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MONEY reveals the 2013 list of MONEY’s Best Places to Live in America

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Sharon, MA Tops the List at Number One

(Monday, August 12, 2013) - Today, MONEY reveals the 2013 list of MONEY’s Best Places to Live in America, highlighting small towns across the country with populations of 10,000-50,000. For the annual cover story, on sale Friday, August 16, MONEY looked for places with the optimal combination of economic strength, job growth, affordability, good schools, diversity, health care, a strong sense of community and more.

Sharon, Massachusetts tops this year's list at number one. Nestled among three large employment hubs, this New England town is surrounded by a wealth of good jobs in addition to great schools, a diverse population and a small town feel. MONEY editors write, "While express trains from town whisk commuters to Boston or Providence in a half-hour, this onetime summer resort has the natural beauty of a more remote place. Forty percent of the town remains open space… It has seven synagogues, nine churches, and one of New England’s largest Islamic mosques. Nearly 30% of students in public school are nonwhite, and 18% speak a language other than English at home… Sharon’s property taxes are lower than those of nearby towns with comparable schools… The town center is lined with local businesses... [and] there are plans to create Sharon Commons, a walkable retail, dining, and housing complex." Sharon, which has a population of 17,944 and a local unemployment rate of 5.8%, ranked at #11 on the Best Places to Live list in 2011, when MONEY last ranked small towns.

MONEY’s 2013 Top Ten List:

1. Sharon, MA
2. Louisville, CO
3. Vienna, VA
4. Chanhassen, MN
5. Sherwood, OR
6. Berkeley Heights, NJ
7. Mason, Ohio
8. Papillion, NE
9. Apex, NC
10. West Goshen Township, PA

See MONEY's top 50 Best Places to Live in America here:

This year, MONEY also names the 10 "Best big-city neighborhoods" in America, including: Park Slope, New York; Silver Lake, Los Angeles; Lakeview, Chicago; Houston Heights, Houston; Pacific Beach, San Diego; Lakewood, Dallas and more.

See more on the Best Places to Live from CNNMoney:

25 Top-earning towns - These towns from the Best Places database have the highest incomes. Scarsdale, NY tops this year's list of affluent towns, with a hefty median family income over $290,000.

25 Best places for job growth - These counties have enjoyed the most job growth recently. In Columbia County, GA, job growth from 2010-2012 was a sweet 14.1%.

25 Best places for the rich and single - In these affluent towns, singles are abundant. In University Park, TX, for example, nearly 33% of the population is unattached, and median family income is a whopping $190,000.

25 Best places for affordable homes - Residents who buy real estate in these cities from the Best Places database see their incomes go the furthest. In No. 1 Altamonte Springs, FL, for example, you can buy a home for just a few thousand more than many families in the area make in a year.

Best home deals in the top 10 towns - Get a home in one of Money's Best Places to Live for as much as $200,000 off.

-20 least crowded towns:
-25 youngest:
-15 quickest commutes:
-10 hottest:

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How MONEY finds the Best Places to Live in America:

Using statistics from data services company Onboard Informatics, we crunched the numbers in order to zero in on America's best small towns for families. (Last year, we looked at small cities, with populations between 50,000 and 300,000.) Here's how:

1,326: Start with all U.S. towns with populations of 10,000 to 50,000.

846: Screen out places with a median family income of more than 200% or less than 85% of the state average; those with more than 95% of one race; and those with poor education and crime scores.

622: Exclude retirement communities and towns with major job losses. Rank the rest using job growth, housing appreciation and affordability, safety, schools, health care, arts and leisure, diversity, and ease of living.

60: Factor in more data on the economy, jobs, real estate, and health care. Give the most weight to economic and housing factors. Limit list to three places per state, one per county, and sort to represent all regions evenly.

36: Visit towns and interview residents; assess traffic, parks, and gathering places; and consider intangibles like community spirit.

1: Select the winner based on the data and reporting.

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Monday, August 12, 2013