Wilmington, Mass.

Wilmington, Mass.

Nearest major city: Boston
Population: 22,402
Median family income: $99,069
Median home price: $330,000
Unemployment rate: 7.5%
Violent crime index: 47

The Boston Bruins hockey team spends some time practicing in Wilmington, where Ristuccia Arena is located. An upper-middle-class area first settled in the mid-1600s, this historic town organizes a popular Fourth of July celebration that draws thousands of visitors every year. It has its own school district and is a short commute to Boston, attracting many young families. Silver Lake provides many recreational opportunities.