Money's list of America's best small towns


States
Top 100
Rank City Population
14 Arden Hills 9,624
10 Chanhassen 25,602
44 Lino Lakes 19,980
51 Savage 28,485
52 Shoreview 25,909
Other cities
  Andover 31,709
  Anoka 17,292
  Buffalo 13,844
  Champlin 25,245
  Chaska 25,811
  Cloquet 11,983
  Cottage Grove 34,175
  Edina 47,343
  Elk River 23,794
  Forest Lake 17,414
  Fridley 27,112
  Golden Valley 21,381
  Ham Lake 15,363
  Hastings 22,521
  Hermantown 8,592
  Hugo 13,496
  Inver Grove Heights 34,600
  Little Canada 10,563
  Marshall 12,825
  Mendota Heights 11,785
  Minneapolis 375,812
  Monticello 11,979
  Mound 9,749
  Mounds View 12,978
  New Brighton 21,374
  New Hope 19,067
  North Mankato 12,283
  North St. Paul 11,803
  Oakdale 26,905
  Owatonna 25,414
  Prior Lake 24,728
  Ramsey 23,686
  Red Wing 16,709
  Richfield 34,050
  Robbinsdale 13,880
  Rochester 103,267
  Rosemount 21,761
  Sauk Rapids 12,718
  Shakopee 36,549
  St. Louis Park 45,877
  St. Paul 281,181
  Stillwater 17,737
  Vadnais Heights 13,349
  Waconia 9,961
  West St. Paul 18,641
  White Bear Lake 24,374
From the September 2011 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 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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Region
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Ranking
Top 100 winners only
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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