Do you ever want to go where everybody knows your name and they are always glad you came? If so, don’t waste time looking for a Boston-area bar filled with quirky clientele. Instead, a small town might be what you’re after; a place where all the faces are familiar and the town’s beauty is only outclassed by its charm. Not any small town will do, however, you need to head to one of America’s happiest small towns, as defined by Zippia.
Small town American life has been idyllically depicted in television and movies for years, and this list of the ten happiest small towns in the country are sure to be as close to the fictional worlds of Andy Griffith’s Mayberry or the Beav’s Mayfield as one can get.
As Realtor.com reports, Zippia looked at things like the percentage of residents with at least a bachelor’s degree, a job, and a short commute to work. All of the small towns have between 2,000 and 10,000 residents and low poverty rates in surrounding areas.
With all of this in mind, what is the happiest small town in America? Frontenac, Mo., a St. Louis suburb that features good schools, high-end boutiques and restaurants, and a median home price of $844,000.
Oak Hill, Tenn. (a community without a single store located within it), Glendale, Mo., Grimes, Iowa, and New Albany, Ohio, round out the top five. Meanwhile, Medina, Wash. has the highest median home price on the list coming in at a whopping $3,080,000. I t might not come as a surprise, then, to learn that Bill and Melinda Gates and Jeff Bezos are both residents in this small suburb just across Lake Washington from Seattle.
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