18. Westbury, NY
Westbury, NY
Population: 15,178
Single: 31.5%
Median family income: $103,272

New Yorkers who want to get to know -- instead of hide from -- their neighbors, are drawn to this leafy Long Island suburb. Once you've landed your high-earner, enjoy Westbury's tranquility, or explore the surrounding villages. Visit the elaborate Old Westbury Gardens, an idyllic setting for a blossoming romance. Culture vultures are also in luck: The Nassau County Museum of Art in Roslyn Harbor is one of the best-regarded suburban museums in the nation.  

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Last updated August 17 2011: 1:25 PM ET
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