And the winners are...
Some places have everything any family could want - economic opportunity, good schools, safe streets, things to do and a sense of community. See the top 10 Great American Towns - including homes for sale and million-dollar homes. (more)

Top-earning towns Hillsborough, Calif., residents pull in more than $260,000 a year. Which other places have high incomes? (more)
Where the singles are Good schools, low crime, green space -- there's a lot to love about this Wisconsin town. (more)video
Where homes are affordable Residents who buy real estate in these 25 towns see their incomes go the furthest. (more)
Where the singles are Looking to meet that special someone? These 25 places have the highest percentage of singles. (more)

Best places, state-by-state
California is home to the most Top 100 towns on this year's list. See the best places to live in your favorite state. (more)
• Texas

Pricey homes
These towns from the Best Places database have the highest median home price. Plus more top 25 lists: (more)
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3,500+ cities
See detailed city stats, homes for sale and customizable maps for all the towns in our Best Places database. Plus, post your thoughts on our Best Places to Live blog. (more)

10 best big cities
Money Magazine rated small towns this year, with populations 7,500 to 50,000. But what do you think are the best big cities? Submit your picks to compare your rankings with other users. (more)

Is your town a great place to live? Send your photos, video or audio files and show us why. (more)
First-quarter numbers are in for 156 markets. How does your home town stack up? (more)
Where are they now? From Seattle to Raleigh/Durham, N.C., see how seven past Best Places are faring now. (more)
Thinking about moving? See how much you should earn to maintain the same lifestyle. (more)
Tell us how much you make, how much you've got for a down payment, and your debt, and find out how far to stretch when home hunting. (more)
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How we picked the Best Places to Live
This year we focused on smaller places, between 7,500 and 50,000 in population. (Last year, we looked at small cities with populations between 50,000 and 300,000.) And so, working with data provider OnBoard and consultant Bert Sperling of, we set out to find the best towns in America. Here's how...