Best Places to Live on the East Coast

What is your idea of the perfect place to live? A burgeoning city with an energetic social scene? What about a quaint town with access to gorgeous and secluded stretches of nature? Or do you look for nationally-recognized public schools and well-educated neighbors?

When it comes to living on the East Coast, there are hundreds of places that can potentially fit the bill. Whether charming New England towns steeped in Ivy League history or warm, sunny shores along the coast of Florida, the East Coast is chock full of diverse towns and cities that truly stand out.

Stacker compiled a list of the best places to live on the East Coast using 2020 data from Niche. Cities, towns, and suburbs in the following states were considered: Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Vermont, and Virginia. No more than 10 locations per state were included.

Best places to live on the East Coast
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Some of the places on this list will be familiar to you. Take, for example, a historic New Hampshire town that thrives on its collegiate history and traditions. Or that bustling suburb outside of D.C. with the luxury shopping and historic mansions. Others, however, you likely have never heard of before, such as that rural community in Georgia whose population has jumped 13% in the last five years. It doesn't matter if you're looking to start a family, or are an energetic, young single wanting to launch your career and accelerate your social life—there is a town or city on this list for you.

Each slide includes the city's population, median home value, median rent, and median household income. Whether you're thinking of the next big move, or you're just browsing to see if your town has made the cut, keep reading to discover the best places to live on the East Coast.

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#100. Farmington, Connecticut
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#100. Farmington, Connecticut

- Population: 25,546
- Median home value: $330,400 (72% own)
- Median rent: $1,354 (28% rent)
- Median household income: $94,606

Farmington is a charming, historic town just 10 miles west of Hartford. It is known for its outdoor recreational activities, from the Metacomet Trail to the Farmington Canal Heritage Trail. But it is also known for its cultural attractions like the Hill-Stead Museum, as well as being the headquarters for a number of large corporations, from United Technologies to Otis Elevator Company.

#99. Norwich, Vermont
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#99. Norwich, Vermont

- Population: 3,335
- Median home value: $446,800 (74% own)
- Median rent: $1,011 (26% rent)
- Median household income: $116,050

It doesn't get more quintessentially New England than Norwich, Vermont. From charming Main Street lined with historic Georgian, Federal, and Greek Revival buildings, to the banks of the Connecticut River, there is plenty of culture and natural beauty for residents to enjoy in Norwich.

#98. Forest Acres, South Carolina
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#98. Forest Acres, South Carolina

- Population: 10,433
- Median home value: $186,700 (75% own)
- Median rent: $922 (25% rent)
- Median household income: $64,926

Forest Acres is a small town located in South Carolina's central midlands. It's a community-driven place to live, with a strong penchant for activities and events. From spring to fall, the town hosts a weekly farmers market, rooftop concerts, and seasonal gatherings. Forest Acres has several neighborhood parks, as well.

#97. Westport, Connecticut
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#97. Westport, Connecticut

- Population: 27,840
- Median home value: $1,167,500 (84% own)
- Median rent: $1,902 (16% rent)
- Median household income: $187,988

Connecticut's shoreline is known for its boating community, fresh seafood restaurants, and historic New England charm. Westport is no exception, from its bustling downtown, Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts, and the popular, 29-acre Compo Beach along the Long Island Sound.

#96. Weatogue, Connecticut
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#96. Weatogue, Connecticut

- Population: 2,788
- Median home value: $322,200 (87% own)
- Median rent: $1,304 (13% rent)
- Median household income: $119,659

Weatogue is a small village just outside of Simsbury, Connecticut. Nestled west of Hartford in the Farmington River Valley, the historic New England town offers residents a wonderful quality of life, from the outdoor recreation at Talcott Mountain State Park to the historic district and the Simsbury Meadows Performing Arts Center.

#95. Oviedo, Florida
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#95. Oviedo, Florida

- Population: 39,599
- Median home value: $273,300 (77% own)
- Median rent: $1,521 (23% rent)
- Median household income: $90,482

Oviedo offers a tranquil, rural vibe just 20 miles from the international hustle and bustle of Orlando. The historic community is perched on the banks of Lake Jesup. Residents love experiencing the outdoors, from the farmers market and lake activities to the Econlockhatchee River Paddling Trail.

#94. Holly Springs, North Carolina
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#94. Holly Springs, North Carolina

- Population: 33,341
- Median home value: $283,700 (83% own)
- Median rent: $1,399 (17% rent)
- Median household income: $104,822

Holly Springs, North Carolina is just outside of the vibrant, cosmopolitan city of Raleigh. The small city is packed with activities for families and residents of all ages, from the Daniel Dhers Action Sports Complex to Bass Lake Park and the Holly Springs Cultural Center. It is also home to several craft breweries, including Bombshell Beer Company, which is one of the first women-owned breweries in the state.

#93. Clemmons, North Carolina
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#93. Clemmons, North Carolina

- Population: 20,050
- Median home value: $214,400 (74% own)
- Median rent: $878 (26% rent)
- Median household income: $70,918

Just outside of Winston-Salem is the beautiful village of Clemmons. Steeped in Southern charm and packed with things to do, Clemmons has plenty to offer its residents, from history, restaurants, and shopping to museums and miles of trails. It's also not far from the Yadkin Valley, which is one of the first viticultural areas in America.

#92. Horizon West, Florida
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#92. Horizon West, Florida

- Population: 32,530
- Median home value: $331,900 (65% own)
- Median rent: $1,809 (35% rent)
- Median household income: $99,823

Composed of five different villages and a town center, Horizon West offers a collection of distinct atmospheres and vibes for its more than 32,000 residents. The master-planned suburb of Orlando is known for its shopping, dining, and luxury homes. The Orlando Sentinel in 2017 called Horizon West one of the fastest-growing communities in America.

#91. Maitland, Florida
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#91. Maitland, Florida

- Population: 17,622
- Median home value: $344,800 (52% own)
- Median rent: $1,360 (48% rent)
- Median household income: $74,199

A charming suburb of the greater Orlando area, Maitland, Florida, offers a bevy of activities and services for its more than 17,000 residents. The Maitland Art Center, for example, dates back to the 1930s and has architecture that is unique to the area, sometimes referred to as Mayan Revival Style. Maitland is near the Howell Branch Preserve, which spans more than 10 acres and offers many recreational options. It's not far from Lake Apopka, as well.

