Money's list of America's best small towns


States
Top 100
Rank City Population
53 Hillsborough 39,268
33 Madison 16,247
17 Montville 21,821
26 Ridgewood 24,506
22 South Brunswick 42,044
Other cities
  Aberdeen 18,377
  Avenel 18,027
  Barclay-Kingston 10,082
  Bergenfield 25,983
  Berkeley Heights 13,674
  Bloomfield 44,181
  Branchburg 15,723
  Bridgewater 44,748
  Brigantine 13,299
  Budd Lake 8,620
  Cedar Grove 12,056
  Cherry Hill Mall 14,910
  Cinnaminson 15,298
  Clark 14,409
  Closter 8,543
  Collingswood 13,573
  Colonia 17,047
  Colts Neck 12,583
  Cranford 22,381
  Cresskill 8,739
  Delran 19,024
  Denville 17,027
  Dumont 17,396
  East Brunswick 48,099
  East Hanover 11,200
  East Rutherford 9,036
  East Windsor 27,213
  Eatontown 13,964
  Echelon 10,453
  Edgewater 10,634
  Elizabeth 124,104
  Englewood 28,564
  Evesham 46,298
  Ewing 36,775
  Fair Lawn 31,775
  Florham Park 10,575
  Fords 14,349
  Fort Lee 36,805
  Franklin Lakes 11,189
  Glen Rock 11,323
  Greentree 12,208
  Hackensack 43,737
  Hackettstown 10,412
  Haddonfield 11,346
  Hasbrouck Heights 11,586
  Hawthorne 18,345
  Hazlet 20,677
  Highland Park 13,972
  Hillsdale 9,919
  Hillside 21,840
  Iselin 17,779
  Jersey City 245,800
  Kearny 38,378
  Kendall Park 9,231
  Kinnelon 11,278
  Lake Mohawk 9,912
  Leonia 9,053
  Lincoln Park 10,960
  Little Falls 10,524
  Little Ferry 10,733
  Livingston 28,161
  Lumberton 12,280
  Lyndhurst 20,713
  Mahwah 24,517
  Manalapan 39,968
  Maplewood 22,418
  Marlboro 39,856
  Marlton 10,539
  Matawan 9,218
  Maywood 9,330
  Medford 22,943
  Mercerville-Hamilton Square 26,695
  Metuchen 13,371
  Middlesex 14,165
  Montclair 36,156
  Moorestown 20,265
  Moorestown-Lenola 14,374
  Morganville 11,337
  Mount Laurel 41,030
  Mount Olive 25,478
  New Milford 16,232
  New Providence 12,166
  Newark 274,588
  North Arlington 14,399
  North Brunswick Township 39,524
  Nutley 26,653
  Oakland 12,692
  Park Ridge 8,820
  Paterson 148,127
  Pennsville 12,083
  Pequannock 16,819
  Pitman 9,321
  Plainsboro 22,254
  Point Pleasant 19,222
  Pompton Lakes 10,962
  Princeton 17,307
  Princeton 13,933
  Princeton Meadows 13,853
  Rahway 26,877
  Ramsey 14,599
  Randolph 25,582
  Readington 16,307
  Red Bank 11,708
  Ridgefield 10,944
  Ridgefield Park 12,953
  Ringwood 12,061
  River Edge 10,794
  River Vale 9,472
  Rockaway 24,914
  Roselle Park 13,440
  Rutherford 17,714
  Saddle Brook 13,707
  Sayreville 44,170
  Scotch Plains 23,210
  Somerset 23,381
  South Plainfield 22,626
  South River 15,582
  Sparta 19,339
  Springdale 14,252
  Springfield 15,508
  Succasunna-Kenvil 12,232
  Summit 21,104
  Teaneck 39,792
  Tenafly 13,841
  Tinton Falls 19,154
  Totowa 10,343
  Verona 12,888
  Voorhees 30,245
  Waldwick 9,466
  Wall 28,454
  Wanaque 11,821
  Warren 15,915
  West Caldwell 10,681
  West Freehold 13,350
  West Orange 42,645
  Westfield 29,372
  Westwood 11,303
  White Horse 10,134
  White Meadow Lake 9,223
  Woodbridge 18,209
  Wyckoff 16,692
  Yardville-Groveville 9,454
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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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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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