#20. Coppell, Texas
- Population: 41,138
- Median home value: $344,300 (72% own)
- Median rent: $1,268 (28% rent)
- Median household income: $119,936
Amazon and Samsung are two major corporations with facilities in Coppell. Combined with an easy commute to Dallas and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, Coppell became a hopping business hub. Coppell also won numerous awards for promoting healthy living, schools, and recreational opportunities for kids.
#19. Berkeley, California
- Population: 120,179
- Median home value: $861,800 (43% own)
- Median rent: $1,523 (57% rent)
- Median household income: $75,709
College students flood the streets of Berkeley, but kids have their niche in the city, too—Adventure Playground was created by kids, for kids. Adults can spend hours browsing the shelves at Moe’s Books or have a drink at the Takara Sake Museum. Coeds, kids, and adults alike can always check out a football game at California Memorial Stadium, where marching bands have rushed the field a bit too early.
#18. New Territory, Texas
- Population: 15,699
- Median home value: $276,800 (85% own)
- Median rent: $1,554 (15% rent)
- Median household income: $135,444
New Territory is a planned community within the City of Sugar Land. Formerly filled with pecan groves and sugarcane fields, today New Territory has 450 acres of lakes, parks, and recreation centers.
[Pictured: Brazos Bend Elementary School in the New Territory Neighborhood.]
#17. Cary, North Carolina
- Population: 159,715
- Median home value: $323,000 (69% own)
- Median rent: $1,133 (31% rent)
- Median household income: $97,755
Cary, located near North Carolina’s Research Triangle, has been called by some outlets as the safest city in America. The town hosts the North Carolina Courage of the National Women's Soccer League, and USA Baseball’s national training complex. Cary has its own public transportation system.
#16. Ann Arbor, Michigan
- Population: 119,303
- Median home value: $271,600 (46% own)
- Median rent: $1,166 (54% rent)
- Median household income: $61,247
Ann Arbor is the site of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library at the University of Michigan. There is a small municipal airport in town, but Ann Arbor is a fairly quick drive to Detroit Metropolitan Airport, as well. On fall Saturdays, more than 107,000 students and locals congregate at Michigan Stadium to watch Michigan Wolverines’ college football games.
[Pictured: University of Michigan Law School in Ann Arbor.]
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#15. Cinco Ranch, Texas
- Population: 18,200
- Median home value: $329,400 (83% own)
- Median rent: $1,365 (17% rent)
- Median household income: $141,992
Inside the planned community of Cinco Ranch in Katy, Texas, there are 11 pools. Residents also take advantage of a golf club and several trails and parks. Home-price values in Katy, which include part of Cinco Ranch, have skyrocketed in the Houston suburb that has been as one of the best places to live.
[Pictured: Cinco Ranch High School in Cinco Ranch, Texas.]
#14. Bloomfield Charter Township, Michigan
- Population: 41,969
- Median home value: $385,400 (87% own)
- Median rent: $1,313 (13% rent)
- Median household income: $123,086
Oakland Hills Country Club in Bloomfield hosts some of the biggest golf tournaments in the world, but the local skating club may be even more prestigious, having groomed several Olympians. Currently, the town has a AAA bond rating, showing a healthy tax base. Singer Aretha Franklin and actor-comedian Robin Williams fondly recalled living in Bloomfield.
[Pictured: Kirk in the Hills Church in Bloomfield Charter Township, MI.]
#13. Morrisville, North Carolina
- Population: 23,873
- Median home value: $304,500 (49% own)
- Median rent: $1,262 (51% rent)
- Median household income: $95,763
Technology company Lenovo has a giant headquarters in Morrisville, which makes sense given the town’s location within North Carolina’s Research Triangle. Good public schools, the housing market, and jobs have put Morrisville on the top of “best places to live” lists.
#12. North Bethesda, Maryland
- Population: 50,056
- Median home value: $550,900 (52% own)
- Median rent: $1,868 (48% rent)
- Median household income: $103,194
Several nonprofits headquarter in North Bethesda, including the Society of American Foresters. North Bethesda’s high schools post high rankings in state surveys, while Georgetown Preparatory School is one of the oldest boarding schools in the United States. Workers in the D.C. area have a short commute into the nation’s capital.
#11. Buffalo Grove, Illinois
- Population: 41,551
- Median home value: $314,500 (78% own)
- Median rent: $1,478 (22% rent)
- Median household income: $106,564
Buffalo Grove’s schools have a diverse student body population, with 75% of students taking Advanced Placement exams. Buffalo Grove formerly was frontier land, which later became populated by dairy farms.
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