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#90. Coral Gables, Florida
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#90. Coral Gables, Florida

- Population: 50,931
- Median home value: $795,600 (64% own)
- Median rent: $1,583 (36% rent)
- Median household income: $100,000

Coral Gables is one of the most picturesque cities in all of Florida. Not far from Miami, Coral Gables is an affluent community with wide, tree-lined streets, mansions, and historical landmarks that date back to the 1920s. Pop into the Lowe Art Museum for a dose of culture, or escape into nature along the Old Cutler Trail. Residents also take advantage of Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park.

#89. Pinecrest, Florida
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#89. Pinecrest, Florida

- Population: 19,446
- Median home value: $919,800 (76% own)
- Median rent: $1,446 (24% rent)
- Median household income: $153,417

Located in sunny, tropical Miami-Dade County, Pinecrest is a small city with a high price tag. Residents tend to have deep pockets and enjoy the many perks of living in this haute zip code. Explore Pinecrest Gardens, which has shady walking paths, a petting zoo, and gardens, or pop into Matheson Hammock Park for more than 600 acres of nature. Zoo Miami is not far from Pinecrest, either.

#88. Winter Park, Florida
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#88. Winter Park, Florida

- Population: 30,189
- Median home value: $399,500 (68% own)
- Median rent: $1,183 (32% rent)
- Median household income: $71,749

Just north of Orlando, Winter Park, Florida is one of the top tourist destinations in the state, which means it offers plenty of activities for its residents, as well. The city is a cultural hub, from Rollins College to the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art. There are more than 70 parks, which not only have walking and biking trails, but also host events and festivals year-round.

#87. Fish Hawk, Florida
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#87. Fish Hawk, Florida

- Population: 20,054
- Median home value: $341,100 (81% own)
- Median rent: $1,881 (19% rent)
- Median household income: $121,308

Fish Hawk is a suburb of Tampa, Florida, bordered by the Alafia River. It is best known for FishHawk Ranch, a master-planned community that spans more than 3,000 acres and is made up of several villages. It's a top place to live on the East Coast because of its high quality of living. FishHawk Ranch offers a town center, the Palmetto Club clubhouse, an aquatic center, biking trails, swimming pools, a gym, tennis courts, lakes, and ponds.

#86. Raleigh, North Carolina
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#86. Raleigh, North Carolina

- Population: 457,159
- Median home value: $236,700 (52% own)
- Median rent: $1,074 (48% rent)
- Median household income: $63,891

Raleigh is one of the most cultural and vibrant cities on the East Coast. It was founded in 1792 as North Carolina's capital city. Today it has a thriving arts and culture scene, nightlife, museums, history, outdoor recreation, and dining.

#85. Vinings, Georgia
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#85. Vinings, Georgia

- Population: 13,086
- Median home value: $500,700 (34% own)
- Median rent: $1,341 (66% rent)
- Median household income: $79,359

Over the last few years, Vinings, a suburb of Atlanta, has become a haven for young professionals. It's close to the Chattahoochee River, which means it offers a variety of outdoor activities, like fishing and hiking. Vinings also has the Silver Comet Trail, a former rail trail that runs through Georgia to Alabama and Tennessee. For culture, there is the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, which has a calendar of musicals, comedy, concerts, and more.

#84. Southport, Connecticut
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#84. Southport, Connecticut

- Population: 1,664
- Median home value: $855,100 (73% own)
- Median rent: $2,130 (27% rent)
- Median household income: $185,556

Overlooking the Long Island Sound along Connecticut's southern coast, Southport is a charming, historic New England town. In fact, the center of town was listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the Southport Historic District. In addition, residents enjoy the lovely harbor, life on the water, and quaint village center.

#83. Peachtree Corners, Georgia
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#83. Peachtree Corners, Georgia

- Population: 42,463
- Median home value: $325,000 (53% own)
- Median rent: $1,122 (47% rent)
- Median household income: $67,949

Visitors and residents alike love Peachtree Corners for its upscale shopping, dining, and Southern charm. The community connection is strong in this affluent community, thanks to its annual events like the Peachtree Corners Festival, Run The Corners 5k, and more.

#82. Simsbury, Connecticut
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#82. Simsbury, Connecticut

- Population: 24,519
- Median home value: $329,500 (81% own)
- Median rent: $1,292 (19% rent)
- Median household income: $119,588

Simsburg is a classic, affluent New England town, whose residents are drawn to the historic architecture, restaurants, and outdoor opportunities. Along the Farmington River, locals and visitors indulge in hiking trails, biking paths, and beautiful views.

#81. Roswell, Georgia
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#81. Roswell, Georgia

- Population: 94,257
- Median home value: $355,900 (67% own)
- Median rent: $1,218 (33% rent)
- Median household income: $93,006

A quaint, nature-filled suburb of Atlanta, Roswell is an action-packed place for residents and visitors. From activities on the Chattahoochee River, to its many parks, mountain biking trails, art galleries, and cultural centers, Roswell is one of the top places to live on the East Coast.

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#80. Cochituate, Massachusetts
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#80. Cochituate, Massachusetts

- Population: 6,942
- Median home value: $629,200 (88% own)
- Median rent: $720 (12% rent)
- Median household income: $146,758

Poised on the banks of the eponymous lake, Cochituate residents are immersed in nature. Did we mention there's a state park of the same name, as well? Residents of Cochituate, a suburb of Boston, enjoy paddling on the lake and hiking the trails within the park, but also the close proximity to the culture and services of cosmopolitan Boston.

#79. Westchase, Florida
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#79. Westchase, Florida

- Population: 23,636
- Median home value: $344,800 (59% own)
- Median rent: $1,477 (41% rent)
- Median household income: $96,632

Westchase is a master-planned community just outside of Tampa and St. Petersburg. The luxury designed community is located just half an hour from the beaches, as well as the central business district, making it a perfect location for residents to enjoy suburban living with close proximity to the amenities of the larger cities. The community itself has a golf club, parks, nature trails, and two swim and tennis centers.

