Naples, FL Named In Top 20 Small Towns in America

Smithsonian Magazine recently announced their list of the top 20 best small towns in America.

To help create the list, the magazine asked the geographic information systems company Esri to search its data bases for high concentrations of museums, historic sites, botanic gardens, resident orchestras, art galleries and other cultural assets common to big cities.

The focus was on towns with populations less than 25,000, so travelers could experience what might be called enlightened good times in an unhurried, charming setting.

The two Florida cities were listed in the magazine’s rankings.

Naples was ranked No. 9 on the strength of its beauty, philharmonic orchestra and an abundance of art galleries. Key West, which the magazine calls a “haven for creativity,” came in at No. 16.

The full list
1. Great Barrington, Mass.
2. Taos, N.M.
3. Red Bank, N.J.
4. Mill Valley, Calif.
5. Gig Harbor, Wash.
6. Durango, Colo.
7. Butler, Penn.
8. Marfa, Texas
9. Naples, Fla.
10. Staunton, Va.
11. Brattleboro, Vt.
12. Princeton, N.J.
13. Brunswick, Maine
14. Siloam Springs, Ark.
15. Menomonie, Wisc.
16. Key West, Fla.
17. Laguna Beach, Calif.
18. Ashland, Ore.
19. Tamarack, W.Va.
20. Oxford, Miss.

Both cities are easy to get with downtown Naples a 45 minute drive from South Fort Myers and Key West a 3.5 boat ride aboard the Key West Express leaving from Fort Myers Beach.

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