Top 10 Places to Live in 2011

Last Updated Aug 24, 2011 1:52 PM EDT

CNN Money recently released its list of the Top 100 Places to Live. It's comprised of family-friendly small towns that offer great job opportunities, good schools, low crime rates, nice weather and plenty to do. And, despite the stagnant housing market and the lingering effects of the Great Recession, these locations have surprisingly steady economies.

While small-town living might not be for everyone, those looking to escape the big city will certainly appreciate the quiet charm of these "country" getaways.

What are the top 10 places to live in the U.S.? Click through the slideshow to find out!

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