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Best United States places to live in: Top 50 for 2013

Sharon, Massachusetts' downtown center.
Sharon, Massachusetts' downtown center.

The best places to live in America is an annual list that is anticipated by many persons who want to go where the “grass is greener” – or simply want to know where the grass is greener. It is assumed that there is a linkage of the American economy – Americans’ #1 concern - and the best place to live since the list is compiled by Money Magazine, according to a Yahoo! News report on Monday.

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Money Magazine crunches the massive economic data to report on just how well towns throughout the United States are doing in these challenging times. The publication uses numbers from Onboard Informatics and other reliable sources to gauge a great number of criteria including a town’s current job growth, its unemployment rates, its appreciation of houses and property, and – of course, its overall affordability for its citizens.

To assist in avoiding errors in rating the top towns, Money Magazine staff visited the top scoring towns which helped them arrive at their goal of finding the top small towns in America.

For the record, Money Magazine alternates between naming the top large towns and the top small towns from year-to-year. This year, it was the small towns’ turn.

Besides being “thriving” towns, according to Money Magazine, these towns have just what a person wants when looking for a place to raise a family, including good schools, lots of green areas, and a strong community.

Without further ado, here are the best (small town) places to live in America.

Best Places to Live in America 2013 (small town edition)

  1. Sharon, Massachusetts – near Boston and Providence
  2. Louisville, Colorado – near Boulder and Denver
  3. Vienna, Virginia – near Washington, D.C.
  4. Chanhassen, Minnesota – near Minneapolis
  5. Sherwood, Oregon – near Portland
  6. Berkley Heights, New Jersey – near New York City
  7. Mason, Ohio – near Cincinnati and Dayton
  8. Papillion, Nebraska – near Omaha
  9. Apex, North Carolina – near Raleigh
  10. West Goshen, Pennsylvania – near Philadelphia and Wilmington, Delaware
  11. Westford, Massachusetts – near Boston
  12. Parker, Colorado – near Denver
  13. Montville, New Jersey – near New York City
  14. Farmington, Utah – near Salt Lake City
  15. Shrewsbury, Massachusetts – near Boston and Worcester
  16. Hillsborough, New Jersey – near Philadelphia, PA and New York City
  17. Apple Valley, Minnesota – near St. Paul and Minneapolis
  18. Westfield, Indiana – near Indianapolis
  19. Newcastle, Washington – near Seattle
  20. The Colony, Texas – near Dallas
  21. Savage, Minnesota – near Minneapolis
  22. Waukee, Iowa – near Des Moines
  23. Merrimack, New Hampshire – near Manchester and Nashua
  24. Firestone, Colorado – near Boulder
  25. Draper, Utah – near Salt Lake City
  26. Brookfield, Connecticut – near New York City
  27. Farmington, Michigan – near Detroit
  28. Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin – near Milwaukee
  29. Lindon, Utah – near Salt Lake City
  30. Windham, New Hampshire – near Boston, MA
  31. La Palma, California – near Los Angeles
  32. Coppell, Texas – near Dallas
  33. Suwanee, Georgia – near Atlanta
  34. Horsham, Pennsylvania – near Philadelphia
  35. Leesburg, Virginia – near Washington, D.C.
  36. Mill Creek, Washington – near Seattle
  37. Ankeny, Iowa – near Des Moines
  38. Twinsburg, Ohio – near Akron and Cleveland
  39. Cheshire, Connecticut – near New Haven, Hartford and Bridgeport
  40. Ballwin, Missouri – near St. Louis
  41. Montgomery Village, Maryland – near Baltimore and Washington, D.C.
  42. Solon, Ohio – near Cleveland
  43. Evans, Georgia – near Augusta
  44. Pflugerville, Texas – near Austin
  45. Spring Hill, Tennessee – near Nashville
  46. Buffalo Grove, Illinois – near Chicago
  47. Pelham, Alabama – near Birmingham
  48. Peachtree City, Georgia – near Atlanta
  49. Walnut, California – near Los Angeles
  50. Simsbury, Connecticut – near Hartford

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