4. Sierra Vista, AZ
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Population: 44,907
People per square mile: 295

This picturesque mountain town in southeastern Arizona boasts expansive canyon views and majestic starry skies. Outdoor enthusiasts relish the moderate temperatures (at least by Arizona standards) and plentiful opportunities to be active. For hiking, there's the Huachuca Mountains to explore; for horseback riding, trails along the San Pedro River beckon. The area's also celebrated among birdwatchers as the hummingbird capital of the U.S.

More of a culture vulture? Enjoy a free summer concert in Veterans Memorial Park, stroll through the year-round farmer's market, or tour the area's growing number of wineries.

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Source: Census data, Onboard Informatics projections/aggregation. Only places experiencing population growth and where median family income was above the state average were considered. No more than 2 places within a state could qualify.
  @Money - Last updated August 15 2013 03:12 PM ET
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