6 Best Small US Cities for Families Congrats to Wylie, Texas By Arden Dier, Newser Staff Posted Aug 4, 2016 8:52 AM CDT 23 comments Comments Children play at a bible school at Wylie United Methodist Church in Texas. (Nellie Doneva/The Abilene Reporter-News via AP) (Newser) – If you’re looking for small-town living, Texas is the place to be. Six of the top 10 small US cities for families, with populations under 100,000, are in the Lone Star State, according to a NerdWallet ranking. It looks at factors like affordability, income, crime, and the quality of education. The top six: Wylie, Texas Spring Hill, Tenn. Leander, Texas Bentonville, Ark. Carmel, Ind. Pearland, Texas Click for the full list, or a list of the best big US cities to call home.