Money's list of America's best small cities

Pricey homes
Here are towns from the Best Places database with the highest median home price.
Rank City Median home sale price 2007
1 Beverly Hills, CA $1,630,000
2 Manhattan Beach, CA $1,625,000
3 Newport Beach, CA $1,515,000
4 Los Altos, CA $1,500,000
5 Saratoga, CA $1,500,000
6 Laguna Beach, CA $1,487,500
7 New Canaan, CT $1,465,000
8 Greenwich, CT $1,449,500
9 La Canada Flintridge, CA $1,315,000
10 Coronado, CA $1,300,000
11 Darien, CT $1,220,000
12 Hermosa Beach, CA $1,200,000
13 Westport, CT $1,200,000
14 Los Gatos, CA $1,065,000
15 Palo Alto, CA $1,062,500
16 Lafayette, CA $1,050,000
17 Harrison, NY $1,024,500
18 Burlingame, CA $1,019,000
19 Lake Forest, IL $1,000,000
20 University Park, TX $997,500
21 Rancho Palos Verdes, CA $965,000
22 Santa Barbara, CA $957,500
23 Millbrae, CA $955,000
24 San Carlos, CA $950,000
25 Santa Monica, CA $948,000
From the August 2008 issue
Source: OnBoard, Actual sales collected from county and municipal assessors' offices. Only includes sales within town boundaries. Only towns where there were more than 100 home sales in 2007 were considered.
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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, 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

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