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10 Best Places to Live In the USA: Are Small Towns Better?


Are Small Towns Better?


There is yet another list of the very best places to live in the United States.  This time the elite selection is courtesy of CNN Money. In creating their top picks they had a goal – to “find the best combination of job opportunities, fiscal strength, top-notch schools, safe streets, good healthcare, cultural and outdoor activities, even nice weather.” One thing the top ten had in common?  They were all “small towns.” Those seem to be the communities that possessed the criteria that CNN Money was looking for.

In the top ten choices the population ranged from 8,600 to 42, 600 people.  To me, that’s pretty darn small. I live in a city that boasts a population of over 800,000 and a place like New York City has about 18.9 million, so a town that has 8,600… that really is tiny.

Check out the top ten right here including how many people live there. This begs the question, is it just a fact that the quality of life is just better in small towns?

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  • 10. Chanhassen, MN 1 of 10
    10. Chanhassen, MN
    Population: 23,000
  • 9. Mukilteo, WA 2 of 10
    9. Mukilteo, WA
    Population: 20,300
  • 8. Middleton, WI 3 of 10
    8. Middleton, WI
    Population: 17,400
  • 7. Liberty, MO 4 of 10
    7. Liberty, MO
    Population: 29,100
  • 6. Hanover, NH 5 of 10
    6. Hanover, NH
    Population: 8,600
  • 5. Papillion, NE 6 of 10
    5. Papillion, NE
    Population: 18,900
  • 4. Leesburg, VA 7 of 10
    4. Leesburg, VA
    Population: 42,600
  • 3. Solon, OH 8 of 10
    3. Solon, OH
    Population: 23,300
  • 2. Milton, MA 9 of 10
    2. Milton, MA
    Population: 27,000
  • 1. Louisville, CO 10 of 10
    1. Louisville, CO
    Population: 18,400

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