Mount Airy, Philadelphia
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Median household income: $55,600
Median home value: $221,200
Typical 2-bedroom rental: $1,000

Pros: Mount Airy pairs a racially and religiously diverse population with a neighborhood packed with historic homes and leafy streets.

Germantown Avenue, which divides East and West Mount Airy, is the backbone of the nabe and home to shops, art centers, and restaurants. Houses here start at about $200,000, roughly 30% lower than in neighboring Chestnut Hill (though you can easily pay $500,000 in the tonier parts of West Mount Airy).

Plus, the area is just a 10-minute walk from Fairmount Park, where residents can hike and picnic.

Cons: Crime rates are lower than for the city overall, but theft can still be a problem in East Mount Airy. --Susie Poppick

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


  @Money - Last updated August 14 2013 11:12 AM ET
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