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The Tri-Valley Makes WalletHub’s Top 10 Small Cities List

WalletHub's 2019 Best Small Cities List


WalletHub’s Best Small Cities List was recently released, revealing it’s 2019 ranking of more than 1,200 small cities around the nation with populations between 25,000 and 100,000 people.

Based on metrics like affordability, economic health, education and health, quality of life, and safety, it’s no surprise that each city represented by Visit Tri-Valley made California’s Top 10 Small Cities list.

Here are the top cities in California that made WalletHub’s Best Small Cities in America List. Click each town to find out more about it!

Downtown Pleasanton arch at nighttime

Pleasanton, CA

The City of Pleasanton embodies the perfect example of “Local California” with its walkable downtown, al fresco dining, boutiques on board sidewalks, and Meadowlark Dairy the only drive-thru stop on the award-winning Tri-Valley Ice Cream Trail. The welcoming banner over Main Street, in front of the Museum on Main, is the perfect spot to snap a photo.

Water slides at The Wave waterpark in Dublin, CA.

Dublin, CA

One of the fastest growing cities in California, Dublin is home to some of the best ethnic cuisine in the Bay Area. From Afghan to Indian, Thai to Chinese, you’ll question your GPS when you treat your taste buds to the many authentic restaurants that abound in “America’s Backyard”. Come see for yourself why Dublin was voted one of the best places to live in America. 

Bicyclist in Del Valle Regional Park in Livermore, CA

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Livermore, CA

The City of Livermore is home to geniuses, cowboys, and wine aficionados. Downtown Livermore is an award-winning example of a revitalized city center filled with live entertainment, fun restaurants and one-of-a-kind shops. Try a tour on an electric bike and don’t forget to do some paddle boarding around Lake Del Valle while you’re here.


Danville, CA

Danville’s adorable downtown offers the perfect blend of upscale amenities and small-town charm. The town hosts an array of events throughout the year, from Farmers’ Markets to street fairs to the famous lighting of the Old Oak Tree. Movie buffs will recognize Bridges, the restaurant made famous by the hilarious Heimlich scene in the movie, Mrs. Doubtfire.