#30. Naperville, Illinois
- Population: 146,431
- Median home value: $398,500 (75% own)
- Median rent: $1,415 (25% rent)
- Median household income: $114,014
Naperville, a short commute to Chicago, is consistently recognized as one of the Midwest’s safest cities. Edward Hospital is equally esteemed, ranked as one of the nation’s best medical facilities. The Naperville Riverwalk is a favorite meeting point for locals.
#29. Plano, Texas
- Population: 281,566
- Median home value: $271,300 (61% own)
- Median rent: $1,243 (39% rent)
- Median household income: $88,578
Frito-Lay and Dr. Pepper are two of dozens of companies headquartered in Plano. This Dallas outpost has a strong concentration of Chinese Americans and a vibrant downtown arts scene. Each year, residents flock to the Plano Balloon Festival.
#28. Troy, Michigan
- Population: 83,336
- Median home value: $269,800 (73% own)
- Median rent: $1,110 (27% rent)
- Median household income: $93,017
Events like a Halloween 5K run and Winter Wonderland provide a communal feel to this growing suburb of Detroit. Oakland/Troy Airport serves business travelers, while Interstate 75 leads directly into Detroit. The Stage Nature Center is a hub for all things outdoors in Troy.
#27. The Woodlands, Texas
- Population: 109,608
- Median home value: $351,000 (72% own)
- Median rent: $1,509 (28% rent)
- Median household income: $115,083
A short drive from Sugar Land, The Woodlands beats out its Texas neighbor with a community of villages developed specifically around good schools, nature, and prime housing. Halliburton and Chevron are among the companies with large campuses in the Woodlands. Recreationally, a koi garden and boathouse are a few of the highlights in the city.
#26. Birmingham, Michigan
- Population: 20,836
- Median home value: $467,700 (75% own)
- Median rent: $1,414 (25% rent)
- Median household income: $114,537
Birmingham’s summer concert series, golf courses, and ice rinks provide a variety of entertainment options for residents. With Birmingham’s central location between Pontiac and Detroit, many commuters have settled in this small town.
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#25. Chesterfield, Missouri
- Population: 47,660
- Median home value: $360,400 (77% own)
- Median rent: $1,142 (23% rent)
- Median household income: $99,848
While there are many nearby wonders in St. Louis, few of the big city’s attractions are as specific as Chesterfield’s Butterfly House, a butterfly zoo that opened in 1998. One of Chesterfield’s most famous former residents is pitcher Max Scherzer, who recently won a World Series title with the Washington Nationals.
#24. Dublin, Ohio
- Population: 44,442
- Median home value: $357,900 (77% own)
- Median rent: $1,307 (23% rent)
- Median household income: $128,916
Among golfers, Dublin, Ohio, is recognizable as the site of the annual Memorial tournament. Jack Nicklaus created the tournament and designed the Village Golf Club where the event takes place—Nicklaus grew up about 10 miles away in Upper Arlington. Dublin also has a sizable Japanese American population and holds a Dublin Japanese Festival.
#23. Leawood, Kansas
- Population: 34,195
- Median home value: $431,000 (91% own)
- Median rent: $1,363 (9% rent)
- Median household income: $151,446
Leawood is located next to another entry on this list, Overland Park. Leawood is known for being the headquarters of AMC Theatres and its proximity to Kansas City. For art lovers, Leawood has a bustling public art initiative.
[Pictured: AMC Headquarters in Leawood, KS.]
#22. Mt. Lebanon Township, Pennsylvania
- Population: 32,760
- Median home value: $244,800 (73% own)
- Median rent: $861 (27% rent)
- Median household income: $91,748
Farming and coal were key industries in Mt. Lebanon Township’s early history. Much of old Mt. Lebanon can still be seen in the Mt. Lebanon Historic District, which is on the National Register of Historic Places. Locals can learn more about the ins and outs of the township through Mt. Lebanon’s own magazine, which is produced 10 times a year.
#21. Creve Coeur, Missouri
- Population: 18,259
- Median home value: $363,000 (69% own)
- Median rent: $1,187 (31% rent)
- Median household income: $101,462
Creve Coeur used to be synonymous with Monsanto, but a 2018 acquisition by Bayer put the future of the agricultural company town in doubt. However, Bayer is now filling the job gap in Creve Coeur, keeping this St. Louis suburb (which is near Chesterfield) on the upswing. Among those who have called Creve Coeur home is actor Jon Hamm, who grew up in the small town.
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