Money's list of America's best small cities


Cities
Rank City Population
  Sacramento, CA 468,237
  Saginaw, MI 55,620
  Salem, OR 153,435
  Salinas, CA 148,706
  Salt Lake City, UT 189,607
  San Angelo, TX 92,208
  San Antonio, TX 1,351,305
  San Bernardino, CA 200,890
  San Buenaventura (Ventura), CA 103,706
  San Clemente, CA 61,465
  San Diego, CA 1,282,605
  San Francisco, CA 808,976
  San Jose, CA 948,279
  San Leandro, CA 77,880
  San Marcos, CA 79,114
  San Marcos, TX 52,927
  San Mateo, CA 93,306
  San Rafael, CA 55,602
  Sandy, UT 98,337
  Sandy Springs, GA 82,674
  Sanford, FL 50,634
  Santa Ana, CA 339,130
  Santa Barbara, CA 90,594
  Santa Clara, CA 110,200
  Santa Clarita, CA 169,500
  Santa Cruz, CA 56,124
  Santa Fe, NM 71,831
  Santa Maria, CA 86,356
  Santa Monica, CA 87,664
  Santa Rosa, CA 155,796
  Santee, CA 53,860
  Sarasota, FL 52,340
  Savannah, GA 132,410
  Schaumburg, IL 73,200
  Schenectady, NY 61,922
71 Scottsdale, AZ 235,000
  Scranton, PA 72,243
  Seattle, WA 598,541
17 Shawnee, KS 61,000
  Shelby, MI 72,329
64 Shoreline, WA 54,000
  Shreveport, LA 199,729
  Silver Spring, MD 76,373
  Simi Valley, CA 120,543
  Sioux City, IA 82,807
77 Sioux Falls, SD 161,000
  Skokie, IL 66,620
  Somerville, MA 77,855
  South Bend, IN 103,807
  South Gate, CA 96,640
18 South Jordan, UT 51,000
  South San Francisco, CA 62,502
  South Whittier, CA 54,920
  Southfield, MI 75,392
  Sparks, NV 88,602
  Spokane, WA 211,444
  Spring, TX 51,508
  Spring Hill, FL 94,995
  Spring Valley, NV 169,497
  Springdale, AR 68,180
  Springfield, IL 117,352
  Springfield, MA 150,640
  Springfield, MO 163,614
  Springfield, OH 62,269
  Springfield, OR 58,287
  St. Charles, MO 64,386
  St. Clair Shores, MI 60,364
  St. Cloud, MN 66,948
80 St. George, UT 78,000
  St. Joseph, MO 76,197
  St. Louis, MO 354,361
  St. Paul, MN 279,815
60 St. Peters, MO 56,000
  St. Petersburg, FL 245,314
78 Stamford, CT 119,000
  Sterling Heights, MI 128,219
67 Stillwater, OK 53,000
  Stockton, CA 287,037
91 Suffolk, VA 82,000
  Sugar Land, TX 80,704
  Sunnyvale, CA 133,876
  Sunrise, FL 89,026
  Sunrise Manor, NV 180,409
  Surprise, AZ 96,059
  Syracuse, NY 138,068
From the August 2010 issue
CNNMoney's Best Places database includes 800-plus U.S. cities with populations 50,000 and up.
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Home price trends
Hover over any of the 10 Best Places below to see how real estate prices have changed in the past 2 years.
City Avg. listing price
(June 2010)
1. Eden Prairie, MN $430,710
2. Columbia-Ellicott
     City, MD
$487,602
3. Newton, MA $989,445
4. Bellevue, WA $801,423
5. McKinney, TX $267,661
6. Fort Collins, CO $271,950
7. Overland Park, KS $308,235
8. Fishers, IN $282,482
9. Ames, IA $189,657
10. Rogers, AR $269,229

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Population
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Home Prices
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