30 Best Small Cities in the United States

Big, crowded cities don’t have a monopoly on cultural offerings. If you’re looking to visit (or move to) a place that flows to a slower pace and has a lower cost of living, these towns under 100,000 residents still have plenty to cool things to do.

1 of 30 Aspen, CO (pop. 6,871)

Originally founded as a silver mining community, Aspen has transitioned into a world-renowned ski resort. Real estate prices have skyrocketed as jet setters and millionaires buy vacation homes in the area, but those high prices aren’t what make Aspen one of the best small cities. It has beautiful landscapes, an outdoor lifestyle culture, and the state’s top-performing high school are to thank for the honor.

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