Here's what Forbes said about the town of 17,800: "Situated west of the Twin Cities, this historic small surburban city hosts an array of festivals and throughout the year including Hopkins Mainstreet Days and the annual Raspberry Festival, which offers sporting events, live music and a parade. Despite a low rate of homeownership, Hopkins has a low crime rate compared to the rest of the country."
No. 1 was Sammamish, Wash.
Forbes teamed with Nextdoor.com, a social network for neighborhoods, to examine data from a variety of sources about 500 small metros (5,500 to 150,000). They looked at four areas in particular: percentage of owner-occupied homes (studies have shown a direct correlation between homeownership and neighborhood stability); the crime rate; charitable giving; and the percentage of college graduates (research has found that college-educated residents typically display more civic engagement, with higher rates of voting and volunteering).
Here's more about how the survey was done.