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16. Manhattan Beach, CA
Manhattan Beach, CA
Population: 36,665
Median family income: $151,258
Median home price: $1,625,000

Manhattan Beach got its name about 100 years ago through a coin-toss between the area's two biggest landowners. ("Shore Acres" was the loser). Now referees toss a coin to see who gets to serve first at the annual Manhattan Beach Open, which has been called the "Wimbledon" of beach volleyball.

If you'd rather swim, sun or surf, there are more than 2.1 miles of beach front and 40 acres of recreational beach area in this greater Los Angeles-area town that has earned the nickname, "Pearl of the South Bay."

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Last updated July 16 2008: 1:22 PM ET
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