Money's list of America's best small cities

Fastest job growth
Here are the counties with the highest percentage job growth (2000-2009).
Rank County Towns include Job growth % 2000-2009
1 Lincoln County, SD Sioux Falls 67.00%
2 Williamson County, TX Cedar Park, Round Rock 58.90%
3 Hays County, TX San Marcos 56.40%
4 Douglas County, CO Highlands Ranch 56.20%
5 Fort Bend County, TX Houston, Missouri City, Sugar Land 55.70%
6 Webb County, TX Laredo 54.10%
7 Collin County, TX Allen, Carrollton, Dallas, Frisco, Garland, McKinney, Plano 53.00%
8 Broomfield County, CO Broomfield 50.10%
9 Hamilton County, IN Carmel, Fishers 43.20%
10 Cache County, UT Logan 42.60%
11 Utah County, UT Orem, Provo 39.20%
12 Christian County, MO Springfield 39.00%
13 Wake County, NC Cary 35.30%
14 Dona Ana County, NM Las Cruces 34.50%
15 Benton County, AR Rogers 32.10%
16 Maricopa County, AZ Avondale, Chandler, Goodyear, Gilbert, Glendale, Mesa, Peoria, Phoenix 32.00%
17 Prince William County, VA Dale City 32.00%
18 Davis County, UT Layton 31.50%
19 Faulkner County, AR Conway 30.40%
20 Williamson County, TN Franklin 29.80%
21 Houston County, GA Warner Robins 28.70%
22 Washington County, AR Fayetteville, Springdale 27.10%
23 Suffolk, VA Suffolk 25.00%
24 Johnson County, IA Iowa City 22.70%
25 Canadian County, OK Oklahoma City 22.40%
From the August 2010 issue
Source: Census data, Onboard Informatics projection. Only counties where each Best Place within it was also experiencing job and population growth, and where unemployment was below the national average, were considered. No more than 5 places within a 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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