Money's list of America's best small towns


States
Top 100
Rank City Population
34 Herndon 24,831
4 Leesburg 44,454
56 Manassas Park 12,297
35 Montclair 19,802
36 Oakton 33,367
Other cities
  Alexandria 154,886
  Aquia Harbour 9,854
  Arlington 224,274
  Bailey's Crossroads 23,116
  Bon Air 16,753
  Cave Spring 25,529
  Chesapeake 224,025
  Christiansburg 20,216
  Colonial Heights 17,803
  Fairfax 25,351
  Falls Church 12,420
  Franconia 34,892
  Fredericksburg 23,599
  Glen Allen 14,655
  Great Falls 8,757
  Groveton 21,193
  Hampton 143,153
  Hollins 14,632
  Huntington 8,655
  Hybla Valley 18,144
  Idylwood 16,512
  Jefferson 27,133
  Lake Barcroft 8,834
  Lake Monticello 9,829
  Lincolnia 16,125
  Linton Hall 27,333
  Lorton 23,475
  Manassas 37,484
  Mechanicsville 37,076
  Merrifield 14,316
  Mount Vernon 29,889
  Newport News 192,885
  Norfolk 231,966
  North Springfield 8,775
  Poquoson 11,780
  Richmond 206,289
  Rose Hill 16,113
  Salem 25,650
  Springfield 37,441
  Timberlake 11,169
  Tuckahoe 44,351
  Tysons Corner 19,380
  Vienna 15,002
  Virginia Beach 433,356
  Warrenton 9,385
  West Springfield 28,560
  Williamsburg 13,054
  Wolf Trap 14,518
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
Northeast South
Midwest West
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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