8) New Canaan, Connecticut
New Canaan is part of Connecticut’s Gold Coast, an area known for its wealth. It shares this membership with Greenwich, Darien and Weston, which also made this list. It’s 12 miles from Greenwich and 48 miles from New York City. Many residents commute to New York via rail. Home styles range from large mansions, colonials and farmhouses to modern styles designed by the Harvard Five, a group of architects who settled here after attending Harvard University in the 1940s and 50s. The median household income is $179,338, while the state median is $71,346. The town center offers high end shopping and boutiques. Additionally, the school system is highly regarded and has been recognized by Forbes, Connecticut Magazine, and Barron’s. In 2012, 247wallst.com rated it the 8th wealthiest school district in the country.
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