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Louisville, Colorado, named best small town

The town of Louisville, Colorado, between Boulder and Denver, has been named the top place to live by Money Magazine.

The town of Louisville, Colorado, between Boulder and Denver, has been named the top place to live by Money Magazine.

Moving trucks might soon be a common sight in Louisville, Colorado, if people relocate based on Money Magazine's advice. The publication recently ranked Louisville number one on its 2011 list of best small towns in America.

The towns in Money's top 10 all have certain things in common, including their proximity to major urban centers. In this respect, Louisville has the competition beat, as it is right between the Denver and Boulder metro areas, with easy access to the tech, aerospace and healthcare jobs in those cities. Louisville also stands out for its excellent schools, affordable real estate and abundant Rocky Mountain recreation options, such as biking and skiing.

With the exception of Mukilteo, Washington (9), all the other top 10 towns are located east of the Rockies. Milton, Massachusettes, outside Boston, took the second-place spot, as it boasts many of the same advantages as Louisville, except with higher taxes. New England was also represented on the list by Hanover, New Hampshire (6), home of Dartmouth University.

The Midwest dominated the top 10. Solon, Ohio, took third-place honors, followed by Papillion, Nebraska (5), Liberty, Missouri (7), Middleton, Wisconsin (8), and Chanhassen, Minnesota (10).

Midwestern towns are also the most affordable places in the country to live, according to a recent Forbes ranking. Sandusky, Ohio, took the number one spot on that list, and was joined in the top 10 by other towns in Ohio, Michigan and Indiana.