Money's list of America's best small towns


Top 100
Rank City Population
1 Louisville, CO 18,800
2 Chanhassen, MN 23,700
3 Papillion, NE 22,200
4 Middleton, WI 16,900
5 Milton, MA 25,400
6 Warren, NJ 16,100
7 Keller, TX 38,100
8 Peachtree City, GA 34,500
9 Lake St. Louis, MO 13,900
10 Mukilteo, WA 20,500
11 West Goshen, PA 8,800
12 Sammamish, WA 35,200
13 Superior, CO 10,500
14 Farmington, UT 16,500
15 Westerville, OH 35,700
16 Acton, MA 21,100
17 Newcastle, WA 9,800
18 Highland Heights, OH 8,600
19 Hopkinton, MA 14,000
20 Chaska, MN 23,900
21 Montville, NJ 22,300
22 Draper, UT 38,600
23 Solon, OH 22,000
24 Mansfield, TX 44,100
25 Ellisville, MO 9,200
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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