Survey Reveals Top 8 Best Places to Live

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Another great article from - I find it interesting that almost every list I see seems to have different cities listed on it. Either way, enjoy!


Which cities emerged on top in CNNMoney’s annual Best Places to Live survey? This year’s survey focuses on the top small-towns in the country with populations of less than 50,000.

For its rankings, CNNMoney took into account such factors as  housing, employment opportunities, the city’s fiscal strength, top-notch schools, low crime, good healthcare, cultural and outdoor activities, and weather. 

The following are the eight cities that emerged on top:

1. Louisville, Colo.
Population: 18,400
Unemployment: 6.3%
Average list price (July 2011): $383,569

2. Milton, Mass.
Population: 27,000
Unemployment: 6.6%
Average list price: $577,008

3. Solon, Ohio
Population: 23,300
Unemployment: 8.2%
Average list price: $291,162

4. Leesburg, Va.
Population: 42,600
Unemployment: 4.1%
Average list price: $486,018

5. Papillion, N.E.
Population: 18,900
Unemployment: 4.2%
Average list price: $218,520

6. Hanover, N.H.
Population: 8,600
Unemployment: 4.4%
Average list price: $643,500

7. Liberty, Mo.
Population: 29,100
Unemployment: 7.6%
Average list price: $177,678

8. Middleton, Wis.
Population: 17,400
Unemployment: 5.1%
Average list price: $347,770

Learn more about what makes these top 8 cities so great as well as see the full list of top 100 small-town cities at

Source: “Best Places to Live,” CNNMoney (September 2011)

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Comments (3)

Nancy Pav
Century 21 Redwood Realty - Ashburn, VA
Nancy Pav, Your "GottaHave" Realtor

We're very proud that Leesburg, VA in my neck of the woods is in the top 5.

Aug 16, 2011 11:22 AM
Jen Giraud
American Home Shield - Dallas, TX

That's great Nancy! Congrats! Not even one city from my entire state made the list :(

Aug 16, 2011 11:26 AM
David Burrows
Classic Realty - Fairfax, VA
No Pressure, Just Seriously Devoted to Real Estate

It's interesting to see that Leesburg is on the list. It is a great place to live!

Aug 16, 2011 11:30 AM

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