atlantic Beach, FL 13,300
  Attleboro, MA 43,100
  Auburn, CA 13,000
  Auburn, ME 23,200
  Auburn Hills, MI 20,900
  Augusta, GA 192,100
  Augusta, ME 18,400
  Aurora, CO 311,800
  Aurora, IL 170,900
  Aurora, OH 14,500
  Austin, TX 743,100
  Austintown, OH 30,600
  Avenel, NJ 17,900
  Aventura, FL 29,500
  Avon, CT 17,600
  Avon, IN 11,400
From the August 2009 issue
CNNMoney's Best Places database of 1,800-plus U.S. cities includes towns with populations 8,500 to 50,000 with satisfactory education and crime scores, where income is below 200% of the state median, and that are no more than 95% white as well as cities with populations 90,000 and up.
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