Houston Heights, Houston
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Median household income: $63,500
Median home value: $251,400
Typical 2-bedroom rental: $2,000

Pros: Houstonians are blessed when it comes to affordable housing and an abundance of jobs. But Houston Heights offers something rare for this city: an urban, walkable area with a cohesive neighborhood vibe.

Shops and restaurants line the main thoroughfare of 19th Street: Highlights include vintage-clothing stores and a small-batch coffee roaster. Pocket parks dot the landscape, one with a community center and pool, and walking and biking paths connect the Heights with the city's larger trail network.

Cons: A few bus routes do run through the Heights, but in general, most residents depend on cars. While a couple of public schools stand out, most are less than stellar; many parents seek out alternatives like magnet schools. --Veronica Crews

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Source: NeighborhoodScout.com, MONEY research, Maponics, OnBoard Informatics, Bureau of Labor Statistics

Methodology: Reporters began by looking at walkability, green spaces, public transport, a variety of housing, a diverse group of neighbors, easy access to stores, eateries, culture -- and more. After narrowing the list, we crunched dozens of data points from NeighborhoodScout.com to see which 'hoods rose to the top, and then visited to find our top 10 here.

Notes: All median data are for Q1 2013. Considered data include education (local school quality), crime (total crime and crime relative to other U.S. neighborhoods), housing (appreciation, vacancy rate, affordability, and diversity of choices), ease of living (walkability, family-friendliness, population density, and features like green spaces, grocery stores, and movie theaters), and diversity (language, racial, and age).
  @Money - Last updated August 14 2013 11:12 AM ET
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