Money's list of America's best small cities


States
Top 100
Rank City Population
8 Columbia 97,500
8 Ellicott City 61,200
29 Gaithersburg 57,900
81 Germantown 59,600
66 Rockville 59,100
Other cities
Rank City Population
  Annapolis 36,400
  Arbutus 20,600
  Arnold 24,100
  Aspen Hill 53,600
  Baltimore 631,300
  Bel Air North 29,500
  Bel Air South 46,200
  Bethesda 59,000
  Bowie 53,300
  Calverton 19,600
  Carney 34,700
  Catonsville 41,000
  Clinton 27,900
  Colesville 21,200
  College Park 27,400
  Crofton 20,600
  Dundalk 63,700
  Eldersburg 31,500
  Elkridge 24,600
  Fairland 22,400
  Fort Washington 24,800
  Frederick 58,800
  Greater Upper Marlboro 22,600
  Greenbelt 21,900
  Laurel 21,900
  Lochearn 25,800
  Montgomery Village 40,500
  North Bethesda 40,800
  North Laurel 23,000
  North Potomac 24,300
  Odenton 24,100
  Olney 33,000
  Owings Mills 22,900
  Oxon Hill-Glassmanor 36,200
  Perry Hall 31,200
  Pikesville 30,300
  Potomac 46,600
  Randallstown 32,800
  Reisterstown 24,200
  Severn 39,700
  Severna Park 29,600
  Silver Spring 81,100
  South Gate 29,500
  South Laurel 21,600
  St. Charles 38,900
  Towson 53,300
  Waldorf 26,200
  Wheaton-Glenmont 60,500
  White Oak 21,600
  Woodlawn 37,200
From the August 2008 issue
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Top 3

City Median income
New Canaan, CT $231,138
Darien, CT $218,130
Lake Forest, IL $212,122
City % single
Hoboken, NJ 57.7%
Cambridge, MA 52.4%
Somerville, MA 51.4%
City Median home price
Nicholasville, KY $70,000
Watauga, TX $117,040
Redan, GA $115,000
Using statistics from data provider Onboard Informatics and consultant Bert Sperling of BestPlaces.net, 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 7,500 and 50,000.) More