#78. Sudbury, Massachusetts
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#78. Sudbury, Massachusetts

- Population: 18,940
- Median home value: $677,900 (92% own)
- Median rent: $1,005 (8% rent)
- Median household income: $176,570

A rural community outside of Boston, Sudbury, is known for its wide-open spaces, its highly-regarded school district, and historic New England setting. Still, it's less than an hour's drive to Boston and all of its infrastructure and services.

#77. Palm Valley, Florida
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#77. Palm Valley, Florida

- Population: 21,562
- Median home value: $461,500 (77% own)
- Median rent: $1,347 (23% rent)
- Median household income: $105,267

Along Florida's North Atlantic coast, Palm Valley is a suburb of Jacksonville. It's not far from Ponte Vedra Beach, which is one of the top-rated beaches along Florida's Atlantic coast. The affluent community is more expensive than nearly 94 percent of the neighborhoods in Florida, according to Neighborhood Scout, but houses are considered to be luxurious, with easy access to the beach, shopping, and restaurants.

#76. New Providence, New Jersey
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#76. New Providence, New Jersey

- Population: 12,808
- Median home value: $595,200 (78% own)
- Median rent: $1,634 (22% rent)
- Median household income: $134,141

New Providence is one of the safest cities in the country with a crime rate that is 90 percent lower than the national average, according to Area Vibes. The affluent community has a high graduation rate at 95 percent, and students test higher than 37 percent of the U.S. average.

#75. Avon, Connecticut
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#75. Avon, Connecticut

- Population: 18,338
- Median home value: $385,100 (86% own)
- Median rent: $1,413 (14% rent)
- Median household income: $132,500

Tucked in the Farmington Valley, Avon is one of the more affluent towns in the state. It is home to the Avon Old Farms School, which is a prestigious boarding school. Avon is at the doorstep of beautiful nature, as well, like Talcott Mountain State Park and the Farmington Canal Heritage Trail.

#74. Westfield, New Jersey
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#74. Westfield, New Jersey

- Population: 30,086
- Median home value: $727,600 (83% own)
- Median rent: $1,663 (17% rent)
- Median household income: $168,721

The family-friendly town of Westfield is known for its historic downtown, highly rated school system, and quick commute to the conveniences and services of New York City. The historic community was settled in the 18th century and today has more than 400 stores, restaurants, and services for its residents and visitors.

#73. Monmouth Junction, New Jersey
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#73. Monmouth Junction, New Jersey

- Population: 3,302
- Median home value: $407,000 (91% own)
- Median rent: $2,410 (9% rent)
- Median household income: $141,875

This teacup-sized town in New Jersey offers residents an affluent style. Real estate prices are among the highest in the nation, and nearly 100 percent of residents are employed in white-collar jobs. Many residents there work in management roles, computer and math careers, and teaching.

#72. Springdale, New Jersey
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#72. Springdale, New Jersey

- Population: 13,547
- Median home value: $360,400 (89% own)
- Median rent: $785 (11% rent)
- Median household income: $130,855

Springdale is a safe and wealthy community in northern New Jersey. It has a very low crime rate that is 65 percent below than the U.S. average. It also has a wonderful school system. Ninety-four percent of students graduate from high school.

#71. Suwanee, Georgia
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#71. Suwanee, Georgia

- Population: 19,215
- Median home value: $292,900 (76% own)
- Median rent: $1,462 (24% rent)
- Median household income: $86,980

Parks, shopping, restaurants, and a historic downtown make Suwanee an attractive place to live. Not only that, the city has a multipurpose trail, known as the Suwanee Creek Greenway, that offers walking trails and wildlife, and leads to the 85-acre Suwanee Creek Park.

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#70. Belmont, Massachusetts
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#70. Belmont, Massachusetts

- Population: 26,043
- Median home value: $813,200 (64% own)
- Median rent: $1,903 (36% rent)
- Median household income: $120,208

The historic town of Belmont is a town where more than 94 percent of residents work in white-collar jobs. It has a high population of scientists and mathematicians, as well as plenty of residents who work in the arts. More than 9 percent of residents work from home.

#69. Nocatee, Florida
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#69. Nocatee, Florida

- Population: 13,266
- Median home value: $371,300 (82% own)
- Median rent: $1,689 (18% rent)
- Median household income: $115,250

The planned community of Nocatee, Florida, is just outside of Jacksonville. The coastal community has a variety of neighborhoods and offers its residents parks, shopping, restaurants, and more. Plus, its location near Ponte Vedra gives it access to beaches, golf courses, and the major airports in the region.

#68. Carrboro, North Carolina
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#68. Carrboro, North Carolina

- Population: 21,216
- Median home value: $350,800 (43% own)
- Median rent: $1,036 (57% rent)
- Median household income: $59,202

The central North Carolina town of Carrboro is surrounded by the stunning natural beauty of the Piedmont mountain region. The small town is known for its high-quality restaurants, performing arts scene, and progressive lifestyle. In fact, it was one of the first places in North Carolina to pass domestic-partner benefits to same-sex couples back in 1994.

#67. Wayland, Massachusetts
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#67. Wayland, Massachusetts

- Population: 13,720
- Median home value: $687,800 (89% own)
- Median rent: $1,270 (11% rent)
- Median household income: $174,330

The small town of Wayland is a suburb of Boston, surrounded by nature from the Marlborough-Sudbury State Forest to the Greenways Conservation Area. Residents love it not only for its proximity to Boston but its small, New England charm. According to Niche, the crime rate is among the lowest in the nation, and 46 percent of residents hold a master's degree or higher.

#66. Princeton Meadows, New Jersey
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#66. Princeton Meadows, New Jersey

- Population: 13,438
- Median home value: $384,000 (35% own)
- Median rent: $1,530 (65% rent)
- Median household income: $100,135

Princeton Meadows is a small town with a lot to offer residents. It has a highly educated population, with 35 percent holding a bachelor's degree and 40 percent holding a master's degree or higher. The population is young, as well, with the majority of residents between 25 and 44 years old.

