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5. Lower Merion, PA
Lower Merion, PA
Population: 56,789
Median family income (per year): $144,686
Median home price: $240,000

Located along the Main Line of the historic Pennsylvania Railroad, Lower Merion has long been a refuge from city life for the well-heeled. In the mid-19th century, railroad scions, merchant magnates and metal and oil industry tycoons began erecting grand homes throughout the area.

Some of the sprawling estates, from Georgian-inspired mansions to Scottish-infused castles, still stand. But McMansions, condos and townhomes now dot the landscape to house today's professionals.

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Last updated July 14 2010: 11:43 AM ET

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