3. Wesley Chapel, FL
Wesley Chapel, FL
Median home price: $134,000
Median family income: $89,426

Wesley Chapel has gotten creative during tough economic times in the past. In the pre-World War II years, residents relied on turpentine stills, lumber mills, cattle ranches, citrus groves -- and the occasional moonshine operation -- to help pay the bills.

These days, they're defying the economic slump using more conventional means. The town now is attracting high-paying financial services firms -- and the jobs that come with them.

Raymond James is the latest to announce a new office here. This rich new blood has kept the local economy humming, said real estate agent Jeff Miller.

Add good schools, low taxes, affordable housing, and a location just 25 miles north of Tampa into the mix and Wesley Chapel has stayed in high demand. The population has grown nearly 700% since the 2000 Census count.  

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Last updated August 15 2011: 2:48 PM ET
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