30. West Chester, Ohio

Population: 60,859
Census Region: Midwest
Median Family Income: $93,743
Median Home Price: $179,153
Average Property Taxes: $4,009
Projected Job Growth: 4.4%
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Courtesy of Butler County Visitors Bureau

Families don’t lack for entertainment in West Chester, a city just half an hour’s drive from Cincinnati. The township is home to giant railroad-themed fun park EnterTRAINment Junction, an indoor mini golf facility, and the Voice of America Park, a 435-acre park that sprawls over the northeast corner of the township. This year nearly 2,500 people attended the annual Crazy Cardboard Regatta held in the park, where, according to the event’s Facebook page, cardboard boats are judged on “speed, style, flair, and of course the best sinking.”

While West Chester doesn’t have a traditional downtown, locals hang out at the Square at Union Centre, an outdoor gathering spot that hosts the local farmers market.

Many residents commute to Cincinnati or Dayton for work, but that’s certainly not the only option; GE Aviation and mail-order company Cornerstone are both big local employers.

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