#65. Cape Elizabeth, Maine
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#65. Cape Elizabeth, Maine

- Population: 9,279
- Median home value: $408,800 (87% own)
- Median rent: $1,191 (13% rent)
- Median household income: $111,884

Just outside of Portland, Maine, is one of the most affluent towns in the country. Cape Elizabeth is at the doorstep of all that Portland has to offer but feels like another world away. It has stunning, historic mansions, a beautiful coastal setting along Casco Bay, and plenty of parks and recreation. It also is the home to the Portland Head Light, one of the most iconic lighthouses in America.

#64. Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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#64. Chapel Hill, North Carolina

- Population: 59,561
- Median home value: $409,200 (49% own)
- Median rent: $1,172 (51% rent)
- Median household income: $68,640

Home to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill is a vibrant university town that is packed with culture and community offerings. Restaurants, shopping, performing arts, and outdoor recreation make this one of the top cities in the country.

#63. Westford, Massachusetts
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#63. Westford, Massachusetts

- Population: 24,194
- Median home value: $530,400 (87% own)
- Median rent: $1,781 (13% rent)
- Median household income: $141,173

Westford is a medium-sized city less than an hour from Boston. More than 91 percent of the affluent community works in white-collar jobs, with many working in management, computer science, and teaching. Crime rates are low in Westford, as well, making it attractive for families, reports Niche.

#62. Boxborough, Massachusetts
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#62. Boxborough, Massachusetts

- Population: 5,794
- Median home value: $527,400 (71% own)
- Median rent: $1,097 (29% rent)
- Median household income: $108,207

Boston's suburb of Boxborough is a small town that offers a wonderful quality of life for its residents. Home to many young professionals, Boxborough is known for its many parks and great public school system. It also has a very low crime rate, well below the national median.

#61. Mountain Lakes, New Jersey
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#61. Mountain Lakes, New Jersey

- Population: 4,274
- Median home value: $849,100 (93% own)
- Median rent: $1,430 (7% rent)
- Median household income: $216,250

Mountain Lakes is an affluent town in Central New Jersey. With a crime rate 74 percent lower than the national average, it's a great option for families. It has an excellent education system, as well. Ninety-eight percent of students graduate high school and test 47 percent higher than the U.S. average.

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#60. Berkeley Lake, Georgia
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#60. Berkeley Lake, Georgia

- Population: 1,994
- Median home value: $403,200 (96% own)
- Median rent: $1,775 (4% rent)
- Median household income: $131,339

Berkeley Lake is a small, affluent town just north of Atlanta. Much of the workforce is in professional, scientific, and technical services. A good portion of residents also works in health care and retail. The highest paying industries are finance and insurance, as well as real estate.

#59. West Hartford, Connecticut
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#59. West Hartford, Connecticut

- Population: 63,127
- Median home value: $329,000 (72% own)
- Median rent: $1,297 (28% rent)
- Median household income: $99,280

West Hartford is an affluent, historic, and naturally beautiful city in Connecticut. In fact, Niche named it the #1 best place to live in the state. The suburban community is known for its restaurants, parks, and social scene, as well as its highly rated school system. Much of the community is educated, as well, with 30 percent of residents holding a bachelor's degree and 34 percent holding a master's degree or higher.

#58. East Williston, New York
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#58. East Williston, New York

- Population: 2,576
- Median home value: $841,500 (99% own)
- Median rent: $3,501 (1% rent)
- Median household income: $176,328

Located just a stone's throw from New York City on Long Island, East Williston is a highly rated community for families and young professionals. The town has an excellent public school system, nightlife, and access to a plethora of outdoor activities. Its residents are highly educated, with 38 percent holding a master's degree or higher.

#57. Milton, Georgia
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#57. Milton, Georgia

- Population: 38,171
- Median home value: $534,400 (73% own)
- Median rent: $1,335 (27% rent)
- Median household income: $125,096

The rural community of Milton offers residents a high-quality public school system. Its community has grown by 13 percent in the last five years largely due to the short commute to Atlanta that gives residents access to a booming number of jobs. Milton is also one of the safest cities in Georgia.

#56. University Gardens, New York
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#56. University Gardens, New York

- Population: 4,202
- Median home value: $750,500 (77% own)
- Median rent: $1,552 (23% rent)
- Median household income: $115,536

A hamlet on Long Island, University Gardens is an affluent corner of Great Neck. Its crime rate is exceedingly low—82 percent lower than the U.S. average. The school system is highly rated, with a 92 percent graduation rate. Plus, the community is a short commute to the businesses and opportunities of New York City.

#55. Lexington, Massachusetts
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#55. Lexington, Massachusetts

- Population: 33,480
- Median home value: $849,400 (82% own)
- Median rent: $2,240 (18% rent)
- Median household income: $172,750

Steeped in American history, Lexington is peppered with historic sites, from the Minuteman Statue to the Battle Green National Historic Landmark. But it also offers galleries, museums, walking paths, parks, and golf courses.

#54. Ashburn, Virginia
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#54. Ashburn, Virginia

- Population: 50,290
- Median home value: $488,500 (73% own)
- Median rent: $1,884 (27% rent)
- Median household income: $129,599

Just outside of Washington D.C., Ashburn is rated as one of the top 10 best suburbs in Virginia. The suburban community has many parks and restaurants and is attractive to young professionals thanks to its highly rated public schools. Thirty-seven percent of the population has a bachelor's degree.

#53. Apex, North Carolina
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#53. Apex, North Carolina

- Population: 48,254
- Median home value: $307,800 (74% own)
- Median rent: $1,302 (26% rent)
- Median household income: $105,404

Apex is a historic community just outside of Raleigh with beautiful architecture that dates back to 1870. Downtown Apex is a bustling community with restaurants, shops, and buildings that are recognized by the National Register of Historic Places. It's a cultural community, as well, home to the Halle Cultural Arts Center.

