5 Massachusetts communities named among 20 best small cities in America

LEXINGTON, Mass. — Five Massachusetts communities have been named among the 20 best small cities in America in a new ranking.

WalletHub on Tuesday released its “2023′s Best Small Cities in America” report, which compared more than 1,300 U.S. cities with populations between 25,000 and 100,000 across 45 key indicators of livability, including affordability, economic health, education and health, quality of life, and safety.

With one-third of the population saying that they’d prefer to live in a suburban area, the personal finance website set out to “help Americans put down roots in places offering good quality of life and affordability.”

Lexington, Milton, Melrose, Needham, and Arlington all represented Massachusetts on the list, ranking inside the top 20.

The top small cities were ranked as follows:

  1. Carmel, Indiana
  2. Lexington, Massachusetts
  3. Brentwood, Tennessee
  4. Westfield, Indiana
  5. Fishers, Indiana
  6. Fair Lawn, New Jersey
  7. Milton, Massachusetts
  8. Melrose, Massachusetts
  9. Saratoga Springs, New York
  10. Brookfield, Wisconsin
  11. Bozeman, Montana
  12. Apex, North Carolina
  13. Redmond, Washington
  14. Needham, Massachusetts
  15. Kaysville, Utah
  16. Zionsville, Indiana
  17. Appleton, Wisconsin
  18. Portland, Maine
  19. Franklin, Tennessee
  20. Arlington, Massachusetts

Many other Massachusetts cities were ranked among the 1,300 analyzed by WalletHub.

To view the full ranking, click here.

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