Here Are the 10 Best Small Cities in America

Sammamish in Wash. state ranks No. 1 on WalletHub's list
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 20, 2021 8:40 AM CDT
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The appealing city of Lexington, Mass., which comes in at No. 4 on WalletHub's list of best small cities.   (Getty Images/flySnow)

Maybe you're not into country living, but the hustle and bustle of a major metropolis feels a bit too hectic. A smaller city may be just what you're looking for, and WalletHub has the details on which ones may suit you best. The site pulled out more than 1,300 cities with populations between 25,000 and 100,000, looking at more than three dozen metrics in five main categories: affordability, economic health (ie, job growth and the unemployment rate), education and health, safety, and quality of life—which looks at everything from average commute time to how many restaurants, bars, museums, and other recreational sites each city boasts. Massachusetts claims four of the top 10 smallish cities in America. Here, the rest:

  1. Sammamish, Wash.
  2. Carmel, Ind.
  3. Brentwood, Tenn.
  4. Lexington, Mass. (No. 1 in "education and health" category)
  5. Reading, Mass.
  6. Zionsville, Ind.
  7. Portland, Maine
  8. Milton, Mass.
  9. Melrose, Mass.
  10. Dublin, Ohio
Check out other options here. (These cities are where you should look if you're nearing retirement age.)

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