Money's list of America's best small cities


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Remove   Diamond Bar, CA $93,952 8.25% 1.25%-9.55% $1,703 5.77%
  1 Eden Prairie, MN $119,012 6.88% 5.35%-7.85% $1,672 12.61%
  2 Columbia, MD $110,602 6.00% 2.00%-6.25% $2,217 1.46%
  2 Ellicott City, MD $116,820 6.00% 2.00%-6.25% $2,217 8.16%
  3 Newton, MA $138,070 6.25% 5.30%-N.A. N.A. -2.38%
  4 Bellevue, WA $100,419 6.50% N.A.-N.A. $1,811 3.09%
  5 McKinney, TX $107,046 6.25% N.A.-N.A. $1,763 124.34%
  6 Fort Collins, CO $81,624 2.90% 4.63%-N.A. $1,532 11.73%
  7 Overland Park, KS $107,240 5.30% 3.50%-6.45% $1,586 15.73%
  8 Fishers, IN $108,086 7.00% 3.40%-N.A. $1,468 40.89%
  9 Ames, IA $77,690 6.00% 0.36%-8.98% $1,204 15.84%
  10 Rogers, AR $59,658 6.00% 1.00%-7.00% $1,861 22.84%
    100 Best Places avg. $90,957 5.45% 2.96%-7.35% $1,707 15.71%
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Region
Northeast South
Midwest West
Ranking
Top 100 winners only
Population
8.4M
46,000
Home Prices
2009 median sales prices
$1.2M
$36K
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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