Money's list of America's best small cities

Top 100
Rank City Population
76 St. Peters, MO 55,500
77 Moore, OK 59,400
78 Wheaton, IL 54,500
79 Shelby, MI 74,300
80 Fargo, ND 93,500
81 Cheyenne, WY 60,900
82 West Des Moines, IA 58,300
83 Wayne, NJ 54,700
84 Bensalem, PA 60,600
85 Macomb, MI 80,100
86 Weymouth Town, MA 54,000
87 Hendersonville, TN 51,900
88 Iowa City, IA 68,600
89 Ames, IA 58,000
90 Grand Forks, ND 53,100
91 Norman, OK 113,800
92 Nashua, NH 86,600
93 Millcreek, PA 52,900
94 West Chester, OH 61,300
95 Hillsboro, OR 93,600
96 Coral Springs, FL 125,800
97 Beaverton, OR 91,800
98 Waukesha, WI 71,700
99 Ann Arbor, MI 114,400
100 Peabody, MA 52,200
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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