Money's list of America's best small towns


States
Top 100
Rank City Population
16 Acton 22,006
28 Chelmsford 35,313
43 Easton 22,864
2 Milton 25,763
11 Sharon 17,460
Other cities
  Abington 16,886
  Amesbury 12,628
  Arlington 42,194
  Ashland 16,249
  Attleboro 42,427
  Bedford 13,821
  Bellingham 16,555
  Belmont 24,003
  Beverly 39,476
  Billerica 41,091
  Boston 655,002
  Braintree 36,017
  Bridgewater 26,616
  Burlington 24,248
  Cambridge 109,284
  Canton 21,356
  Concord 17,561
  Danvers 27,697
  Dedham 24,665
  Dracut 29,649
  Duxbury 14,551
  Easthampton 16,875
  Foxborough 17,463
  Franklin 31,694
  Gloucester 30,623
  Hanover 13,579
  Hingham 23,838
  Holden 17,462
  Hopkinton 14,625
  Hudson 15,153
  Hull 11,288
  Ipswich 13,151
  Kingston 12,342
  Leicester 11,113
  Leominster 43,375
  Lexington 31,288
  Longmeadow 16,407
  Lowell 108,438
  Lynnfield 11,599
  Mansfield 22,956
  Marblehead 20,095
  Marlborough 39,131
  Marshfield 25,764
  Maynard 10,564
  Medway 13,070
  Melrose 27,415
  Methuen 46,205
  Milford 25,571
  Millbury 14,014
  Nantucket 11,454
  Natick 32,787
  Needham 28,793
  Newburyport 17,812
  Norfolk 10,907
  North Andover 28,836
  North Attleborough 29,174
  North Reading 15,336
  Northampton 29,149
  Northbridge 15,145
  Norton 19,075
  Norwood 28,680
  Pembroke 18,254
  Pepperell 11,354
  Randolph 31,143
  Reading 24,634
  Salem 41,733
  Scituate 18,154
  Seekonk 13,705
  Shrewsbury 34,965
  South Hadley 17,276
  Southborough 9,815
  Springfield 154,253
  Stoneham 22,445
  Stoughton 27,665
  Sudbury 17,451
  Swampscott 14,892
  Tewksbury 30,021
  Townsend 9,283
  Tyngsborough 11,849
  Wakefield 25,261
  Walpole 24,219
  Watertown 33,655
  Wayland 13,429
  Wellesley 26,508
  Westborough 19,168
  Westford 22,385
  Weston 11,787
  Westwood 14,104
  Wilmington 22,935
  Winchester 20,782
  Winthrop 19,537
  Woburn 40,006
  Worcester 183,196
  Wrentham 10,845
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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 year.
City Avg. listing price
(July 2011)
1. Louisville, CO $383,569
2. Milton, MA $577,008
3. Solon, OH $291,162
4. Leesburg, VA $486,018
5. Papillion, NE $218,520
6. Hanover, NH $643,500
7. Liberty, MO $177,678
8. Middleton, WI $347,770
9. Mukilteo, WA $345,487
10. Chanhassen, MN $418,607

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Ranking
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Population
8.4M
8,500
Home Prices
2010 median sales prices
$2.3M
$42K
Using statistics from data services company Onboard Informatics, we crunched the numbers in order to zero in on America's best small towns for families. (Last year, we looked at small cities, with populations between 50,000 and 300,000.) More

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