16. The Woodlands, TX
Best Places Top Earning The Woodlands TX
Population: 97,968
Median family income: $122,091
Median home price: $265,000

If you could plan a community, it would look like the Woodlands -- which is the whole idea. Some 27 miles north of Houston, designers created a nature-centric suburban ideal, complete with almost 200 miles of hike and bike trails, lavish neighborhoods dotted with playgrounds and parks. A sparkling waterway connects the township's outdoor amphitheater to much of its downtown office space.

If you want an estate with a theater, game room, and a sunken wine grotto, you can find it here. The area's amenities have attracted a variety of employers, from energy company Anadarko to Aon Hewitt.

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  @Money - Last updated August 23 2012 12:50 PM ET
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