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6. Newton, MA
Newton, MA
Population: 82,139
Median family income (per year): $138,070
Median home price: $625,000

The roots of this moneyed town of academics and executives date back to New England's earliest settlers.

Called the Garden City for its trees and parks, its lush landscape contributes to the town's refined bearing. So does its distinguished history -- Jackson Homestead, a stop on the Underground Railroad, is a point of community pride.

Famous residents have included literary giants Nathaniel Hawthorne and Ralph Waldo Emerson, athletes Ted Williams and Larry Bird, and actors Jack Lemmon and Matt LeBlanc.

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