#52. Newton, Massachusetts
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#52. Newton, Massachusetts

- Population: 88,660
- Median home value: $886,100 (72% own)
- Median rent: $1,829 (28% rent)
- Median household income: $139,696

One of Boston's wealthiest suburbs, Newton is considered to be the #3 best suburb in Massachusetts, according to Niche. The low crime rate makes it an attractive destination for families, with both violent and property crimes well below the national median. The community is highly educated, as well. Forty-eight percent of adults there have a master's degree or higher.

#51. North Decatur, Georgia
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#51. North Decatur, Georgia

- Population: 17,298
- Median home value: $281,600 (54% own)
- Median rent: $1,151 (46% rent)
- Median household income: $75,953

North Decatur is a wealthy suburban community just north of Atlanta. With a crime rate lower than 55 percent of the U.S. average, it is an attractive place to live for families. For outdoor activities, the community has Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve, a 28-acre wildlife sanctuary.

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#50. Ridgewood, New Jersey
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#50. Ridgewood, New Jersey

- Population: 25,269
- Median home value: $738,700 (78% own)
- Median rent: $1,996 (22% rent)
- Median household income: $168,608

Ridgewood is a big town with an affluent population. According to Neighborhood Scout, 94 percent of residents hold white-collar jobs, from management and sales to business and finance. About 10 percent of the workforce works from home. More than 75 percent of the community has a college or an advanced degree.

#49. Upper Montclair, New Jersey
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#49. Upper Montclair, New Jersey

- Population: 11,744
- Median home value: $751,500 (80% own)
- Median rent: $1,830 (20% rent)
- Median household income: $195,560

One of the most affluent suburbs of New York City, Upper Montclair is a highly desirable place to live in New Jersey. It's one of the safest places in the nation, with a crime rate that is 76 percent lower than the U.S. average. Upper Montclair is also home to an excellent public school system: Students score 32 percent higher than the U.S. average. Plus, the town is close to the job opportunities and cosmopolitan culture of Manhattan.

#48. Franklin Farm, Virginia
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#48. Franklin Farm, Virginia

- Population: 18,727
- Median home value: $618,700 (93% own)
- Median rent: $2,530 (7% rent)
- Median household income: $176,549

Franklin Farm, Virginia, located in Fairfax County, is a highly sought after place to live on the East Coast. The affluent, well-educated town attracts residents to its top-tier public school system and proximity to Washington D.C. Thirty-eight percent of residents have a master's degree or higher.

#47. Davidson, North Carolina
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#47. Davidson, North Carolina

- Population: 12,666
- Median home value: $423,000 (80% own)
- Median rent: $1,213 (20% rent)
- Median household income: $128,255

Perched on the banks of Lake Norman, not far from Charlotte, North Carolina, Davidson is known for its university town vibes. It is home to Davidson College, which has become a vital part of the community. Its residents enjoy a cultural community with shops, restaurants, and galleries, as well as 12 miles of greenways and bike lanes, parks, and more. Plus, Davidson was awarded a Tree City USA designation, which means the city has excelled in urban forestry.

#46. South Riding, Virginia
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#46. South Riding, Virginia

- Population: 31,071
- Median home value: $508,900 (87% own)
- Median rent: $2,193 (13% rent)
- Median household income: $153,688

A suburb of Washington D.C., South Riding is an affluent community that with a cost of living that is 55 percent higher than the U.S. average. South Riding enjoys a low crime rate, 68 percent lower than the U.S. average. Its school system is excellent, as well, as students test 76 percent higher than the U.S. average.

#45. Cambridge, Massachusetts
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#45. Cambridge, Massachusetts

- Population: 115,665
- Median home value: $719,300 (36% own)
- Median rent: $2,071 (64% rent)
- Median household income: $95,404

Just across the Charles River from Boston, Cambridge is one of the most affluent and highly educated cities in America. It's home to Harvard University, the Harvard Art Museums, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Almost half of its residents have a master's degree or higher, and the majority of its residents are young professionals.

#44. Columbia, Maryland
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#44. Columbia, Maryland

- Population: 103,663
- Median home value: $372,000 (66% own)
- Median rent: $1,687 (34% rent)
- Median household income: $105,815

Columbia is a vibrant community outside of Baltimore. Residents enjoy so many cultural offerings, from live music at the Merriweather Post Pavilion to performances at Toby's Dinner Theatre. Shopping and dining abound, with more than 200 stores and restaurants at The Mall in Columbia, as well. The community is highly educated, as 31 percent of residents have a master's degree or higher.

#43. Cayuga Heights, New York
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#43. Cayuga Heights, New York

- Population: 3,722
- Median home value: $383,100 (49% own)
- Median rent: $1,204 (51% rent)
- Median household income: $106,283

Upstate New York's Cayuga Heights is a quaint community just outside of Ithaca on the banks of Cayuga Lake It's at the doorstep to some of the most beautiful parts of the state of New York, from the Finger Lakes themselves to the Finger Lakes National Forest and Buttermilk Falls State Park.

#42. Princeton Junction, New Jersey
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#42. Princeton Junction, New Jersey

- Population: 2,550
- Median home value: $522,600 (77% own)
- Median rent: $1,135 (23% rent)
- Median household income: $189,861

Princeton Junction is a pocket-sized, affluent town in southern New Jersey. Nearly 92 percent of the workforce holds a white-collar job, with a high percentage of people working in computers and mathematics. Eighty percent of the population has a bachelor's degree or higher.

#41. Syosset, New York
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#41. Syosset, New York

- Population: 19,559
- Median home value: $642,500 (91% own)
- Median rent: $2,256 (9% rent)
- Median household income: $159,375

A suburb of New York City, Syosset is a beautiful suburban community on the north shore of Long Island. Its area is five square miles and has a diverse population made up of white, East Asian, South Asian, and Hispanic residents. There are 10 elementary, middle, and high schools in Syosset, where students score higher than average on tests.

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#40. Kensington, New York
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#40. Kensington, New York

- Population: 1,184
- Median home value: $1,360,600 (93% own)
- Median rent: $2,583 (7% rent)
- Median household income: $171,250

The Brooklyn neighborhood of Kensington is one of the most diverse and beautiful parts of New York City. Not only is it on the southern corner of Prospect Park, but it's at the doorstep to all the culture, dining, nightlife, and art the city has to offer.

