Money's list of America's best small cities

Here are towns from the Best Places database with the highest average temperatures in July.
Rank City Avg. high temperature in July (°F)
1 Cathedral City, CA 108.2°
2 Avondale, AZ 107.6°
2 Goodyear, AZ 107.6°
4 Lake Havasu City, AZ 107.5°
5 Yuma, AZ 107.3°
6 Indio, CA 107.1°
7 Glendale, AZ 106.8°
7 Peoria, AZ 106.8°
7 Surprise, AZ 106.8°
10 Las Vegas, NV 106.4°
10 North Las Vegas, NV 106.4°
12 Chandler, AZ 105.5°
12 Gilbert, AZ 105.5°
12 Mesa, AZ 105.5°
15 Scottsdale, AZ 105.2°
16 Phoenix, AZ 104.5°
17 Henderson, NV 104.2°
18 Tempe, AZ 104.1°
19 St. George, UT 102.8°
20 Laredo, TX 101.4°
21 Casas Adobes, AZ 100.7°
21 Catalina Foothills, AZ 100.7°
23 Tucson, AZ 100.1°
24 Apple Valley, CA 99.1°
24 Hesperia, CA 99.1°
From the September 2012 issue
Source: NOAA National Weather Center observation reporting centers
County-level data. Only cities within 50 miles of a weather station considered.
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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