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Bethesda, Md., residents pull in more than $170,000 a year. Which other places in our Best Places database have high incomes?

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21. Ellicott City, MD
Ellicott City, MD
Population: 62,179
Median family income (per year): $116,820
Median home price: $380,000

From Art Deco to Victorian, this town's architecture is rich in tradition. Locals enjoy reveling in history, whether feasting on local cuisine at the Trolley Stop (originally built as a tavern in 1833) or trading ghost stories about residents of old who died in fires, floods and the Civil War.

Founded in 1772, Ellicott City lays claim to the oldest railroad terminus and operating flourmill in the country. With roots so deep, it's no surprise that its antique mall wins rave reviews too.

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