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Boerne has been named one of the top 10 small towns in the United States in a new national ranking.

The town northwest of San Antonio was ranked fourth by Livability.com, a national website that highlights more than 500 of America s best places to live and visit.

The Hill Country town offers inspiration through the natural beauty of the area s rivers, lakes, caves and trails, as well as the historic buildings, eclectic shops, restaurants and people, the site says.

Boerne s historic district includes about 30 shops, and the city has seven art galleries. The community turns out big numbers for events such as the Boerne Berges Fest celebrating the area s German heritage, the Harvest Moon Celebration and the Kendall County Fair.

Boerne is surrounded by wineries and home to the Dodging Duck Brewhaus, which makes unfiltered and unpasteurized beer. In fact, nearly half of Boerne's approximately 70 restaurants are independently owned and operated.

Livability.com editors narrowed down 500 cities to those with 25,000 or fewer residents, then looked at median household incomes and home prices, crime rates, unemployment rates, average commutes and distances to large cities. They also considered the quantity and quality of each town s lifestyle advantages.

Top 10 Small Towns:

1. Papillion, NE
2. Golden, CO
3. Brattleboro, VT
4. Boerne, TX
5. Chardon, OH
6. Bedford, VA
7. Yankton, SD
8. Clive, IA
9. Danville, KY
10. Sheridan, WY

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