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Americans are moving downtown. But not all of them are going to major metropolitan areas.

With that in mind, Livability recently ranked the top 10 best downtowns in smaller and mid-sized towns.

“Having a great downtown is about more than just great stores and great restaurants. A great downtown needs people,” said Matt Carmichael, editor of

“Great cities need great spaces to gather. These cities and towns are wonderful places to get out and engage with your friends, family and other residents.”

Evanston ranked no. 10 among a list of more than 200 downtown areas.