#39. Broadlands, Virginia
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#39. Broadlands, Virginia

- Population: 13,704
- Median home value: $591,200 (84% own)
- Median rent: $2,161 (16% rent)
- Median household income: $179,574

The master-planned community of Broadlands sits perched over Stream Valley Park. Its residents enjoy picnic areas, a boardwalk, playgrounds, and more. It has been named a Certified Wildlife Habitat Community and offers hiking and biking trails, swimming pools, and plenty of open space.

#38. Garrett Park, Maryland
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#38. Garrett Park, Maryland

- Population: 1,010
- Median home value: $812,000 (90% own)
- Median rent: $1,646 (10% rent)
- Median household income: $179,306

The small town of Garrett Park is a quaint, affluent community laid out like an English village with tree-lined streets and historic architecture, much of which is on the National Register of Historic Places. Residents enjoy galleries, restaurants, a farmers market, and the highly ranked Montgomery County Public School System.

#37. Great Neck Plaza, New York
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#37. Great Neck Plaza, New York

- Population: 6,957
- Median home value: $354,400 (57% own)
- Median rent: $1,830 (43% rent)
- Median household income: $78,770

Back in 2016, The New York Times called Great Neck Plaza a "rich blend of many cultures." It is a highly diverse and affluent community on Long Island, a stone's throw from the job opportunities and culture of New York City. Today it is still known for its diversity, educated residents (28 percent hold a master's degree or higher), and highly rated public schools.

#36. Hanover, New Hampshire
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#36. Hanover, New Hampshire

- Population: 11,512
- Median home value: $548,200 (68% own)
- Median rent: $1,475 (32% rent)
- Median household income: $133,672

Hanover, New Hampshire is one of the most picturesque New England towns in America. It is home to Dartmouth College, and much of the town is involved in university life. Located on the Connecticut River, the 50-square-mile town is all about year-round outdoor activities, according to Kiplinger, and the entire community flocks to the college's events and activities.

#35. Rockville, Maryland
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#35. Rockville, Maryland

- Population: 67,062
- Median home value: $521,700 (56% own)
- Median rent: $1,909 (44% rent)
- Median household income: $105,376

Rockville is one of the most affluent communities in the United States. It's a highly diverse community, where the majority of residents work in professional, scientific & technical services. The highest-paying industries are the management of companies and public administration.

#34. Princeton, New Jersey
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#34. Princeton, New Jersey

- Population: 30,728
- Median home value: $833,000 (59% own)
- Median rent: $1,563 (41% rent)
- Median household income: $138,194

Princeton is a university town at its core. The city of 30,000 residents features leafy neighborhoods and residential communities not far from the opportunities of New York City and Philadelphia. Dining, shopping, arts and culture, and the outdoors are major draws for its residents, from its many parks and waterways to the McCarter Theatre Center.

#33. Potomac, Maryland
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#33. Potomac, Maryland

- Population: 45,824
- Median home value: $896,300 (88% own)
- Median rent: $2,060 (12% rent)
- Median household income: $188,104

Perched on the banks of the Potomac River, surrounded by Great Falls Park, and not far from Washington D.C., Potomac is a beautiful suburb with great access to the perks of city life. Its residents are highly educated. Niche reports that 51 percent have a master's degree or higher. The town features excellent public schools, as well.

#32. Great Neck Estates, New York
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#32. Great Neck Estates, New York

- Population: 2,841
- Median home value: $1,356,100 (90% own)
- Median rent: $1,884 (10% rent)
- Median household income: $148,939

Located in Nassau County just outside New York City, Great Neck Estates has easy access to the job opportunities and culture of Manhattan as well as a top-tier public school system. In the small town, crime is significantly low, which makes it the second-best place in America to raise a family, according to Niche.

#31. Chevy Chase, Maryland
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#31. Chevy Chase, Maryland

- Population: 9,611
- Median home value: $916,700 (78% own)
- Median rent: $2,242 (22% rent)
- Median household income: $180,917

Chevy Chase is one of the most affluent suburbs of Washington D.C. and is known for its luxury shopping, historic homes, and wealthy residents. According to Neighborhood Scout, nearly 100 percent of the population is employed in white-collar jobs. The majority work in management, law, and creative lines of work.

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#30. Great Neck Gardens, New York
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#30. Great Neck Gardens, New York

- Population: 1,183
- Median home value: $941,800 (92% own)
- Median rent: data not available (8% rent)
- Median household income: $218,603

Great Neck Gardens is another community in Nassau County that is highly ranked among places to live on the East Coast. It is a suburb of New York City, and is considered to be one of the most expensive towns in the country. The safe town has a crime rate that falls 90 percent below U.S. averages.

#29. East Whiteland Township, Pennsylvania
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#29. East Whiteland Township, Pennsylvania

- Population: 11,415
- Median home value: $392,700 (69% own)
- Median rent: $1,542 (31% rent)
- Median household income: $111,870

East Whiteland Township is a small town in the state of Pennsylvania. It is one of the most affluent communities in the country, where residents are highly educated. It has a low crime rate, as well, which makes it attractive to families.

#28. Bethesda, Maryland
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#28. Bethesda, Maryland

- Population: 62,448
- Median home value: $897,400 (66% own)
- Median rent: $2,004 (34% rent)
- Median household income: $159,431

Bethesda is a wealthy and vibrant suburb of Washington D.C. The trendy community is known for its arts and entertainment district, ethnically diverse dining, shopping, and public art projects. Niche has ranked it for its public schools, diversity, and highly educated residents, 56 percent of whom have a master's degree or higher.

#27. Lansdowne, Virginia
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#27. Lansdowne, Virginia

- Population: 12,696
- Median home value: $531,000 (69% own)
- Median rent: $1,855 (31% rent)
- Median household income: $131,806

Lansdowne is a suburb of Washington D.C., located in northern Virginia. It appeals to families and young professionals who are drawn to its urban setting, with its high number of restaurants and parks. Residents are highly educated, with 34 percent having a master's degree or higher. The majority of residents are between the ages of 25 and 54.

