17. Wellesley, MA
Wellesley, MA
Population: 26,508
Median family income: $177,132
Median home price: $848,000

This two-college town is home to Wellesley and Babson colleges and an exceptionally well-educated populace.

But if residents are rich and smart, they're certainly not idle. The town's citizens take their community service seriously, whether as elected officials with statutory responsibilities or volunteers who cut and maintain walking trails. More than 500 people actively serve on town boards and committees.

And that doesn't even count the hundreds of parents and neighbors who support their local schools. When class is out, there's rarely an empty sports field in town where families cheer on their kids' athletic pursuits.

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Last updated August 15 2011: 2:49 PM ET
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