The Top 10 Best Small U.S. Cities May Surprise You

October 30, 2019
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Dorothy may not be in Kansas anymore, but she should be, according to a ranking of the best small cities in 2019 by WalletHub. After analyzing affordability, education, economy and 39 other livability elements, Leawood, Kansas came out on top. Read on to see which other small cities have a big personality and affordable price tag.

Do you adore living in a city, but cringe at the sky-high cost of housing there—or even whether you'll be able to find a nice place for dinner and drinks? Then the perfect compromise may be to steer clear of the big cities and head toward a small city instead—starting with Leawood, KS.

Located about 10 miles south of Kansas City, Leawood, with a population of just under 35,000, was recently ranked 2019’s best small city in America by WalletHub.

More than 1,200 cities with populations between 25,000 and 100,000 were analyzed based on 42 elements of livability, including economic health, education, quality of life, safety, plus the existence of amenities typically associated with big cities (e.g., the density of restaurants and coffee shops).

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