12. Okemos, MI
Okemos, MI
Population: 23,004
Single: 31.6%
Median family income: $111,516

If book-smarts matter to you, then you'll relish the abundance of professionals with multiple degrees in Okemos. With Michigan State University just a stone's throw away, the township is a natural destination for those looking to get away from the hubbub of student life. When the weather's good, spend lazy days on the shores of nearby Lake Lansing, and then take your new love interest to the charming Okemos Dairy, which serves hand-dipped cones, shakes and malts. When the Midwestern freeze sets in, relieve your cabin fever with East Lansing's nightlife, which is just a few miles away. 

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Last updated August 17 2011: 1:25 PM ET
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