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Bethesda, Md., residents pull in more than $170,000 a year. Which other places in our Best Places database have high incomes?

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12. North Hempstead, NY
North Hempstead, NY
Population: 212,845
Median family income (per year): $124,069
Median home price: $571,750

So this is how the other half lives -- surrounded by placid waters, verdant green spaces and stately abodes.

Historic mansions, public gardens and championship golf define the region as a whole, but each of North Hempstead's 31 villages brings a unique flavor to bear. Take, for example, the exclusive estates of Sands Point, eclectic apartments of Great Neck and leafy drives of Mineola.

Manhattan refugees of all stripes find something to love in North Hempstead. Just ask residents Howard Stern and Bill O'Reilly.

See complete data and interactive map for North Hempstead

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Last updated July 14 2010: 11:43 AM ET

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