This town's Main Street, with its brick-paved thoroughfares and locally owned shops and restaurants, attracts nearly one million visitors a year. Another big draw: The annual Oktoberfest, celebrating the town's German heritage.
But St. Charles attracts more than tourists. Businesses flock here to take advantage of the attractive tax incentives and low-cost financing that the town offers. And homebuyers move here for the affordable housing, attractive neighborhoods, good health care and strong sense of community. During this summer's drought, residents banded together to reduce their water consumption by about 20%.Subscribe to Money Magazine
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