Amid the pandemic, more Americans are adding something new to their backyards: chickens.
If you're one of those millennials who
moved to a rural or suburban area during the pandemic, it's practically a requirement that you pick up gardening tools at the very least, or maybe even some animal feed or a chicken coop.
One of the beneficiaries of that — besides, of course, the chickens — is Tractor Supply Co., a chain
popular in those areas, which says it's seen significant sales growth over the past year.
Based in Brentwood, Tennessee, Tractor Supply has nearly 2,000 small-format stores in 49 states. The retailer does not actually sell tractors, but it's an emporium of pet food and animal feed, lawn and garden tools, home goods, fencing, truck beds, chicken coops and recreational clothing.
It aims to be a destination for higher-income hobbyist farmers, DIYers and everyone else living what it calls in securities' filings the "'Out Here'" lifestyle" outside of metro areas.
reported Thursday that comparable sales — those at stores open for at least one year — increased 38.6% during its most recent quarter ending March 27 compared with a year prior. Total sales grew 42.5% to $2.8 billion, while profit grew 116.5% from a year earlier, to $181.4 million.
The company attributed its surging sales in part to its having attracted a group of new, younger customers ages 18 to 45 that are heading to the suburbs and rural areas.
CEO Hal Lawton said Thursday that he believes a migration out of urban areas, largely driven by the millennial population, is helping.
"The most robust home-ownership growth is in the millennial cohort, with the growth coming in suburban and rural areas," he said.
Census Bureau data also shows that homeownership rates are growing fastest among people under 44; the oldest people commonly considered millennials are turning or have turned 40 this year.
Tractor Supply also points to an estimate from data analytics firm Prevedere that rural population growth among millennials increased 3% in February compared to the year prior, based on its an analysis of Census data.
Lawton, a former Macy's, eBay and Home Depot executive, said based on the company's customer survey data, millennials "had a very large increase as a percentage of our sales" last quarter. "We believe the growth in this customer segment has staying power and could be a structural game changer for us."
Tractor Supply Co. says it's seen significant sales growth over the past year.
'It's not a huge store'
Shoppers like Becky Trout say Tractor Supply carries a certain appeal.
In September, Trout, 27, and her fiancé bought a house in Euclid, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland, to escape their apartment in Cleveland. "We needed a backyard," she said.
Trout does a lot of gardening in that new backyard — and she buys dirt, mulch and grass seed for it at Tractor Supply. She also shops for dog food there and recently bought two kayaks and fastener for her fence. She plans to buy patio chairs from Tractor Supply when the weather warms up.
Trout said she's been to Tractor Supply three times in the past month. She prefers its small, "easy to navigate" store over walking through a big-box chain.
"It's not a huge store like Home Depot or Lowe's," she said.
Though many people are like or know someone like Trout, it's not exactly clear how many millennials moved to suburban and rural areas over the past year — or, more importantly for Tractor Supply's future, how many might stay.
Investment bank Cowen found in a survey of 2,700 US adults in June that there had been an uptick in millennials who said they were living in suburban areas and a decline in those who reported living in cities.
Forty-nine percent of 18-to-24-year-old respondents in June said they were living in a suburban area, up eight percentage points from the same month in 2019, while 48% of respondents ages 25 to 34 said they lived in a suburban area, up four percentage points from the prior year.
Adam Kamins, director of economic research at Moody's, noted in an email that a wider set of Census Bureau figures on population patterns by age and geographic area will be released later this year, which should shed more light on where millennials moved in the pandemic.
But there is already "indirect evidence that a move to suburban and exurban areas is taking place" and that millennials are powering this shift, he said.
Some millennials will move back to cities as the virus gets under control, he said, but others will stay put in the suburbs as
remote work sticks.
Aside from demographic shifts working in its favor, Tractor Supply has also benefited from
increased pet adoption in the pandemic and consumers spending more on their pets, and shoppers investing in sprucing up their homes and backyards.
