Money's list of America's best small towns


States
Top 100
Rank City Population
87 Clayton 11,200
82 Rancho Santa Margarita 49,600
70 Walnut 30,900
Other cities
Rank City Population
  Agoura Hills 22,400
  Albany 16,000
  Aliso Viejo 41,400
  Alpine 13,000
  Anaheim 333,200
  Antioch 99,600
  Aptos 9,000
  Arden-Arcade 94,900
  Arroyo Grande 16,900
  Atascadero 28,000
  Auburn 13,000
  Bakersfield 315,800
  Baywood-Los Osos 13,700
  Belmont 24,600
  Benicia 26,300
  Berkeley 101,400
  Beverly Hills 34,600
  Bonita 12,300
  Brea 38,400
  Burbank 103,300
  Burlingame 27,600
  Cameron Park 16,700
  Campbell 37,700
  Capitola 9,500
  Carlsbad 95,400
  Carpinteria 13,700
  Carson 92,800
  Casa de Oro-Mount Helix 18,100
  Chula Vista 217,500
  Claremont 35,000
  Clovis 90,800
  Compton 94,400
  Concord 120,800
  Corona 150,300
  Coronado 22,800
  Corte Madera 9,300
  Costa Mesa 109,000
  Covina 47,300
  Culver City 38,900
  Cypress 47,100
  Daly City 100,900
  Dana Point 35,700
  Discovery Bay 13,800
  Downey 108,100
  Dublin 44,000
  East Los Angeles 128,300
  El Cajon 92,500
  El Cerrito 22,200
  El Dorado Hills 30,300
  El Monte 122,300
  El Paso de Robles (Paso Robles) 28,600
  El Segundo 16,300
  Elk Grove 131,200
  Escondido 136,200
  Fairfield 104,000
  Fairview 9,600
  Fontana 183,500
  Foothill Ranch 13,400
  Fremont 201,300
  Fresno 470,500
  Fullerton 132,100
  Garden Grove 165,600
  Glendale 197,000
  Glendora 49,700
  Gold River 9,000
  Goleta 29,500
  Grand Terrace 12,300
  Granite Bay 22,300
  Half Moon Bay 12,300
  Hayward 140,900
  Healdsburg 10,900
  Hercules 24,500
  Hermosa Beach 19,400
  Huntington Beach 192,900
  Inglewood 113,400
  Irvine 201,200
  La Mirada 49,800
  La Palma 15,600
  La Quinta 43,100
  La Riviera 10,300
  La Verne 33,100
  Laguna 45,500
  Laguna Hills 31,900
  Laguna Woods 18,200
  Lancaster 143,600
  Larkspur 11,700
  Live Oak 16,000
  Loma Linda 21,700
  Long Beach 466,500
  Los Alamitos 11,700
  Los Angeles 3,834,300
  Marina del Rey 9,500
  Martinez 35,100
  Millbrae 20,700
  Mission Viejo 94,600
  Modesto 204,000
  Monrovia 37,600
  Monterey 28,500
  Moorpark 36,200
  Moreno Valley 188,900
  Morgan Hill 37,600
  Murrieta 90,600
  Newark 41,700
  Norco 26,900
  North Auburn 13,100
  Norwalk 103,700
  Oakland 401,500
  Oceanside 168,600
  Ontario 170,900
  Orange 134,300
  Orangevale 28,000
  Orcutt 28,500
  Oxnard 184,700
  Pacific Grove 14,700
  Pacifica 37,300
  Palm Springs 47,900
  Palmdale 140,900
  Pasadena 143,400
  Pinole 18,700
  Pismo Beach 8,500
  Placentia 49,700
  Placerville 9,900
  Pleasant Hill 32,700
  Pomona 152,600
  Poway 48,700
  Prunedale 16,600
  Rancho Cucamonga 170,300
  Rancho Mirage 16,700
  Rancho Palos Verdes 41,400
  Rancho San Diego 20,600
  Rialto 98,700
  Richmond 101,500
  Rio del Mar 9,000
  Riverside 294,400
  Rohnert Park 40,500
  Rosemont 24,300
  Roseville 108,800
  Rossmoor 10,300
  Sacramento 460,200
  Salinas 143,500
  San Anselmo 12,000
  San Bernardino 199,300
  San Bruno 40,000
  San Buenaventura (Ventura) 103,200
  San Carlos 27,000
  San Diego 1,266,700
  San Diego Country Estates 9,900
  San Dimas 35,300
  San Francisco 765,000
  San Jose 939,900
  San Juan Capistrano 34,600
  San Luis Obispo 43,500
  San Mateo 91,800
  Santa Ana 339,600
  Santa Clara 109,800
  Santa Clarita 170,000
  Santa Rosa 154,200
  Scotts Valley 11,200
  Seal Beach 24,100
  Sierra Madre 10,900
  Simi Valley 120,500
  Solana Beach 12,800
  Sonoma 9,900
  South Gate 97,100
  South Pasadena 24,600
  Stockton 287,200
  Sunnyvale 131,100
  Temecula 94,800
  Thousand Oaks 123,300
  Torrance 141,400
  Truckee 16,000
  Vacaville 92,100
  Vallejo 115,600
  Victorville 107,200
  Visalia 118,600
  Vista 90,800
  West Carson 22,000
  West Covina 106,400
  Westlake Village 8,500
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