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Best Places to Live in 2012

Best Places to Live in the US in 2012In addition to the "Top Earning Towns" list released this week by CNN Money, the annual "Best Places to Live" rankings have also been released. If you are relocating soon you may want to take a peek and see if your new city lands on this list.

This year's results were a bit surprising, especially the top 25. While the Washington D.C. area continued to rank well, it was the only 'usual suspect' to do so. This years top 25 cities were dominated by three, less publicized, metropolitan markets: Minneapolis-Saint Paul, Indianapolis and Dallas. It's also worth noting that both Newton, MA and Ellicott City, MD were also ranked in the top 15 as "Top Earning Towns".

RankLocationPopulationMetropolitan Area
1 Carmel, IN 80,100 Indianapolis
2 McKinney, TX 136,100 Dallas
3 Eden Prairie, MN 61,200 Minneapolis-Saint Paul
4 Newton, MA 84,700 Boston
5 Redmond, WA 55,200 Seattle
6 Irvine, CA 213,600 Orange County
7 Reston, VA 60,300 Washington D.C.
8 Columbia/Ellicott City, MD 100,700 Baltimore
9 Overland Park, KS 175,300 Kansas City
10 Chapel Hill, NC 59,000 Raleigh-Durham
11 Woodbury, MN 63,600 Minneapolis-Saint Paul
12 Fishers, IN 78,600 Indianapolis
13 Allen, TX 83,700 Dallas
14 Eagan, MN 64,700 Minneapolis-Saint Paul
15 Parsippany-Troy Hills, NJ 53,200 Newark-NYC
16 Castle Rock, CO 52,500 Denver
17 Centreville, VA 72,900 Washington D.C.
18 South Jordan, UT 52,700 Salt Lake City
19 Lakeville, MN 56,700 Minneapolis-Saint Paul
20 Waldorf, MD 69,400 Washington D.C.
21 Highlands Ranch, CO 95,900 Denver
22 Maple Grove, MN 61,800 Minneapolis-Saint Paul
23 Gaithersburg, MD 63,400 Washington D.C.
24 Germantown, MD 88,000 Washington D.C.
25 Franklin, NJ 62,600 Newark

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