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17. Carmel, IN
Carmel, IN
Population: 66,769
Median family income (per year): $120,988
Median home price: $245,951

From turn-of-the-century bungalows to contemporary custom builds, this town of 122 neighborhoods fuses the old with the new to striking effect.

Old Town, its 19th century center, has been transformed into a thriving arts district with an eclectic mix of galleries, interior design studios, specialty shops and public art -- all with historically inspired exteriors.

Meanwhile, a new downtown, anchored by a 1,600-seat performing arts center, is near completion. Executives of the 40 science, healthcare and insurance firms that have corporate headquarters there keep the town on the leading edge.

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