Dobbs Ferry 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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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 Dobbs Ferry 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.”

Dobbs Ferry is home to a compelling mix of charm and convenience. Residents enjoy an active lifestyle with access to a variety of neighborhood and waterfront parks and nature preserves, including Gould Park ballfields. Thanks to a comprehensive transportation system and lowered emissions, Dobbs Ferry is a certified Climate Smart Community. The town’s residents experience demographic diversity and the wide range of cultural opportunities that comes with being so diverse.

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 100 Best Places to Live.

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