Top-notch professionals in the Columbus area look to Powell for a place to grow roots. Its schools are well regarded -- one of its high schools is ranked 4th in the state, while the entire district falls in the top 7%. The city income tax rate is three times lower than Columbus's.
A historic downtown mixes antique shops with chic eateries, and a recently opened winery offers tastings that add to local ambiance. Powell is even eco-friendly, getting 15% of the electricity to run its municipal building from a park pavilion covered in solar panels.Subscribe to Money Magazine
America's best small towns are not only thriving economically, they've also got all you could want in a place to raise a family.