"Our current survey work with our customers indicate 25% have recently acquired and adopted a new pet," Lawton said Thursday. "New companion animal ownership acts as an annuity for our business as these puppies and kittens grow up."
Tractor Supply plans to keep growing: The company will open up 80 new stores this year and on Thursday raised its sales and profit guidance for the year.
The 50 best places to live in America
Best places to live in America
Pristine beaches along the Pacific Ocean, a stellar school system, outdoor ice rinks galore, safe neighborhoods, or ample golf courses—depending on priorities, any of these might be deciding factors in choosing the best place to live in America.
To help make a choice,
Stacker compiled a list of the best places to live in every state using Niche’s 2020 rankings. Niche ranks places to live based on an array of factors, including the cost of living, educational level of residents, housing, and public schools. Each slide includes the total population, median home value, median rent, and median household income. Check out the details of Niche’s methodology.
The list features college towns, suburbs, and cities. Many are appealing for their safe and quiet streets, their commitment to education, or their proximity to the cultural attractions of an urban area, or a nearby wilderness for hiking and skiing. Some grew popular when a major company moved in, boosting local job opportunities. Some are especially quaint and historical, while others are enjoying tech booms.
Maybe you are looking to relocate, or maybe you’re just daydreaming about a move. Maybe you’d just like to see if your hometown is mentioned. Take a look at the towns and cities that have earned their spot—and read why—on our list of the top 50 places to live in the United States.
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#50. Madison, Alabama
- Population: 49,327
- Median home value: $253,000 (71% own)
- Median rent: $946 (29% rent)
- Median household income: $99,188
With several dog parks and playgrounds, Madison, Alabama, offers recreational options for kids or canines. In 2020,
a new minor league baseball team moved into town. The city is home to growing corporations, offers numerous civic organizations, and volunteer opportunities.
#49. Devon, Pennsylvania
- Population: 1,869
- Median home value: $657,700 (92% own)
- Median rent: $2,177 (8% rent)
- Median household income: $193,015
Leafy Devon, Pennsylvania
, is a suburb about 15 miles from Philadelphia, with Tudor mansions, historic carriage houses, and colonial homes. It hosts the Devon Horse Show, an annual event that started in 1896, and its Jenkins Arboretum is home to nearly 100 species of songbirds.
#48. Cascades, Virginia
- Population: 11,389
- Median home value: $486,000 (77% own)
- Median rent: $1,944 (23% rent)
- Median household income: $151,111
Suburban Cascades, Virginia, is home to many families and young professionals, and it’s an easy commute to Washington D.C. The public schools are highly rated, and nearly 1 in 3 residents has a master’s degree or higher.
#47. Johns Creek, Georgia
- Population: 83,999
- Median home value: $400,100 (76% own)
- Median rent: $1,677 (24% rent)
- Median household income: $122,514
Johns Creek, Georgia, a suburb of Atlanta, has a variety of top-flight golf courses. The Johns Creek
International Festival draws almost 20,000 visitors each year, and the city has recently gained recognition from Amazon for its innovation in local business.
#46. Bloomfield Charter Township, Michigan
- Population: 42,054
- Median home value: $427,700 (90% own)
- Median rent: $1,388 (10% rent)
- Median household income: $132,929
Oakland Hills Country Club in Bloomfield hosts some of the biggest golf tournaments in the world, but the local skating club may be even more prestigious, having groomed several Olympians. Currently, the town has a
AAA bond rating, showing a healthy tax base. Singer Aretha Franklin and actor-comedian Robin Williams fondly recalled living in Bloomfield.
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#45. Chesterfield, Missouri
- Population: 47,605
- Median home value: $379,800 (78% own)
- Median rent: $1,200 (22% rent)
- Median household income: $113,315
While there are many nearby wonders in St. Louis, few of the big city’s attractions are as specific as the
Butterfly House in Chesterfield, Missouri, a butterfly zoo that opened in 1998. One of Chesterfield’s most famous former residents is pitcher Max Scherzer, who won a World Series title with the Washington Nationals in 2019.
