12. West University Place, TX
West University Place, TX
Population: 14,715
Median family income: $194,232
Median home price: $521,250

Smack in the middle of the Houston Metro area, this two-square-mile town offers easy access to big-city amenities with plenty to offer on its own for active residents. A new LEED-certified recreation center offers a heated indoor fitness and instructional pool, a walking tail, workout room, squash courts and classrooms.

Colonial Park Pool is the place for outdoor water activity in West University Place. A rock wall, slide and lily pad crossing keep kids -- and parents -- entertained for hours. Low crime rates, gorgeous homes and good schools add to the area's appeal.

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Last updated August 15 2011: 2:49 PM ET
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