2010’s Best Places To Live: Safe, Small (Somewhat Expensive)

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Yesterday, Money magazine announced its annual list of the 100 Best Places to Live, delving into the desires of the American settler’s psyche.Topping this year’s list is Eden Prairie, Minn., a family-friendly town with a population of 64,000 and an unemployment rate almost a full point below the national average. What’s not to love?

In the face of a battered economy, it’s not surprising that Americans value simple landscapes with solid schools and job security – comfort in place of excitement, more Mayberry than Sex and the City. In all, 18 of the top 25 of Money‘s list are towns with under 100,000 people, not a huge difference from the rankings from five years ago, but instead focusing more on affordable home prices, job security and school system strength than say, commuting time.

Read the full list of the Best Places to Live 2010 here