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Study: NJ city named best small city in the country

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A New Jersey city has been named the best small city based on its affordability, economic health, education and personal health, quality of life and safety, according to financial advising website WalletHub.com.

The website recently published a study comparing 1,200 U.S. cities with populations between 25,000 and 100,000 people and 33 markers of livability.

Princeton was named No. 1 on WalletHub's list of the best small city in the country. Westfield, which ranked No. 19, also made the lists Top 20.

The Top 10 small cities in the country, based on WalletHub’s methodology are listed below:


  1. Princeton, NJ
  2. Lexington, MA
  3. Leadwod, KS
  4. Milton, MA
  5. Brentwood, TN
  6. Los Altos, CA
  7. Carmel, IN
  8. Needham, MA
  9. Holly Springs, NC
  10. Littleton, CO


“For our sample, we selected cities with population sizes between 25,000 and 100,000 and considered only the ‘city proper’ in each case, excluding cities in the surrounding metro area," WalletHub said in its study.

"We then evaluated the five dimensions using 33 relevant metrics. Each metric was graded on a 100-point scale, with a score of 100 representing the most favorable conditions for small-city residents.”

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