Money's list of America's best small towns


Affordable homes
Residents who buy real estate in these cities from the Best Places database see their incomes go the furthest.
Rank City Median home sale price 2010
1 Hunter's Creek, FL $80,000
2 Lake Jackson, TX $125,000
3 Wesley Chapel, FL $134,000
4 Johnston, IA $181,000
5 Papillion, NE $145,000
6 Crete, IL $147,000
7 Morrisville, NC $214,500
8 Cedar Rapids, IA $106,560
9 Franklin, IN $99,000
10 Deer Park, TX $131,250
11 Martinez, GA $130,599
12 Medina, OH $128,000
13 La Vergne, TN $106,500
14 Stockbridge, GA $124,000
15 Columbia, IL $154,000
16 Glendale, AZ $110,000
17 Mason, OH $173,000
18 Brownsburg, IN $139,000
19 Neenah, WI $119,900
20 Rochester, MN $141,000
21 Statesville, NC $96,522
22 Hudson, WI $166,000
23 Pelham, AL $140,000
24 Southaven, MS $120,000
25 Simpsonville, SC $115,250
From the September 2011 issue
Source: Onboard Informatics, actual sales collected from county and municipal assessors' offices. Only includes sales within city boundaries. Only cities where there were more than 100 home sales in 2010, and that were experiencing job and population growth, were considered. No more than 2 places within a state, and no more than 1 place within a county could qualify.
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 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
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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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