Money's list of America's best small cities


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Remove 70 Fort Collins, CO $79,202 2.90% 4.63%-4.63% $1,508 12.95%
  1 Carmel, IN $120,714 7.00% 3.40%-3.40% $1,518 26.44%
  2 McKinney, TX $95,233 6.25% 0.00%-0.00% $1,492 147.12%
  3 Eden Prairie, MN $116,085 6.88% 5.35%-7.85% $1,614 12.39%
  4 Newton, MA $145,639 6.25% 5.30%-5.30% N.A. -0.91%
  5 Redmond, WA $107,408 6.50% 0.00%-0.00% $1,584 13.27%
  6 Irvine, CA $116,232 7.25% 1.00%-9.30% $1,991 41.58%
  7 Reston, VA $131,559 5.00% 2.00%-5.75% $1,237 1.06%
  8 Ellicott City, MD $132,197 6.00% 2.00%-5.50% $1,807 18.30%
  8 Columbia, MD $117,086 6.00% 2.00%-5.50% $1,807 1.04%
  9 Overland Park, KS $97,634 6.30% 3.50%-6.45% $1,461 13.46%
  10 Chapel Hill, NC $105,327 4.75% 6.00%-7.75% $1,154 4.34%
    100 Best Places avg. $96,825 5.57% 3.08%-7.31% $1,596 25.01%
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Using statistics from data services company 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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