24. Eden Prairie, MN
Population: 61,191
Median family income: $116,085
Median home price: $264,505

Lakes for swimming and boating, hockey rinks, a low crime rate, excellent schools, and the Minnesota Vikings -- it doesn't take a genius to figure out why Eden Prairie made our list. The city has set aside loads of land for open space and trails, making it a greenspace oasis just outside of Minneapolis.

Executives from a variety of health services and Fortune 500 companies -- Optum, Cigna, Supervalu, C.H. Robinson -- choose to settle here for the strong family-focused community and outdoor attractions. Even in the dead of winter, Minnesotans like to get out to cross-country ski, skate and ice fish.

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  @Money - Last updated August 23 2012 12:50 PM ET
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