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Photos: Three Colorado places in Money's top 25 best small towns list

Money Magazine has just released its list of the fifty best small towns in America -- places that "are not only thriving economically," but have "also got all you could want in a place to raise a family: plenty of green space, good schools, and a strong sense of community." And three Colorado communities made the top 25, with one landing at number two. Look below for the countdown, complete with photos of assorted gems and data about population and median home prices, just in case you'd like to pull up stakes.

25. Draper, UT -- 43,974 -- $292,552

24. Firestone, CO -- 10,629 -- $217,500

A Colorado sunset as seen from Firestone.
A Colorado sunset as seen from Firestone.
Flickr Creative Commons/memekode

23. Merrimack, NH -- 25,686 -- $184,764

Merrimack, New Hampshire.
Merrimack, New Hampshire.
Flickr Creative Commons/Ryan Glenn (gongus)

22. Waukee, IA -- 14,945 -- $179,000

21. Savage, MN -- 27,711 -- $230,393

Continue to keep counting down Money's top 25 best small towns list, with more Colorado communities to come.

20. The Colony, TX -- 39,055 -- $135,863

19. Newcastle, WA -- 10,723 -- $461,250

Newcastle, Washington.
Newcastle, Washington.
Flickr Creative Commons/Rachel Sarai

18. Westfield, IN -- 31,857 -- $176,250

17. Apple Valley, MN -- 49,863 -- $179,000

16. Hillsborough, NJ -- 38,828 -- $340,000

Hillsborough, New Jersey.
Hillsborough, New Jersey.
Flickr Creative Commons/Anthony Quintano

Continue to keep counting down Money's top 25 best small towns list, with more Colorado communities to come.

15. Shrewsbury, MA -- 36,048 -- $288,250

14. Farmington, UT -- 19,135 -- $281,047

Near Farmington, Utah.
Near Farmington, Utah.
Flickr Creative Commons/coty creighton

13. Montville, NJ -- 21,715 -- $470,000

12. Parker, CO -- 47,790 -- $285,500

Welcome to Parker.
Welcome to Parker.
Flickr Creative Commons/makelessnoise

11. Westford, MA -- 22,407 -- $389,225

Continue to keep counting down Money's top 25 best small towns list, with more Colorado communities to come.

10. West Goshen Township, PA -- 22,421 -- $321,500

9. Apex, NC -- 40,205 -- $225,000

Apex, North Carolina.
Apex, North Carolina.
Flickr Creative Commons/Donald Lee Pardue

8. Papillion, NE -- 19,837 -- $141,000

7. Mason, OH -- 31,761 -- $176,500

Mason, Ohio.
Mason, Ohio.
Flickr Creative Commons/Tim Creque (TimJC513)

6. Berkeley Heights, NJ -- 13,345 -- $474,000

Continue to keep counting down Money's top 25 best small towns list, with more Colorado communities to come.

5. Sherwood, OR -- 18,736 -- $243,538

4. Chanhassen, MN -- 23,685 -- $201,500

Chanhassen, Minnesota.
Chanhassen, Minnesota.
Flickr Creative Commons/NOAA Photo Library

3. Vienna, VA -- 16,285 -- $550,000

2. Louisville, CO -- 18,924 -- $368,110

Louisville looking lovely.
Louisville looking lovely.
Flickr Creative Commons/Mark Cooper (MarcCooperUK)

1. Sharon, MA -- 17,944 -- $375,000

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