#44. Boalsburg, Pennsylvania
- Population: 4,642
- Median home value: $324,900 (82% own)
- Median rent: $1,170 (18% rent)
- Median household income: $105,891
Boalsburg, Pennsylvania, situated near Penn State University, is a picturesque small town filled with Victorian-style homes and quaint shops. It is considered the birthplace of the Memorial Day holiday, and each year the town hosts a celebration that attracts thousands of visitors.
#43. Troy, Michigan
- Population: 83,989
- Median home value: $301,500 (74% own)
- Median rent: $1,215 (26% rent)
- Median household income: $101,882
Numerous Troy Recreation Department events, like a
Halloween 5K run and Winter Wonderland, provide a communal feel to this growing suburb of Detroit. Oakland/Troy Airport serves business travelers, while Interstate 75 leads directly into Detroit. The Stage Nature Center is a hub for all things outdoors in Troy, Michigan.
#42. Fishers, Indiana
- Population: 90,332
- Median home value: $264,200 (78% own)
- Median rent: $1,250 (22% rent)
- Median household income: $109,454
As this Indianapolis suburb experiences rapid growth, the Fishers, Indiana, schools are seeing
heavy investment. Geist Reservoir is a popular recreation spot, and there is an annual renaissance fair. Several members of the NBA’s Indiana Pacers have resided in Fishers.
#41. Ottawa Hills, Ohio
- Population: 4,450
- Median home value: $319,100 (86% own)
- Median rent: $1,338 (14% rent)
- Median household income: $155,893
Ottawa Hills, Ohio, located near the University of Toledo in northwestern Ohio, gets high ratings for being family friendly, safe, and quiet. But its cost of living and its home and rental prices are much higher than elsewhere in the state.
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#40. Long Grove, Illinois
- Population: 7,963
- Median home value: $648,700 (98% own)
- Median rent: $3,250 (2% rent)
- Median household income: $214,073
Long Grove, the first historic district designated in the state of Illinois, has cobblestone walks and charming architecture that dates to the 1800s. Northwest of Chicago, the village recently renovated its one-lane, covered bridge.
#39. Elm Grove, Wisconsin
- Population: 6,153
- Median home value: $370,500 (93% own)
- Median rent: $950 (7% rent)
- Median household income: $106,058
Elm Grove, Wisconsin, has a small-town feel, yet it’s just 20 minutes from downtown Milwaukee. It is one of Wisconsin’s official
Bird Cities that takes special care so that its public spaces and private yards provide habitat, feeding areas, nesting areas, and open water for local and migratory birds.
#38. Brighton, New York
- Population: 36,272
- Median home value: $184,600 (55% own)
- Median rent: $1,049 (45% rent)
- Median household income: $75,807
A suburb of Rochester, New York, Brighton is family friendly, and more than half of its families have children under 18. It gets top reviews for its amenities, schools, job opportunities, and low crime. As to affordability, its median real estate prices are lower than the rest of the state. Average test scores at public schools are 22% higher than the national average, and two-thirds of residents have a bachelor’s degree.
#37. Prairie Village, Kansas
- Population: 22,170
- Median home value: $290,600 (77% own)
- Median rent: $1,337 (23% rent)
- Median household income: $91,136
A small shopping center built in 1947 started the ascent of Pairie Village, Kansas, as one of America’s best places to live. Today, a
Village Vision Strategic Investment Plan is ensuring safe and steady growth for this Kansas City suburb. In a citizen survey in 2018, 99% of residents rated Prairie Village as an excellent or good place to live.
