In the past year, Movoto Real Estate has ranked cities of all sizes across a variety of criteria — some serious and some decidedly not. Recently, we took a look at the 10 best suburbs in the country, but these were mostly larger cities centered around the 25 biggest metro areas in the nation. For our latest ranking, we’re going smaller in scale and shedding some light on the 10 best small cities in America to move to.
We created this list based on demographic and other data we collected about 100 cities with populations of less than 60,000. Six criteria in total were surveyed:
- Cost of living
- Median household income
- Unemployment rate
- Median home price
- Homes for sale per capita
To search these, we turned to the Census, Bureau of Labor Statistics, FBI and our own real estate market data. The cities were first ranked from 1 to 100 in each individual criterion, with 1 being best, then these scores were averaged to produce a final ranking.
Below, you’ll find details on the economy, crime and housing markets of each city to give you more insight into why they ranked so high.
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