At Livability.com, our mission is to highlight those great places in between the big cities … towns with desirable quality of life amenities and a solid business climate.
Franklin, Tenn. (PRWEB) September 25, 2012
The fictional TV town of Mayberry still represents the ideal small town – a close-knit community with low crime, a slower pace and wholesome fun. For Livability.com’s Top 10 Small Towns list, editors set out to uncover the Mayberrys of 2012 – places where life can still be simple, quiet and complete, but with more places for residents to gather other than the local barber shop.
“At Livability.com, our mission is to highlight those great places in between the big cities. That’s why you won't find New York or Los Angeles on the website, but you will find towns with desirable quality of life amenities, such as natural beauty, a thriving arts and cultural scene, ample outdoor recreation, and a solid business climate,” says John Hood, Livability.com spokesman. “This list of the top 10 small towns just expands on that concept with the added criteria of a population below 25,000.”
Editors narrowed down 500 cities on Livability.com to those with 25,000 or fewer residents. They then looked at median household incomes and home prices, crime rates, unemployment rates, average commutes and distances to large cities. They also considered the quantity and quality of each town’s lifestyle advantages.
The result is a list of 10 of the best small towns in America, towns that readers would be happy to both visit and call home.
Top 10 Small Towns
1. Papillion, NE
2. Golden, CO
3. Brattleboro, VT
4. Boerne, TX
5. Chardon, OH
6. Bedford, VA
7. Yankton, SD
8. Clive, IA
9. Danville, KY
10. Sheridan, WY