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Nevada

Paradise

Nearest city: Las Vegas
Population: 229,403
Median household income: $61,037

Paradise, a census-designated place, actually includes the Vegas Strip and many other places considered by most visitors to be part of Las Vegas. The area, which has become increasingly affordable thanks to falling home prices, is home to world-class restaurants and stores, and is a short drive from beautiful desert parks.

Runners-up:
Spring Valley
Sunrise Manor

Click here to see the 2010 version of the Best Places to Raise Your Kids