8. West University Place, TX
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Population: 15,427
Median family income: $226,311
Median home price: $737,500

Residents call West University Place an enclave, and it feels like a small town, even though it's almost surrounded by Houston. Bordering Rice University and less than five miles from Houston's downtown business district, West U attracts a slew of doctors, lawyers, and energy executives who enjoy good schools and tree-lined neighborhoods.

The streets share names with well-known universities (Vanderbilt, Amherst, Duke) and poets (Tennyson, Marlowe, Browning). Very apropos for one of the most educated communities in the South, where 85% of adults hold a bachelor's degree or higher.

Residents have replaced many of the city's smaller bungalows with 5,000- to 6,000-square-foot homes that carry seven-figure price tags. Of the 100 or so homes for sale there, more than half cost $1 million or more.

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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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