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And the winners are...
These terrific small cities -- even now -- boast plenty of jobs, great schools, safe streets, low crime, lots to do, charm, and other features that make a town great for raising a family. More
  1. Eden Prairie, MN
  2. Columbia/Ellicott City, MD
  3. Newton, MA
  4. Bellevue, WA
  5. McKinney, TX
  1. Fort Collins, CO
  2. Overland Park, KS
  3. Fishers, IN
  4. Ames, IA
  5. Rogers, AR

Big-money cities
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WBest places, state-by-state
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Population
8.4M
46,000
Home Prices
2009 median sales prices
$1.2M
$36K
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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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