#36. Alpharetta, Georgia
- Population: 65,590
- Median home value: $422,800 (66% own)
- Median rent: $1,451 (34% rent)
- Median household income: $113,802
Near Atlanta, Alpharetta, Georgia, is home to the park-like Ameris Bank Amphitheatre for concerts; a 50-acre Equestrian Center; and the Big Creek Greenway, a wildlife-filled conservation park for jogging, biking, and inline skating. Its
City Center is a 26-acre locale that includes the downtown historic district, shops and restaurants, office space, luxury apartments, and green space.
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#35. Decatur, Georgia
- Population: 24,002
- Median home value: $521,900 (66% own)
- Median rent: $1,015 (34% rent)
- Median household income: $106,088
European settlers originally moved onto farmland in Decatur, Georgia, in the 19th century, but today the town is known for its commuters into Atlanta. Decatur’s schools are some of the best in the state, and Emory University is nearby.
#34. Creve Coeur, Missouri
- Population: 18,538
- Median home value: $402,300 (69% own)
- Median rent: $1,244 (31% rent)
- Median household income: $96,319
Creve Coeur, Missouri, used to be synonymous with Monsanto, but a 2018
acquisition by Bayer put the future of the agricultural company town in doubt. However, Bayer is now filling the job gap in Creve Coeur, keeping this St. Louis suburb, which is near Chesterfield, on the upswing. Among those who have called Creve Coeur home is actor Jon Hamm, who grew up in the small town.
#33. Innsbrook, Virginia
- Population: 8,888
- Median home value: $363,600 (57% own)
- Median rent: $1,185 (43% rent)
- Median household income: $91,457
Innsbrook, Virginia, is a mixed-use community with residences, office space, recreation, lakes, and trails. It was founded in 1979 on 850 acres of undeveloped rural land not far from Richmond, Virginia.
#32. The Woodlands, Texas
- Population: 113,819
- Median home value: $374,200 (71% own)
- Median rent: $1,566 (29% rent)
- Median household income: $122,634
A short drive from Sugar Land, Texas, The Woodlands beats out its neighbor with a
community of villages developed specifically around good schools, nature, and prime housing. Halliburton and Chevron are among the companies with large campuses in The Woodlands. Recreationally, a koi garden and boathouse are just two of the highlights in the city.
#30. Brentwood, Missouri
- Population: 8,005
- Median home value: $228,800 (64% own)
- Median rent: $1,239 (36% rent)
- Median household income: $81,069
Brentwood, Missouri, residents tend to be white-collar professionals, many in computer and math fields. The Brentwood Ice Rink hosts the St. Louis Rockets, a youth hockey organization, and the St. Louis Skating Club, a figure skating club founded in 1932. It ranks among the top 10 school districts in the state. Real estate prices are high compared with the rest of Missouri.
#29. Santa Monica, California
- Population: 91,577
- Median home value: $1,382,700 (29% own)
- Median rent: $1,802 (71% rent)
- Median household income: $96,570
Santa Monica Pier is this coastal city’s iconic landmark, providing entertainment and scenic views for more than a century. A film festival and outdoor shopping attractions draw visitors and locals, who can arrive via Santa Monica Airport. In seven years, residents will watch beach volleyball and surfing competitions from the area during the 2028 Summer Olympics.
#28. Mount Lebanon Township, Pennsylvania
- Population: 32,303
- Median home value: $268,500 (72% own)
- Median rent: $928 (28% rent)
- Median household income: $100,011
Mt. Lebanon Township, Pennsylvania, takes pride in its tree-lined sidewalks, nature trails, outdoor swim center, tennis courts, and ice rink. The Pittsburgh suburb’s name is derived from two cedar trees brought back by a local preacher who visited Lebanon and planted them in front of his home in the mid-1800s.
#27. Jericho, New York
- Population: 13,889
- Median home value: $797,400 (87% own)
- Median rent: $2,008 (13% rent)
- Median household income: $173,709
Jericho is a New York City suburb with highly ranked schools. Its median income is nearly three times the national average. But its median home value also is nearly three times higher than the rest of the country, and its median rent is twice as high as the rest of the country. Less than 30 miles from midtown Manhattan, it’s a quick commute by train or bus.
