Best Places to Live: Top 100

For this year's list we focused on smaller places that offered the best combination of economic opportunity, good schools, safe streets, things to do and a real sense of community.

Grapevine, Texas
Town Square, downtown Grapevine
97. Grapevine, Texas
Population: 49,400
Median home price (2006): $258,852
Average property taxes (2005): $4,828

Named after the wild mustang grapes that grew in the area, Grapevine is one of the oldest settlements in north Texas. Today, the town celebrates its heritage with GrapeFest, the Southwest's largest wine festival held each September. But teetotalers also have plenty to do, whether it's taking advantage of the three public golf courses (one designed by golf legend Byron Nelson); windsurfing and sailing on Grapevine Lake; or strolling down historic Main Street. Situated between Dallas and Fort Worth and just minutes from the airport, Grapevine's hotel and hospitality industry rules the area. And though traffic can be a challenge, in a few years Grapevine will benefit from a commuter rail system that will connect it to both Fort Worth and the airport, where travelers can also a catch a train to Dallas. -I.M.

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Hanover

Louisville

Lake Mary

Claremont

Papillion

Milton

Chaska

Nether Providence (Wallingford)

Suwanee

Sammamish

West Goshen

Montville

Apex

Horsham

La Palma

Olney

Sherwood

Corrales

Lisle

Chelmsford

Holly Springs

Hillsborough

Nanuet

Baldwin

Parker

Eastchester

Apple Valley

River Vale

Germantown

Winter Springs

Lake Oswego

Marlboro

La Mirada

Rocky Hill

Vadnais Heights

Plymouth Township

Coronado

Urbandale

Schertz

New Berlin

Elkridge

Jenks

Hewitt

Berkeley Heights

Westerville

Sayreville

Easton

Catonsville

Keller

Friendswood

Libertyville

Somers

Mechanicsville

Farmington

Eldersburg

Clayton

Readington

Saline

Lincoln

Woodridge

Moorpark

Camas

Peachtree City

Mooresville

Glen Allen

Liberty

Trumbull

Mukilteo

Vienna

Schererville

Crofton

Westborough

Granite Bay

Highland Heights

Martinez

El Dorado Hills

Moorestown

Pike Creek

Ridgeland

Mason

South Elgin

Mansfield

Beavercreek

Salem

North Haven

Emmaus

Lansing

Olive Branch

Franklin (Milwaukee County)

Helena

Grand Terrace

Twinsburg

Wilbraham

Bartlett

Gahanna

Grapevine

Seven Oaks

Silverdale

Cottonwood Heights
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