Chicago, IL 60604 (the Loop)

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  • Median income*: $559,138
  • Median home price: $907,500

The hub of the Midwest, Chicago serves as home base for many big corporations. At its center is the Loop, a major commercial district that's the most affluent section of the city. Large employers like the Chicago Board of Trade, Mercantile Exchange, JP Morgan Chase attract lots of finance types and executives.

Once the workday is done, outdoor lovers can relax in Grant Park, shoppers can try to resist temptation on the Magnificent Mile and culture vultures can enrich their minds at the city's renowned symphony or Art Institute.

First published June 12, 2014: 1:38 PM ET
Source: Income data latest available from Internal Revenue Service. Home prices are median sales prices Feb. - June 2014 from Trulia.
*Median adjusted gross income, 2011

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