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Small town living at its best in D.C. metro region

Tuesday - 8/16/2011, 3:26am  ET

WASHINGTON - Of all the small towns across this nation, only a handful can say they're the best place to live, at least by CNNMoney standards.

But this year in the 7th annual "America's best small towns" list, the D.C. region makes an appearance seven times.

Of the 100 towns, Leesburg, Va. makes the top five for its "proximity to plenty of good jobs not just in government but also in defense contracting, consulting, and technology."

CNNMoney does note that commuting from this historic town can be a nightmare, but the trade-offs are worth it.

"Many antebellum red-brick buildings still stand, now filled with restaurants and art galleries," Money says.

Below is a video courtesy of the Town of Leesburg:

Also making Money's list are Herndon, Va. (34), Montclair, Va. (35), Oakton, Va. (36), Montgomery Village, Md.(40), Manassas Park, Va. (56) and Crofton, Md.(82).

Herndon is described as a "diverse little town" that provides a "great base to explore the many jobs in the area."

Montclair is described as the unincorporated area that "offers residents plenty of commutable jobs plus lots of wide-open space."

Oakton is cited for the hundreds of tall oak trees from which the town gets its name and the rolling countryside.

Montgomery Village is the highest ranking small town from Maryland. It's called a "compelling choice for professionals looking for job opportunities."

Manassas Park makes the list for having one of Virginia's lowest unemployment rates and a diverse population.

The second Maryland community to make the list, Crofton, is cited for its planned community around a scenic 3.5-mile loop that includes two elementary schools, the town hall and a country club.

CNNMoney says the 100 towns that made the list were chosen for "great job opportunities, top-notch schools, safe streets, economic strength, nice weather, plenty to do, and more."

Since naming the top 100, Money is now asking readers to rank their favorites. Readers can "Like" their favorite town. In that poll, Leesburg is No. 2 with 197 "Likes" by Monday afternoon. It falls behind Louisville, Colo. with 395 "Likes."

WTOP's Hank Silverberg contributed to this report. Follow WTOP on Twitter.

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