#26. Short Pump, Virginia
- Population: 28,328
- Median home value: $413,900 (57% own)
- Median rent: $1,434 (43% rent)
- Median household income: $107,321
Short Pump, Virginia, is less than 10 miles from Richmond, Virginia, and slightly more than 100 miles from Washington D.C. It has an open-air mall for shopping, parkland with picnic facilities, spray fountains, athletic fields, and a restored 1902 two-room schoolhouse. Its name is traced back to a short-handled water pump at a local tavern where stagecoach drivers would stop in the early 1800s.
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#25. Sugar Land, Texas
- Population: 118,709
- Median home value: $323,300 (81% own)
- Median rent: $1,775 (19% rent)
- Median household income: $121,274
For two centuries,
Imperial Sugar played a key role in the evolution of Sugar Land, Texas. No longer dependent on just sugar, this Houston suburb welcomed major companies like Minute Maid and Glazer Properties. For entertainment, the Sugar Land Skeeters minor league baseball team hosts thousands of fans each summer.
#24. Arlington, Virginia
- Population: 233,464
- Median home value: $705,400 (43% own)
- Median rent: $1,970 (57% rent)
- Median household income: $120,071
The Pentagon and Arlington National Cemetery are two of the most-visited spots in Arlington, Virginia, but this city has much more to offer. George Mason University law school and satellite campuses for the
University of Virginia are located in Arlington. Soon, Amazon will have a giant facility in Arlington, as well.
#23. North Bethesda, Maryland
- Population: 49,872
- Median home value: $567,500 (52% own)
- Median rent: $1,910 (48% rent)
- Median household income: $107,220
Several nonprofits are headquartered in North Bethesda, Maryland, including the
Society of American Foresters. North Bethesda’s high schools post high rankings in state surveys, while Georgetown Preparatory School is one of the oldest boarding schools in the United States. Workers in the Washington D.C. area have a short commute into the nation’s capital.
#22. Madeira, Ohio
- Population: 9,147
- Median home value: $294,400 (88% own)
- Median rent: $1,336 (12% rent)
- Median household income: $117,944
Madeira, Ohio, is a suburb of Cincinnati, where Procter & Gamble is the area’s largest industry and employer. Madeira’s cost of living is slightly higher than the national average, and its population has grown nearly 4% since 2010. Its
spending on schools is slightly higher than the national average, and its student-to-teacher ratio is lower than that of the rest of the country.
#21. North Potomac, Maryland
- Population: 23,914
- Median home value: $672,900 (84% own)
- Median rent: $2,129 (16% rent)
- Median household income: $171,066
About 20 miles from Washington D.C., North Potomac, Maryland, has a low unemployment rate and a good
housing market. Its elementary schools are among the best in Maryland. During the spring and fall, trails throughout North Potomac become full of fitness enthusiasts.
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#20. Coppell, Texas
- Population: 41,645
- Median home value: $388,800 (72% own)
- Median rent: $1,450 (28% rent)
- Median household income: $122,340
Amazon and Samsung are two major corporations with facilities in Coppell, Texas. Combined with an easy commute to Dallas and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, Coppell became a hopping business hub. Coppell also won numerous awards for promoting healthy living, schools, and recreational opportunities for kids.
#19. Cinco Ranch, Texas
- Population: 16,437
- Median home value: $373,600 (83% own)
- Median rent: $1,375 (17% rent)
- Median household income: $141,752
There are pools for everyone in the family to enjoy inside the planned community of Cinco Ranch in Katy, Texas. Residents also take advantage of a golf club and several trails and parks. Home-price values in Katy, which include part of Cinco Ranch, have skyrocketed in the Houston suburb that has been one
of the best places to live.
