23. Alexandria, VA
Alexandria, VA
Population: 154,886
Single: 38.6%
Median family income: $100,957

Located just seven miles from downtown Washington, Alexandria is the perfect place to snap up a well-connected politico. But the historic town isn't just for Capitol Hill types. Movers and shakers from a wide swath of industries make their home in this lively city. Grab brunch with a new squeeze in Old Town and then head to the waterfront, one of Alexandria's most romantic spots. Can't live without your pooch? Meet a fellow canine lover at the Hotel Monaco's famed Doggie Happy Hour, or canvas singles at any of the area's stellar selection of eateries and bars. 

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Last updated August 17 2011: 1:25 PM ET
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