The three Nebraska communities are Kearney, ranking 23rd; Columbus, ranking 41st; and Norfolk, ranking 66th.
Best Small Cities in America
Goldilocks wasn’t the only one searching for something that’s “just right.” When looking for a place to live, many Americans want a location that isn’t too big or too small.
If urban centers such as New York and Los Angeles are overwhelming and rural towns are too sleepy, there are many small cities across the U.S. that could be the perfect fit.
NerdWallet crunched the numbers to find the best small cities in America — places that hit the mark in three key areas: economic health, affordability and quality of life. To do this, we looked at over 1,300 cities with less than 75,000 residents and used data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey.
Midwest is best. The low cost of living, reasonable commutes and economies boosted by jobs in health care, education and technology manufacturing helped cities in the Midwest perform well.
College towns rule. Many cities in the top 10 are home to at least one college or university. Others have a mix of public, private and technical schools. These institutions are a draw for residents and employers.
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