39. Overland Park, Kans.

Population: 176,718
Census Region: Midwest
Median Family Income: $94,114
Median Home Price: $229,925
Average Property Taxes: $3,105
Projected Job Growth: 7.5%
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This sprawling suburb of Kansas City has become a staple on our list for good reason. It boasts nationally recognized schools, plenty of midrange home choices and white-collar jobs galore.

While Sprint remains the largest employer in Overland Park, the options keep expanding. BHC Rhodes, a civil engineering firm, is adding 60 jobs this year; Intouch Solutions, a marketing agency, plans to double its workforce to nearly 700 over the next five years. And Overland Park Regional Medical Center completed a $110 million expansion in August, which included a new patient tower and emergency department.

Summers can be brutally hot, and Overland Park isn’t exactly near the beach. Making up for that is a plethora of local attractions including a 96-acre tournament-level soccer complex, the Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead, a 300-acre arboretum, and the long-awaited outpost of the American Museum of Natural History, which opened in May.

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