3. Scarsdale, NY
Scarsdale, NY
Population: 17,745
Median family income: $250,124
Median home price: $1,200,000

It's no wonder that celebrities from Liza Minnelli to Yoko Ono have called Scarsdale home. The upscale bedroom community has long been home to the rich and famous seeking a little distance from Manhattan.

But it's civic pride -- not famous residents and multimillion-dollar homes -- that defines Scarsdale these days. Locals have invested heavily in the six-and-a-half square mile town, and it shows. Concerned citizens have inspired superb public golf, tennis and swimming facilities, a ritzy new residential complex for seniors and a nationally renowned school system -- more than 90% of Scarsdale kids attend public school, and 99% go on to college.

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Last updated August 15 2011: 2:49 PM ET
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