Money's list of America's best small cities


Pricey homes
Here are towns from the Best Places database with the highest median home price.
Rank City Median home sale price 2009
1 Palo Alto, CA $ 1,180,000
2 Newport Beach, CA $ 1,008,000
3 Greenwich, CT $ 997,498
5 Santa Monica, CA $ 820,000
6 Arcadia, CA $ 737,500
7 Bethesda, MD $ 725,000
8 Santa Barbara, CA $ 700,000
9 Mountain View, CA $ 642,000
10 San Francisco, CA $ 634,000
11 San Mateo, CA $ 632,500
12 Redondo Beach, CA $ 630,000
13 Newton, MA $ 625,000
14 San Clemente, CA $ 603,500
15 Redwood City, CA $ 603,083
16 Sunnyvale, CA $ 603,000
17 Yorba Linda, CA $ 575,000
18 North Hempstead, NY $ 571,750
19 Encinitas, CA $ 569,376
20 Irvine, CA $ 550,000
20 Santa Cruz, CA $ 550,000
20 Fountain Valley, CA $ 550,000
22 Huntington Beach, CA $ 540,000
23 Carlsbad, CA $ 535,000
24 Berkeley, CA $ 532,375
25 San Rafael, CA $ 530,300
From the August 2010 issue
Source: Onboard Informatics, Actual sales collected from county and municipal assessors' offices. Only includes sales within town boundaries. Only towns where there were more than 100 home sales in 2009 were considered.
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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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Region
Northeast South
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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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