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Top 100
Rank City Population
26 Lakeville, MN 53,000
27 Ann Arbor, MI 113,200
28 Gilbert, AZ 191,500
29 Gaithersburg, MD 57,900
30 Chandler, AZ 240,500
31 Burke, VA 58,200
32 Bolingbrook, IL 69,800
33 Loveland, CO 61,100
34 Euless, TX 52,000
35 Edison, NJ 101,400
36 West Bloomfield Township, MI 65,900
37 Reston, VA 63,600
38 Frisco, TX 80,400
39 Shawnee, KS 59,200
40 Eden Prairie, MN 60,900
41 Maple Grove, MN 60,500
42 Bellevue, WA 118,100
43 Burnsville, MN 59,300
44 Westminster, CO 105,700
45 Franklin, TN 55,800
46 North Hempstead, NY 222,600
47 Scottsdale, AZ 231,100
48 Novi, MI 54,100
49 Newton, MA 82,800
50 Longmont, CO 82,600
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Top 3

City Median income
New Canaan, CT $231,138
Darien, CT $218,130
Lake Forest, IL $212,122
City % single
Hoboken, NJ 57.7%
Cambridge, MA 52.4%
Somerville, MA 51.4%
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Nicholasville, KY $70,000
Watauga, TX $117,040
Redan, GA $115,000
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