Money Magazine: 10 Best Small Cities to Live

September 26, 2014

Money Magazine recently released its annual list of the best “small” places to live in the U.S., evaluating more than 700 cities with populations between 50,000 and 300,000. The report uses analysis of more than 50 factors for their rankings, everything from local economies, housing markets, schools, health care, and more.

Here are the top “small” cities that emerged at the top of this year’s list:

1. McKinney, Texas
Median family income: $96, 143
Median home value: $217,879

2. Maple Grove, Minn.
Median family income: $109,397
Median home price: $225,300

3. Carmel, Ind.
Median family income: $124,686
Median home price: $294,000

4. Castle Rock, Colo.
Median family income: $105,811
Median home price: $305,000

5. Kirkland, Wash.
Median family income: $110,194
Median home price: $442,925

6. Columbia & Elliott City, Md.
Median family income: $133,682
Median home price: $359,916

7. Clarkstown, N.Y.
Median family income: $123,460
Median home price: $372,750

8. Ames, Iowa
Median family income: $77,444
Median home price: $145,750

9. Rochester Hills, Mich.
Median family income: $95,710
Median home price: $223,754

10. Reston, Va.
Median family income: $142,404
Median home price: $395,550

See the full list of best small cities.

Source: “MONEY’s Best Places to Live in America,” Money (Sept. 19, 2014)