Money's list of America's best small cities

Top-earning towns
Here are cities from the Best Places database with some of the highest median family incomes.
Rank City 2009 median family income
1 Bethesda, MD $172,541
2 Greenwich, CT $164,807
3 Palo Alto, CA $153,615
4 Newport Beach, CA $144,917
5 Lower Merion, PA $144,686
6 Newton, MA $138,070
7 Fairfield, CT $127,920
8 Greenburgh, NY $127,376
9 Burke, VA $127,036
10 Naperville, IL $125,702
11 The Woodlands, TX $124,939
12 North Hempstead, NY $124,069
13 Brookline, MA $124,035
14 Flower Mound, TX $123,504
15 Highlands Ranch, CO $122,448
16 Reston, VA $122,212
17 Carmel, IN $120,988
18 Wayne, NJ $120,295
19 Weston, FL $119,689
20 Eden Prairie, MN $119,012
21 Ellicott City, MD $116,820
22 Plymouth, MN $116,273
23 Sandy Springs, GA $115,171
24 Roswell, GA $113,750
25 Wheaton, IL $113,517
From the August 2010 issue
Source: Census data, Onboard Informatics projection/aggregation
Only two places per state could qualify.
Best Places Winners
Home price trends
Hover over any of the 10 Best Places below to see how real estate prices have changed in the past 2 years.
City Avg. listing price
(June 2010)
1. Eden Prairie, MN $430,710
2. Columbia-Ellicott
     City, MD
3. Newton, MA $989,445
4. Bellevue, WA $801,423
5. McKinney, TX $267,661
6. Fort Collins, CO $271,950
7. Overland Park, KS $308,235
8. Fishers, IN $282,482
9. Ames, IA $189,657
10. Rogers, AR $269,229

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Using statistics from data provider Onboard Informatics, 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 8,500 and 50,000.) More

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