Money's list of America's best small cities

Top 100
Rank City Population
26 Franklin, NJ 62,600
27 Cupertino, CA 58,700
28 Greenwich, CT 62,100
29 Ashburn, VA 59,800
30 Mansfield, TX 59,000
31 Brookline, MA 59,100
32 Flower Mound, TX 69,300
33 Gilbert, AZ 216,400
34 Chino Hills, CA 74,600
35 Clarkstown, NY 85,800
36 Framingham, MA 68,800
37 Bellevue, NE 51,800
38 West Bloomfield, MI 64,600
39 O'Fallon, MO 80,400
40 Bellevue, WA 124,300
41 Diamond Bar, CA 57,200
42 Yorba Linda, CA 65,800
43 White Plains, NY 57,500
44 Arlington, VA 210,000
45 Abington, PA 55,700
46 Pflugerville, TX 56,700
47 Centennial, CO 107,900
48 Dale City, VA 68,300
49 Chandler, AZ 247,100
50 Amherst, NY 122,900
From the September 2012 issue
Due to erroneous job, cost-of-living, and test score data for a small number of places, two cities were left off this year's top 100 and two were mistakenly included. Other cities moved up or down slightly once all data were corrected. Details.
Best Places Winners
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 2012)
1. Carmel, IN $304,340
2. McKinney, TX $245,917
3. Eden Prairie, MN $413,566
4. Newton, MA $850,117
5. Redmond, WA $518,982
6. Irvine, CA $904,753
7. Reston, VA $467,934
8. Columbia/Ellicott City, MD $406,943
9. Overland Park, KS $278,204
10. Chapel Hill, NC $376,660

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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 cities for families. (Last year, we looked at small towns, with populations between 8,500 and 50,000.) More

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