Top 20 Small Towns in the West

Sunset Magazine

How many city folk out there long for the quiet of a small town? If you're contemplating a move or are just interested in a weekend trip, take a look at Sunset's list of the top 20 small towns in the West.

They've been organized by interest, and a whopping 16 are located in the Pacific Northwest. Click on the links for further information regarding population size and average cost of housing. Here's the breakdown...


Best eco-friendly small towns:


  • Corvallis, OR

  • Boulder, CO

  • Pal Alto, CA

  • Salt Lake City, UT

  • Truckee, CA



Best small-town foodie havens:

  • Walla Walla, WA

  • McMinnville, OR

  • Ojai, CA

  • Woodinville, WA

  • Yountville, CA



Best beach towns:

  • Capitola, CA

  • Astoria, OR

  • Del Mar, CA

  • Hanalei, Kauai, HI

  • Homer, AK



Best towns for getting outdoors:

  • Moab, UT

  • Downieville, CA

  • Hood River, OR

  • Kamuela, Big Island, HI

  • Lander, WY

What would you add?


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