19. Palm Beach, FL
Palm Beach, FL
Population: 10,394
Median family income: $155,610
Median home price: $650,750

This barrier island between the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway merges small-town character, natural beauty and cosmopolitan culture to striking effect. Golf courses, beaches, parks, marinas and bicycle trails flourish. So do the Flagler Museum and Society of the Four Arts, a gorgeous venue for exhibits, concerts and lectures.

Ocean-front Mediterranean-style mansions with five-figure square footage start above $40 million. Infamous former resident Bernie Madoff's Palm Beach house sold for $5.65 million after languishing on the market for a year.

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Last updated August 15 2011: 2:49 PM ET
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