2. Hillsborough, CA
Hillsborough, CA
Population: 10,540
Median family income: $319,240
Median home price: $2,277,500

Rural charm abounds in this 101-year-old town, which has long been a draw for wealthy Bay Area denizens. Folksy events include Drive-in Movie Night outside Town Hall, Soccer and Smiles camps for kids and a Memorial Day parade, where Girl Scouts, students, civic groups and citizens support the nation's troops in Afghanistan with a gift drive.

Keeping with its Bay Area ethic, Hillsborough's environmental initiatives are notably progressive. Its residents are among the top recyclers in the state, and the town requires green building techniques in new construction and remodeling projects.

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Last updated August 15 2011: 2:49 PM ET
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