May 27, 2018

The 10 Best Small and Midsize Downtowns

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The 10 Best Small and Midsize Downtowns

Many of America’s downtowns have seen a resurgence in recent years, particularly in small and midsized towns. Downtowns are becoming not only a thriving place to hang out but also offering more housing options, affordability, and diversity.

Read more: No Parking, No Problem recently selected the “best downtowns of 2016,” scanning data of more than 2,000 small to mid-size cities to find the places with the lowest vacancy rates, new development, cultural attractions, affordability, among other factors.

“Having a great downtown is about more than just great stores and great restaurants,” says Matt Carmichael, editor of “Great cities need great spaces to gather. These cities and towns are wonderful places to get out and engage with your friends, family, and other residents.”

The top 10 best downtowns of 2016, according to, are:

  1. Alexandria, Va.
  2. Santa Monica, Calif.
  3. Greenville, S.C.
  4. Bellevue, Wash.
  5. Pittsburgh
  6. Boise, Idaho
  7. Tempe, Ariz.
  8. Plano, Texas
  9. Colorado Springs, Colo.
  10. Evanston, Ill.

Source: “Ranked: Top 10 Best Downtowns of 2016,” RISMedia (March 7, 2016)