21. Mercer Island, WA
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Population: 23,446
Median family income: $148,284
Median home price: $755,000

It doesn't get much more scenic and inviting than Mercer Island, an island (of course) in the middle of Lake Washington between Bellevue and Seattle. The school district is the top-ranked in the state, and the space is mostly residential, with wooded areas, landscaped homes and miles of shoreline.

Residents enjoy public beaches and a city-owned boat launch, plus walking trails along the water and the occasional kayak launch point. While the major shopping is on the mainland, Mercer Island offers the basics, including grocery stores, banks and a few small restaurants

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Source: Census data, Onboard Informatics projection/aggregation. Only two places per state could qualify.
  @Money - Last updated August 12 2013 08:24 AM ET
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