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11. Bethesda, MD
Bethesda, MD
Population: 59,066
Median family income: $167,043
Median home price: $758,000

Don't tell Bethesda it's just another D.C. suburb. It's home to the some of the nation's most important institutions, including the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the National Institutes of Health and the Bethesda Naval Hospital where the president heads for his annual checkup.

Commander-in-chief cachet aside, the city prides itself on a lively arts and culture scene with art galleries, a summer concert series, outdoor festivals and an annual juried competition for area artists.

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