#26. Ellicott City, Maryland
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#26. Ellicott City, Maryland

- Population: 72,247
- Median home value: $527,700 (74% own)
- Median rent: $1,605 (26% rent)
- Median household income: $126,668

A suburb of Baltimore, Ellicott City is a historic and artistic community in Howard County. Niche has ranked it the #1 place to live in the Baltimore area. It is home to Banneker Historical Park, which is a 142-acre park dedicated to Benjamin Banneker, a leading African American scientist from the 17th century.

#25. Devon, Pennsylvania
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#25. Devon, Pennsylvania

- Population: 2,008
- Median home value: $600,200 (84% own)
- Median rent: $2,177 (16% rent)
- Median household income: $183,333

The small town of Devon, Pennsylvania, is an affluent community with a high quality of life. The largest industries in Devon are educational services, health care, and professional, scientific & technical services. The highest-paying industries are administrative, finance, and real estate.

#24. Cascades, Virginia
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#24. Cascades, Virginia

- Population: 11,670
- Median home value: $489,800 (76% own)
- Median rent: $1,920 (24% rent)
- Median household income: $146,435

Cascades is a master-planned community spanning 2,500 acres and with 6,500 homes. The development sits overlooking the Potomac River, which is a natural playground for residents who love to kayak or hike nearby. It's a mixture of families, as well as empty-nesters and singles.

#23. Johns Creek, Georgia
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#23. Johns Creek, Georgia

- Population: 83,637
- Median home value: $382,400 (76% own)
- Median rent: $1,538 (24% rent)
- Median household income: $116,070

Just 25 miles from the buzz of Atlanta, Johns Creek is a beautiful suburb tucked in the foothills of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. It is an adventure paradise, as well as an exclusive enclave of Fortune 500 workers, a hospital, a symphony orchestra, and a calendar of events and festivals.

#22. Boalsburg, Pennsylvania
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#22. Boalsburg, Pennsylvania

- Population: 4,666
- Median home value: $291,900 (85% own)
- Median rent: $1,069 (15% rent)
- Median household income: $102,722

Boalsburg is a cultural and historic town outside of Pittsburgh. Not far from Penn State University, the community blends small-town living with educational and sophisticated opportunities, from museums and historic battlefields to breweries, shopping, skiing, and hiking.

#21. Brighton, New York
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#21. Brighton, New York

- Population: 36,447
- Median home value: $175,200 (58% own)
- Median rent: $1,005 (42% rent)
- Median household income: $75,812

A southern suburb of Rochester, Brighton offers an affordable cost of living for its residents. The cost of living is 15 percent lower than the rest of New York State, but is 17 percent higher than the U.S. average. It's a safe community, which makes it a big draw for families, and it has a highly rated school system. Students score 22 percent higher than the U.S. average.

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#20. Alpharetta, Georgia
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#20. Alpharetta, Georgia

- Population: 64,672
- Median home value: $392,200 (65% own)
- Median rent: $1,375 (35% rent)
- Median household income: $105,908

Alpharetta, Georgia is lucky enough to hold real estate between the North Georgia Mountains and Atlanta. As such, it is a great location for young professionals, as well as families and retirees. From breweries and shopping to golf, live music, and numerous parks and gardens, Alpharetta is a cultural city that appeals to multiple generations.

#19. Decatur, Georgia
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#19. Decatur, Georgia

- Population: 23,054
- Median home value: $466,800 (66% own)
- Median rent: $927 (34% rent)
- Median household income: $93,039

Decatur Georgia, just six miles from Atlanta, is a vibrant and energetic suburb. It has more than 200 restaurants, boutiques, and galleries, as well as a roster of events including everything from concerts and book fairs to wine festivals and beach parties. Outdoor lovers enjoy nearby Stone Mountain Park, as well.

#18. Innsbrook, Virginia
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#18. Innsbrook, Virginia

- Population: 8,549
- Median home value: $355,600 (60% own)
- Median rent: $1,152 (40% rent)
- Median household income: $88,428

Innsbrook is one of the largest large-scale, mixed-use residential and business parks on the East Coast. It appeals to young professionals and families, offering acres of green space, trails, lakes, and different types of housing, from luxury apartments to condos and more.

#17. Mount Lebanon Township, Pennsylvania
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#17. Mount Lebanon Township, Pennsylvania

- Population: 32,540
- Median home value: $252,500 (73% own)
- Median rent: $917 (27% rent)
- Median household income: $95,151

Mt. Lebanon Township is a highly rated, community-centric development in Pennsylvania. It has a housing stock of more than 14,000 homes of different, eclectic styles. The community has manicured lawns, nature trails, a golf course, tennis center, and ice rink. It's a very safe community and residents value education. Thirty-four percent have a master's degree or higher.

#16. Jericho, New York
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#16. Jericho, New York

- Population: 13,827
- Median home value: $772,900 (84% own)
- Median rent: $2,044 (16% rent)
- Median household income: $161,771

The small town of Jericho is a suburb of New York City on Long Island. The town draws a professional crowd. Ninety-four percent of residents work in white-collar jobs, primarily in management, sales, and health care.

#15. Short Pump, Virginia
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#15. Short Pump, Virginia

- Population: 27,526
- Median home value: $403,100 (60% own)
- Median rent: $1,366 (40% rent)
- Median household income: $109,384

Short Pump is a wealthy community outside of Richmond known for its restaurants, coffee shops, and green space. The town is an attractive destination for families and young professionals, who are drawn to the highly rated public schools and low crime rates.

#14. Arlington, Virginia
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#14. Arlington, Virginia

- Population: 231,803
- Median home value: $669,400 (43% own)
- Median rent: $1,936 (57% rent)
- Median household income: $117,374

Arlington is an affluent and historically rich suburb just outside Washington D.C. The town sits on the Potomac River and is a stronghold of tradition, like ceremonies at historic Arlington Cemetery. It also thrives on the modern and eclectic, from its food trucks and breweries to 1,100 acres of parks.

#13. North Bethesda, Maryland
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#13. North Bethesda, Maryland

- Population: 50,262
- Median home value: $562,400 (52% own)
- Median rent: $1,890 (48% rent)
- Median household income: $105,130

North Bethesda is a wealthy suburb of Washington D.C. It's a very small bedroom community that is just under nine square miles with easy access to the D.C. area's job, dining, and cultural opportunities.

