Money's list of America's best small cities


States
Top 100
Rank City Population
59 Arlington Heights 73,000
43 Bolingbrook 71,000
56 Mount Prospect 54,000
54 Naperville 143,000
Other cities
  Aurora 171,782
  Berwyn 50,863
  Bloomington 73,026
  Champaign 79,389
  Chicago 2,853,114
  Cicero 80,414
  Decatur 76,256
  Des Plaines 57,627
  Elgin 98,206
  Evanston 77,693
  Hoffman Estates 53,641
  Joliet 146,125
  Normal 52,056
  Oak Lawn 53,244
  Oak Park 49,602
  Orland Park 55,514
  Palatine 67,080
  Peoria 114,114
  Rockford 157,272
  Schaumburg 73,200
  Skokie 66,620
  Springfield 117,352
  Tinley Park 59,198
  Waukegan 90,788
  Wheaton 54,465
From the August 2010 issue
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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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Ranking
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Population
8.4M
46,000
Home Prices
2009 median sales prices
$1.2M
$36K
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Using statistics from data provider Onboard Informatics, 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 8,500 and 50,000.) More

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