Pricey homes / Home appreciation
None are finalists on this year's list, but here are cities from the Best Places database with the highest median home price.
Rank City Median home
sale price 2005
1 Newport Beach, CA $1,362,500
2 Greenwich, CT $1,129,000
3 Santa Barbara, CA $979,500
4 Palo Alto, CA $929,000
5 Cupertino, CA $880,000
6 Goleta, CA $870,000
7 San Clemente, CA $848,500
8 Bethesda, MD $790,000
9 Pleasanton, CA $785,000
10 Santa Monica, CA $784,000
11 Redondo Beach, CA $777,500
12 Redwood City, CA $767,500
13 San Francisco, CA $755,000
14 Yorba Linda, CA $750,000
15 San Rafael, CA $745,000
16 Encinitas, CA $742,500
17 San Ramon, CA $725,000
18 San Mateo, CA $720,000
19 Arcadia, CA $703,000
20 Santa Cruz, CA $690,000
21 South San Francisco, CA $690,000
22 Berkeley, CA $683,500
23 Alameda, CA $682,500
24 Carlsbad, CA $680,000
25 Huntington Beach, CA $678,500
Source: OnBoard, Actual sales collected from county and municipal assessors' offices. Only includes sales within city boundaries.
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Top earning cities
  Median household income
Greenwich, CT $112,493
Cupertino, CA $110,518
San Ramon, CA $109,500
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  Avg. high temp
in July (°F)
Avondale, AZ 107.6°F
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Priciest homes
  Median price
Newport Beach, CA $1,362,500
Greenwich, CT $1,129,000
Santa Barbara, CA $979,500
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Most educated
  % residents with
graduate degrees
Arlington, VA 35.7%
Davis, CA 34.6%
Brookline, MA 32.5%
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Most singles
  % single residents
Bloomington, IN 58.2%
New Brunswick, NJ 54.6%
College Station, TX 54.3%
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  Median age
Jacksonville, NC 22.90
Provo, UT 23.28
New Brunswick, NJ 24.16
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