Source: Onboard Informatics, 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 2008, and that were experiencing job and population growth, were considered. No more than 5 places within a state, and no more than 1 place within a county could qualify.
Using statistics from data provider Onboard Informatics, we crunched the numbers in order to zero in on America's best small towns for families. (Last year, we looked at small cities, with populations between 50,000 and 300,000.)