#18. Cary, North Carolina
- Population: 166,268
- Median home value: $356,400 (68% own)
- Median rent: $1,246 (32% rent)
- Median household income: $104,669
Cary, located near North Carolina’s Research Triangle, has been called one of the
safest cities in America by some outlets. The town hosts the North Carolina Courage of the National Women’s Soccer League, and USA Baseball’s national training complex. Cary has its own public transportation system.
#17. South Kensington, Maryland
- Population: 8,763
- Median home value: $754,200 (89% own)
- Median rent: $2,180 (11% rent)
- Median household income: $180,000
South Kensington, Maryland, sits on the Potomac River between southern Maryland and northern Virginia, with easy access to Washington D.C. Homes are expensive, and the prices have appreciated nearly four times the national average in the past decade. Two-thirds of residents commute to work by car, and their average commute one-way is just over 30 minutes.
#16. Berwyn, Pennsylvania
- Population: 3,531
- Median home value: $475,200 (68% own)
- Median rent: $1,351 (32% rent)
- Median household income: $102,147
Berwyn, Pennsylvania, schools are ranked among the top 10 in the state, and it is praised as a good place to live both for families and for retirees. A third of the small town’s residents have bachelor’s degrees, and a third have master’s degrees or higher. Housing is costly, however, and Berwyn’s median home value is more than twice the national average.
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#15. Clayton, Missouri
- Population: 16,588
- Median home value: $633,400 (59% own)
- Median rent: $1,249 (41% rent)
- Median household income: $107,596
Clayton, Missouri’s restaurants specialize in pastries, with
doughnuts a favorite among locals. Various dog parks, camps, and the Historic Hanley House museum are notable points of interest in town. Washington University, one of the Midwest’s most prestigious higher education institutions, has a property in Clayton.
#14. Swarthmore, Pennsylvania
- Population: 6,318
- Median home value: $415,200 (77% own)
- Median rent: $1,021 (23% rent)
- Median household income: $107,778
Swarthmore, a suburb of Philadelphia, crime rates are low, and schools are highly ranked. Public school test scores are 67% above the national average. But Swarthmore’s cost of living, driven by high housing prices, is 29% higher than the national average. It is home to prestigious Swarthmore College, founded in 1864 by Quakers.
#13. Stone Ridge, Virginia
- Population: 14,220
- Median home value: $473,800 (87% own)
- Median rent: $2,592 (13% rent)
- Median household income: $153,628
Stone Ridge, Virginia, is less than 40 miles from Washington D.C., and close to Dulles International Airport. Its housing stock features single-family homes, condominiums, and townhomes, and nearly nine out of 10 families own their homes. The town has a clubhouse with a fitness center, an amphitheater, three swimming pools, miles of walking trails, and the Loudoun County Gum Spring Library.
#12. Morrisville, North Carolina
- Population: 26,280
- Median home value: $331,800 (48% own)
- Median rent: $1,398 (52% rent)
- Median household income: $101,738
Lenovo has a giant headquarters in Morrisville, North Carolina, which makes sense given the town’s location within the state’s Research Triangle. Good public schools, the housing market, and jobs have put Morrisville on the top of best places to live lists.
#11. Houserville, Pennsylvania
- Population: 1,972
- Median home value: $225,700 (82% own)
- Median rent: $1,257 (18% rent)
- Median household income: $90,750
The tiny town of
Houserville, Pennsylvania, is close to Penn State University. It has a rural feel, and its housing prices are not much higher than the national average. Students attend State College Area High School, rated the best high school in the county. State test scores show 83% of students are proficient or higher in math and 82% are proficient or higher in reading, and the high school graduation rate is 95%.
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#10. Richmond Heights, Missouri
- Population: 8,500
- Median home value: $253,700 (56% own)
- Median rent: $1,035 (44% rent)
- Median household income: $82,261
Located near St. Louis,
Richmond Heights, Missouri, is filled with stately older homes, mostly built before World War II. Most working residents are white-collar professionals, although it also has a remarkably high number of resident artists, designers, and members of the media. More than 70% of adults have a four-year college degree, master’s degree, doctorate, or degrees in medicine or law, compared with a national average of less than 22%.
