Money's list of America's best small cities


States
Top 100
Rank City Population
35 Edison 101,400
5 Franklin Township 59,100
51 Hamilton 91,700
77 Howell 52,000
86 Middletown 67,600
13 Parsippany/Troy Hills 52,900
23 Piscataway 53,900
75 Union 56,000
58 Washington 52,600
100 Wayne 55,700
Other cities
Rank City Population
  Bayonne 58,800
  Bergenfield 26,100
  Bloomfield 46,000
  Brick 84,000
  Bridgewater 45,700
  Camden 79,300
  Cherry Hill 71,200
  Clifton 79,600
  Cranford 22,600
  Dover 97,400
  East Brunswick 49,000
  East Orange 67,200
  East Windsor 27,100
  Elizabeth 126,100
  Englewood 27,800
  Evesham 48,800
  Ewing 37,200
  Fair Lawn 31,200
  Fort Lee 37,000
  Gloucester 68,800
  Hackensack 43,600
  Hazlet 22,100
  Hillsborough 39,100
  Hillside 21,900
  Hoboken 39,800
  Irvington 58,700
  Jersey City 241,700
  Livingston 28,600
  Lyndhurst 19,800
  Mahwah 26,000
  Manalapan 36,600
  Maplewood 23,200
  Marlboro 38,900
  Medford 23,700
  Mercerville-Hamilton Square 27,400
  Montclair 37,700
  Montville 22,300
  Moorestown 21,400
  Mount Laurel 43,200
  Mount Olive 25,700
  New Brunswick 50,100
  Newark 281,400
  North Bergen 55,500
  North Brunswick Township 40,300
  North Plainfield 21,700
  Nutley 27,300
  Old Bridge 23,300
  Paramus 26,500
  Passaic 67,900
  Paterson 148,700
  Perth Amboy 48,600
  Plainsboro 22,100
  Point Pleasant 19,800
  Rahway 27,800
  Randolph 26,000
  Ridgewood 24,600
  Rockaway 24,600
  Roselle 21,100
  Sayreville 42,500
  Scotch Plains 22,800
  Somerset 26,800
  South Brunswick 43,500
  South Plainfield 22,700
  Sparta 19,400
  Summit 21,100
  Teaneck 39,600
  Toms River 93,700
  Trenton 83,900
  Union City 63,900
  Vineland 58,200
  Voorhees 28,300
  Wall 28,200
  West Milford 27,400
  West Orange 43,900
  Westfield 29,900
From the August 2008 issue
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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