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Clive, IA Named a Top 10 Small Town by

Posted September 24, 2012 in Clive, Community Web Exclusives

Franklin, Tenn. – Clive has been named a Top 10 Small Town by, a national website that highlights more than 500 of America’s best places to live and visit.

The fictional TV town of Mayberry still represents the ideal small town – a close-knit community with low crime, a slower pace and wholesome fun. For the Top 10 Small Towns list, editors set out to uncover the Mayberrys of 2012 – places where life can still be simple, quiet and complete, but with more places for residents to gather other than the local barber shop.

Editors narrowed down 500 cities on to those with 25,000 or fewer residents. They then looked at median household incomes and home prices, crime rates, unemployment rates, average commutes and distances to large cities. They also considered the quantity and quality of each town’s lifestyle advantages.

“At, our mission is to highlight those great places in between the big cities. You won’t find New York or Los Angeles on the website, but you will find towns with desirable quality of life amenities, such as natural beauty, a thriving arts and cultural scene, ample outdoor recreation and a solid business climate,” said John Hood, spokesman.

Residents in Clive enjoy proximity to big-city style of Des Moines with the seclusion and connectedness to the area’s natural beauty. Besides great geography, Clive has some of the most desirable neighborhoods in the Des Moines area, and its Greenbelt Trail system stretches across the city and connects to walking and bike paths. Clive’s Aquatic Center includes a lazy river, lap pool, water slides and kids’ splash area. Clive is also home to more than 600 businesses, including the American Cancer Society, Dahl’s, Holmes Automotive Group and Iowa Pork Producers. Read more.

Top 10 Small Towns
1. Papillion, NE
2. Golden, CO
3. Brattleboro, VT
4. Boerne, TX
5. Chardon, OH
6. Bedford, VA
7. Yankton, SD
8. Clive, IA
9. Danville, KY
10. Sheridan, WY

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