#10. Arlington, Virginia
- Population: 229,534
- Median home value: $643,300 (44% own)
- Median rent: $1,895 (56% rent)
- Median household income: $112,138
The Pentagon and Arlington National Cemetery are two of the most-visited spots in Arlington, but this city has much more to offer. George Mason University law school and satellite campuses for the University of Virginia are located in Arlington. Soon, Amazon will have a giant facility in Arlington, as well.
[Pictured: Arlington Memorial Amphitheater.]
#9. Decatur, Georgia
- Population: 22,022
- Median home value: $418,700 (67% own)
- Median rent: $866 (33% rent)
- Median household income: $92,263
European settlers originally moved onto farmland in Decatur in the 19th century, but today the town is known for its commuters into Atlanta. Decatur’s schools are some of the best in the state and Emory University is nearby.
#8. Brookline, Massachusetts
- Population: 59,246
- Median home value: $829,300 (51% own)
- Median rent: $2,127 (49% rent)
- Median household income: $111,289
Brookline, outside of Boston, has its own puppet theater—the Puppet Showplace Theater. Visitors can also step inside John F. Kennedy’s childhood home. Comedian Conan O’Brien is among the noted graduates of Brookline High School.
#7. Fishers, Indiana
- Population: 87,557
- Median home value: $240,100 (81% own)
- Median rent: $1,175 (19% rent)
- Median household income: $101,469
As this Indianapolis suburb experiences rapid growth, Fishers schools are seeing heavy investment. Geist Reservoir is a popular recreation spot, and there is an annual renaissance faire. Several members of the NBA’s Indiana Pacers have resided in Fishers.
#6. North Potomac, Maryland
- Population: 24,236
- Median home value: $656,900 (84% own)
- Median rent: $2,020 (16% rent)
- Median household income: $161,553
About 20 miles from Washington D.C., North Potomac has a low unemployment rate and a good housing market. Its elementary schools are among the best in Maryland. During the spring and fall, trails throughout North Potomac become full of exercisers.
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#5. Shaker Heights, Ohio
- Population: 27,749
- Median home value: $218,500 (64% own)
- Median rent: $988 (36% rent)
- Median household income: $82,830
Shaker Heights began as a planned community by railroad moguls. A nature center, good public transportation into Cleveland, and a bike-friendly community make Shaker Heights a rising town. Shaker Heights’ schools are regularly regarded as being among the best in Ohio.
#4. Prairie Village, Kansas
- Population: 21,932
- Median home value: $243,800 (78% own)
- Median rent: $1,263 (22% rent)
- Median household income: $84,106
A small shopping center built in 1947 started Prairie Village’s ascent as one of America’s best places to live. Today, a Village Vision Strategic Investment Plan is ensuring safe and steady growth for this Kansas City suburb. In a citizen survey in 2018, 99% of residents rated Prairie Village as an excellent or good place to live.
#3. Clayton, Missouri
- Population: 16,214
- Median home value: $590,800 (58% own)
- Median rent: $1,168 (42% rent)
- Median household income: $91,531
Clayton restaurants specialize in pastries, with doughnuts a favorite among locals. Various dog parks, camps, and the Historic Hanley House museum are notable points of interest in town. Washington University, one of the Midwest’s most prestigious higher education institutions, has a property in Clayton.
#2. Okemos, Michigan
- Population: 22,989
- Median home value: $213,600 (62% own)
- Median rent: $912 (38% rent)
- Median household income: $74,568
Named after a Chippewa chief, Okemos is a favored settling site for employees and visitors of nearby Michigan State University. Okemos schools are diverse and among the best ranked in Michigan. A short drive away, Potter Park Zoo is a favored attraction for children. Art and architecture admirers can marvel at the Goetsch–Winckler House in Okemos.
#1. Carmel, Indiana
- Population: 88,595
- Median home value: $320,400 (78% own)
- Median rent: $1,150 (22% rent)
- Median household income: $109,201
Carmel residents can attend events like performances from an EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony) winner. The city has been recognized as America’s safest city and the best place to launch a career. Besides being Niche’s best place to live in America, Carmel, an Indianapolis suburb, has a serene Japanese garden.
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