Sebastopol Named One of’s 10 Best Small Towns, 2016

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Annual list identifies and ranks America’s best small towns

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"This list is really what is all about. 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.”

People are often looking for a getaway, or just a city with a slower pace and a more neighborly feel. With this in mind, has named Sebastopol one of 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.”

Sebastopol is a down-to-earth, culturally diverse, friendly and easy-going town. Even though it's small in size, the number of quality-of-life amenities Sebastopol offers residents is immense, including the 254-square-mile Laguna de Santa Rosa. The town's rich agricultural landscape provides residents with a number of farmers markets and other agritourism, while the Sebastopol’s three separate school districts offer highly-ranked education.

10 Best Small Towns 2016

Traverse City, MI
Dobbs Ferry, NY
Sebastopol, CA
Lebanon, NH
Los Alamos, NM
Amherst Center, MA
Louisville, CO
Ellensburg, WA
Canyon, TX
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.

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