#9. Clarendon Hills, Illinois
- Population: 8,716
- Median home value: $506,400 (84% own)
- Median rent: $978 (16% rent)
- Median household income: $111,958
Clarendon Hills, Illinois, draws families and young professionals with its quality schools, low crime rates, and proximity to Chicago. At more than 32 minutes, the typical commute is longer than the national average. Most people use public transit to get to work.
#8. Ardmore, Pennsylvania
- Population: 12,808
- Median home value: $355,400 (59% own)
- Median rent: $1,415 (41% rent)
- Median household income: $96,780
Ardmore, Pennsylvania, is an affluent, historic suburb of Philadelphia. One of the first shopping centers in the country, its Suburban Square, opened in 1928. There’s also shopping at Lancaster Avenue and nearby streets, and a farmers’ market. Five weekends each year, Ardmore traditionally hosts the Clover Market of vintage and artisanal goods, and each year it hosts a Restaurant Week and an Oktoberfest.
#7. Los Alamos, New Mexico
- Population: 12,666
- Median home value: $308,100 (67% own)
- Median rent: $1,042 (33% rent)
- Median household income: $116,116
Known as the birthplace of the atom bomb developed by Manhattan Project scientists at
Los Alamos, the New Mexico locale is a great place to live. It has more than 300 days of sunshine each year, easy access to wilderness mesas, mountains, and canyons, and a thriving arts scene. Its schools have been named the best in the state, and jobs at the Los Alamos National Laboratory draw highly educated and innovative people to the area.
#5. Brookline, Massachusetts
- Population: 59,180
- Median home value: $933,200 (49% own)
- Median rent: $2,268 (51% rent)
- Median household income: $117,326
Brookline, outside of Boston, has its own puppet theater—the
Puppet Showplace Theater. Visitors can also step inside John F. Kennedy’s childhood home. Comedian Conan O’Brien is among the noted graduates of Brookline High School.
#4. Carmel, Indiana
- Population: 97,464
- Median home value: $333,200 (76% own)
- Median rent: $1,207 (24% rent)
- Median household income: $112,765
In recent years, Carmel, Indiana, has been recognized as the best place to raise a family in Indiana, one of
America’s safest cities, and the best place to launch a career. Besides being Niche’s best place to live in America, Carmel, an Indianapolis suburb, has a serene Japanese garden.
#3. Penn Wynne, Pennsylvania
- Population: 5,932
- Median home value: $366,000 (87% own)
- Median rent: $1,416 (13% rent)
- Median household income: $123,854
In the leafy Philadelphia suburb of
Penn Wynne, public school test scores are 70% higher than the national average, and all but 2% of its students graduate high school. Crime rates are extremely low. But the cost of living is high, pushed up in particular by home values that are 95% higher than the U.S. average.
#2. Holly Hills, Colorado
- Population: 2,835
- Median home value: $460,100 (97% own)
- Median rent: $2,634 (3% rent)
- Median household income: $132,955
Holly Hills, Colorado, a suburb of Denver, gets top reviews as a place to raise a family and a place to retire. It’s walkable and diverse, with good public schools. Nearly all its homes are older, built between 1940 and 1969, and many have four, five, or more bedrooms. Downtown Denver is easily accessible by light rail.
#1. Chesterbrook, Pennsylvania
- Population: 4,800
- Median home value: $323,000 (77% own)
- Median rent: $1,832 (23% rent)
- Median household income: $130,000
Residents enjoy top-quality schools, parklands, quiet streets and safety in
Chesterbrook, Pennsylvania, a suburb that’s about a 30-minute drive from Philadelphia. It’s adjacent to the Valley Forge National Historical Park, the site of the 1777-1778 winter encampment of Gen. George Washington and the Continental Army. During that time, the ragtag soldiers trained to become a disciplined and unified force.
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CNN Business' Anna Bahney contributed to this article.