America's Best Small Cities

Money Magazine lists the top 20 best 'small cities' (pop. 50,000 to 300,000). Located in all corners of the U.S., these cities offer small town charm with big city amenities.

Overwhelmingly suburban, Money's recently released list of America's Best Places to Live 2012 ranks America's best small cities, with populations between 50,000 and 300,000. Most of the cities lie within an hour's drive of a major city: Irvine, California, outside of Los Angeles; Overland Park, Kansas, outside of Kansas City; and McKinney, Texas, outside of Dallas.

Combining great schools, low crime, and quality health care, with big city economic strength and urban amenities, these 20 small cities rank as Money's best in the nation.

Full Story: Best Places to Live 2012


Prepare for the AICP* Exam

Join the thousands of students who have utilized the Planetizen AICP* Exam Preparation Class to prepare for the American Planning Association's AICP* exam.
Starting at $245
Book cover of the Guide to Graduate Planning Programs 4th Edition

Thinking about Grad School?

The Planetizen Guide to Graduate Urban Planning Programs is the only comprehensive ranking and listing of graduate urban planning programs available.
Starting at $24.95
Woman wearing city map tote bag

City Shoulder Totes - New Cities Added!

Durable CityFabric© shoulder tote bags available from 9 different cities.

Build Your Own Paper Block City

Urban Fold is an all-inclusive kit that allows anyone to build the city of their dreams with a few simple folds.