Money's list of America's best small cities


Rich and single
In these affluent towns, singles are abundant.
Rank City % population single 2009 median family income
1 Newport Beach, CA 30.0% $144,917
2 Newton, MA 31.3% $138,070
3 Brookline, MA 42.0% $124,035
4 Sandy Springs, GA 35.6% $115,171
5 Irvine, CA 31.3% $113,768
6 Milpitas, CA 30.4% $113,735
7 Sunnyvale, CA 30.0% $110,276
8 Mountain View, CA 34.8% $109,215
9 Chapel Hill, NC 50.6% $106,865
10 Santa Clara, CA 34.0% $105,516
11 Arlington, VA 41.6% $104,452
12 Redondo Beach, CA 34.2% $104,098
13 Oak Park, IL 33.3% $103,303
14 Towson, MD 35.4% $102,302
15 San Jose, CA 31.3% $100,219
16 Evanston, IL 39.6% $100,007
17 Piscataway, NJ 31.0% $99,032
18 San Rafael, CA 30.7% $97,382
19 Davis, CA 49.6% $94,795
20 White Plains, NY 31.7% $93,718
21 Ann Arbor, MI 47.7% $92,992
22 Boulder, CO 48.0% $92,615
23 Santa Monica, CA 40.9% $91,810
24 Stamford, CT 30.9% $91,477
25 Santa Cruz, CA 45.0% $91,162
From the August 2010 issue
Source: Census, OnBoard projections/aggregations
Cities where at least 30% of the population is single were ranked by median family income.
Best Places Winners
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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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