#12. North Potomac, Maryland
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#12. North Potomac, Maryland

- Population: 24,148
- Median home value: $663,300 (83% own)
- Median rent: $2,130 (17% rent)
- Median household income: $159,232

North Potomac is located just 20 miles from Washington D.C. The town was ranked the #1 place to live in Maryland by Money.com in 2019, in part thanks to its top-tier schools. It also has a burgeoning job market and real estate prices that are high, but lower than other communities in the area.

#11. Cary, North Carolina
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#11. Cary, North Carolina

- Population: 163,266
- Median home value: $337,700 (69% own)
- Median rent: $1,199 (31% rent)
- Median household income: $101,079

Cary is a city just outside of Raleigh. It's an energetic community packed with restaurants, shopping, entertainment, and culture. Among its top draws for residents is the sprawling Bond Park. Crime rates are low, and 29 percent of residents have a master's degree or higher.

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#10. South Kensington, Maryland
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#10. South Kensington, Maryland

- Population: 8,769
- Median home value: $736,300 (90% own)
- Median rent: $2,164 (10% rent)
- Median household income: $181,941

South Kensington is a small city located in Montgomery County. It is a suburb of Washington D.C, surrounded by other local, affluent communities. South Kensington's crime rate is 66 percent lower than the U.S. average. The public school system is top-notch, as well. Students score 23 percent higher than the national average.

#9. Berwyn, Pennsylvania
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#9. Berwyn, Pennsylvania

- Population: 3,268
- Median home value: $478,300 (75% own)
- Median rent: $578 (25% rent)
- Median household income: $108,000

Berwyn is a Philadelphia suburb not far from the legendary Valley Forge National Historical Park. Its proximity to Philadelphia makes it a good choice for young professionals and families. According to Neighborhood Scout, more than 94% of residents work in white-collar jobs, particularly management, business, and education.

#8. Swarthmore, Pennsylvania
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#8. Swarthmore, Pennsylvania

- Population: 6,304
- Median home value: $410,100 (78% own)
- Median rent: $1,169 (22% rent)
- Median household income: $109,648

The college town of Swarthmore is home to Swarthmore College, which is one of the focal points of the community. The small town has plenty of restaurants and coffee shops, which are humming with student life. Crime rates are much lower than the national median, according to Niche, and the population is highly educated. Nearly half of the residents have a master's degree or higher.

#7. Stone Ridge, Virginia
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#7. Stone Ridge, Virginia

- Population: 12,990
- Median home value: $454,900 (88% own)
- Median rent: $2,339 (12% rent)
- Median household income: $143,140

Stone Ridge, Virginia is an 800-acre planned community. The manicured development offers its residents a long list of amenities, from a clubhouse and fitness center to an amphitheater and three pools. It's also less than 40 miles to Washington D.C. and just 14 miles from Dulles International Airport.

#6. Morrisville, North Carolina
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#6. Morrisville, North Carolina

- Population: 25,007
- Median home value: $317,700 (48% own)
- Median rent: $1,330 (52% rent)
- Median household income: $96,489

Another Raleigh suburb, Morrisville is a small, yet burgeoning, community that places an emphasis on education, community, and culture. It's a diverse community that highlights its ethnic cuisine each year at the East Meets West Festival. It also is home to Lake Crabtree County Park, which has a 520-acre lake and plenty of trails for hiking and biking.

#5. Houserville, Pennsylvania
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#5. Houserville, Pennsylvania

- Population: 2,013
- Median home value: $220,200 (88% own)
- Median rent: $1,172 (12% rent)
- Median household income: $88,583

Houserville, Pennsylvania is a suburb not far from Penn State University. It's surrounded by nature, from the Black Moshannon State Park to the Rothrock State Forest. It's a relatively affordable place to live, and crime is 81 percent lower than the national average.

#4. Ardmore, Pennsylvania
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#4. Ardmore, Pennsylvania

- Population: 13,083
- Median home value: $328,800 (61% own)
- Median rent: $1,342 (39% rent)
- Median household income: $89,923

Not far from Philadelphia, Ardmore offers the small-town vibe backed by a big city's opportunities and services. The residential and dynamic community centers around Suburban Square, one of the earliest shopping centers in the nation. There is also Ardmore Music Hall for cultural events, and residents flock to the daily farmers market.

#3. Brookline, Massachusetts
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#3. Brookline, Massachusetts

- Population: 59,234
- Median home value: $885,700 (51% own)
- Median rent: $2,194 (49% rent)
- Median household income: $113,515

Its short distance to Boston makes this affluent suburb one of the best places to live on the East Coast. It has the culture, employment, and educational opportunities of Boston at its fingertips, with the New England charm of a suburban community. Its residents are highly educated with 53 percent of residents holding a master's degree or higher.

#2. Penn Wynne, Pennsylvania
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#2. Penn Wynne, Pennsylvania

- Population: 5,758
- Median home value: $366,200 (88% own)
- Median rent: $1,473 (12% rent)
- Median household income: $131,161

Penn Wynne is an exclusive suburb of Philadelphia. A short commute from Penn Wynne puts its residents within close proximity to the universities, cultural institutions, and job opportunities of Philadelphia. The small town is ranked highly for families by Niche for its stellar public schools. Its residents value education, as 46 percent have a master's degree or higher and 31 percent have a bachelor's degree.

#1. Chesterbrook, Pennsylvania
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#1. Chesterbrook, Pennsylvania

- Population: 4,714
- Median home value: $312,800 (78% own)
- Median rent: $1,813 (22% rent)
- Median household income: $119,010

This Philadelphia suburb holds the title as the best place to live on the East Coast. Residents love the historic community for its proximity to the employment opportunities and culture of Philadelphia. It is also home to Valley Forge National Historical Park, as well as the Jenkins Arboretum & Gardens. According to Area Vibes it has a very low crime rate—82 percent lower than the U.S. average. Its high school graduation rate is 99 percent, as well.

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