Redmond rated nation's 5th best small city to live in

Redmond rated nation's 5th best small city to live in »Play Video
REDMOND, Wash. -- The home of Microsoft has made an impressive showing in a survey of the nation's best small cities to live in.

Money Magazine just ranked the city as No. 5 on its list of top small cities in the country to live.

"It's a great place to raise kids," said resident Maryanne Elake. "I know in our neighborhood it feels like when I was growing up when all the kids are playing outside and wait for the ice cream man to come by in his truck."

Others say the climate also makes Redmond almost perfect.

"The limited amount of hot days, and if you get used to the rain, that's good too," said Brian Warris.

Money says Redmond's great schools, and low crime rate are some of the reasons the town is rated so high.

And of course, being home to Microsoft, the software giant brings in many new faces with diverse backgrounds.

"There are a lot cultures represented and our children are growing up with that experience, but yet we're not in the middle of a big city," Elake said.

Bellevue came in at No. 40. Those were the only two cities in Washington to make the list. (Note, the magazine alternates between ranking small cities and small towns each year. Three small towns in Washington (Mukilteo, Newcastle and Sammamish) made the Top 100 list in 2011, ranking in the top 20.)

See the entire list for 2012.