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Top-earning towns

Where do you live when you’ve ‘made it’? Affluent communities like Scarsdale, N.Y., where the median family income is close to $300,000.

  • Scarsdale, NY

    In this Westchester County village, residents enjoy the biggest incomes on our list, thanks to well-off commuters who appreciate the quick half-hour train ride into Manhattan. Scarsdale boasts an appealing downtown peppered with Tudor-style buildings and pretty shopping areas, plus some of the best schools in the area — the high school is among the nation’s top 500.

    In the summertime, residents bring lawn chairs, blankets, and picnics to the village’s free outdoor concert series in central Chase Park, where a Pops symphonic band plays from June to August. Impressive houses, exclusive boutiques and chic restaurants are icing on the suburban cake.

  • Weston, MA

    It’s not uncommon for people who grew up in Weston to come back later with their children — and stay for the long haul. Residents enjoy the town’s quaint stone walls, rolling hills and trees in a scenic oasis that’s just 17 miles from Boston. Outdoor enthusiasts enjoy access to 2,000 acres of protected land in Weston, including about 100 miles of trails.

    High-school students score among the top in the state on their SATs, and houses here continue to get larger as people move to town and construct massive dream homes.

  • Town and Country, MO

    You get a little bit of both in Town & Country — from shopping centers, restaurants, and landscaped residential lots to the open green space that residents have protected from further development. City parks dot the area, including 30-acre Longview Farm Park, where locals enjoy gardens, walking trails, horse stables, a lake, and a glimpse of the occasional wedding.

    The city’s school district is among the best in the state, and there also are a number of top-notch private schools. Town & Country sits only 11 miles from St. Louis, and two interstates run through the city, making commuting a breeze. Another bonus: no property taxes, although lean municipal services mean residents must arrange their own trash pickup — a small price to pay.

  • Castle Pines, CO

    This bedroom community near Denver and Colorado Springs attracts prosperous professionals looking for good schools — the district is ranked 8th in the state — and access to Rocky Mountain nature. Castle Pines maintains 14 miles of trails for joggers, walkers and cyclists. Kids and their parents can frolic in 560 acres of open space or the area’s numerous playgrounds, climbing walls, baseball fields and skate parks.

    The city is relatively new, incorporated only since 2007, but it already hosts a lively Oktoberfest in the fall, with a grilling competition, gallons of beer and wine, traditional German food, and live

  • Falls Church, VA

    Located just 10 miles from the White House, Falls Church maintains its small-town charm while still providing major urban perks. The town boasts more than 100 restaurants, a number of gourmet grocery stores, and access to I-66 and I-495, two of the biggest commuter roads in the region.

    Two nearby metro stops zoom commuters into D.C. — a boon, considering the Beltway’s notorious traffic. Quality schools and beautiful housing stock seal the deal for area professionals.

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