These aren't places that are big enough to make anyone else's lists, but they're great places to live and they deserve our praise.
(PRWEB) June 06, 2016
People are often looking for a getaway, or just a city with a slower pace and a more neighborly feel. With this in mind, Livability.com has named the 10 Best Small Towns, 2016. These towns offer a certain charm coupled with amenities you’d expect to find in larger cities.
To select these towns, Livability editors analyzed more than twenty data points on thousands of communities, following the same framework and principles as the Top 100 Best Places to Live. Factors included indicators of health, affordability, diversity, and safety, as well as the amount of entertainment and civic engagement. Places that are growing and thriving also stood out.
Once the numbers were crunched, Livability's editors combed through the short list, to find cities, towns and hamlets with a range of sizes and geographic diversity.
"This list is really what Livability is all about," said Livability editor and chief trend analyst, Matt Carmichael. "These aren't places that are big enough to make anyone else's lists, but they're great places to live and they deserve our praise.”
10 Best Small Towns, 2016
1. Traverse City, MI
2. Dobbs Ferry, NY
3. Sebastopol, CA
4. Lebanon, NH
5. Los Alamos, NM
6. Amherst Center, MA
7. Louisville, CO
8. Ellensburg, WA
9. Canyon, TX
10. Sitka, AK
Livability is a relocation site focused on how cities, especially small to midsized cities, become great places to live. Through proprietary research studies, engaging articles and original photography and video, we examine topics related to community amenities, education, sustainability, transportation, housing and the economy. We then leverage that expertise to develop city rankings for a range of topics including small towns, college towns and our annual Top 100 Best Places to Live.