4. Newport Beach, CA
Best Places Top Earning Newport Beach CA
Population: 83,377
Median family income: $156,928
Median home price: $1,118,250

As its name suggests, Newport Beach offers heaps of water access with 10 miles of opulent coastline -- and the upscale waterfront housing to match. With an average winter high of 64 degrees, residents can enjoy the city's oceanfront all year long.

Looking for a lavish gated community? You'll find one in Newport Beach, as long as you don't mind a seven-figure price tag. You may even catch a glimpse of a visiting college football team or its traveling alumni, housed in town for the Rose Bowl. Fortune 500 company Pacific Life, as well as investment firm PIMCO, are headquartered here, and well-paid employees enjoy the short commute.

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