2015 Top 100 Best Small Towns

Big stories can happen in small places. Our annual 10 Best Small Towns in America list has been a popular index, but we always wished we could highlight more than 10 communities each year. After all, the reason we produce this list is to shine a light on cities and towns that are often in the shadows of the big metropolises. So, we’re pleased to present our inaugural super-sized 100 Best Places to Live: Small Towns edition.

To create this list, we used a modified version of the robust methodology we developed with the Martin Prosperity Institute for our annual Livability 100. We examined more than 40 data points each for more than 12,000 towns with populations between 1,000 and 20,000. These scores were weighted based on an exclusive survey conducted for Livability by the leading global market research firm, Ipsos Public Affairs. These cities and towns allow for the tight-knit communities key to small-town living coupled with the amenities you’d expect in larger cities.

We hope you enjoy (in more ways than one) the 100 Best Small Towns in America.

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Our annual small towns rankings expands to offer 100 of the best small towns in the U.S.

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. Lebanon , NH
Population 1324201
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. Los Alamos , NM
Population 2084117
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. Durango , CO
Population 5278906
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. St. Augustine , FL
Population 19645772
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. Bar Harbor , ME
Population 1329100
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. Louisville , CO
Population 5278906
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. Hood River , OR
Population 3939233
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. Spearfish , SD
Population 843190
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. Sebastopol , CA
Population 38421464
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. Port Angeles , WA
Population 6985464
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. Traverse City , MI
Population 9900571
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. Los Alamitos , CA
Population 38421464
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. Jackson , WY
Population 579679
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. Arcata , CA
Population 38421464
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. Montpelier , VT
Population 626604
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. Carlisle, PA
Population 12779559
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. Falls Church , VA
Population 8256630
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