Our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy have changed.

By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to the new Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.

52 of 100
BACK NEXT
52. Plainsboro, N.J.
Population: 21,608
Pros: Good transportation infrastructure; great schools
Con: Relatively high taxes

Plainsboro, just around the corner from Princeton University, is home to the university's Forrestal Campus, a large research facility. While Merrill Lynch and Bristol-Myers Squibb have established major operations here, the area also offers strong manufacturing and retail sectors.

Income taxes, at 8.97% for the top bracket, are relatively high, but residents don't seem to mind. Local businesses benefit from the city's location - it's just minutes from Route 1 and the New Jersey Turnpike, with access to express train service to Newark and New York City. The fine dining and cultural amenities of Princeton are only a ten minute drive away. Soon, residents won't even have to travel that far. Plainsboro is about to receive a new "downtown" called the Village Center, a mixed-use development that will house retailers, residential areas, and a much-awaited library. -Kelsey Abbott and Mina Kimes

Interactive map: Plainsboro, N.J.
Homes for sale Find homes for sale in Plainsboro, N.J.


NEXT: 53. Rochester, Minn.

Last updated July 02 2008: 11:16 AM ET
More Galleries
5 startups that are reimagining the world Bricks that grow from microorganisms, household garbage turned into art, three-wheeled bike-cars -- these startups are redefining urban living. More
Blue collar entrepreneurs These five entrepreneurs took their blue collar experience and used it to launch innovative businesses. More
7 lifehacks to eliminate your holiday hassle Whether curating the perfect gift or finding a pet-sitter, these startups offer time-saving services that might just seem like holiday magic. More

Special Offer