3. Nantucket, MA
best places least crowded nantucket massachusetts
Population: 11,171
People per square mile: 248

With wide-open beaches, tall grasslands swaying in the wind, and a windmill in the distance, it's easy to lose yourself in "island time." Even the hustle and bustle of downtown is reminiscent of simpler days -- the town's quaint architecture and cobblestone streets are intact from its early days as a whaling port.

When the summertime flurry subsides, the island's 11,000 year-round residents enjoy community traditions like the springtime daffodil festival and annual restaurant week. But calling this place home comes with a price tag -- a new pad could set you back more than $1 million.

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Source: Census data, Onboard Informatics projections/aggregation. Only places experiencing population growth and where median family income was above the state average were considered. No more than 2 places within a state could qualify.
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