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From coastal hamlets to leafy burbs, these top 10 cities offer families exceptional public schools and median home prices upwards of $800K.

By GreatSchools Staff

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New Canaan, Conn.

Education quality score: 94.97
Median home price: $1,053,640
Population: 19,890

Drive just a few minutes north of Stamford, up to the Five Mile River, and you’ll find the charming community of New Canaan, one of the wealthiest townships in the country. In fact, CNN Money recently ranked New Canaan as the home of the highest median family income in the United States. Replete with elegant turn-of-the-century homes, the town also has a venerable tradition in modern architecture including midcentury homes designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and other luminaries.

For families settling in New Canaan, the schools are no doubt a major attraction. With a budget of more than $50 million, New Canaan Public Schools serves 4,000 students. Its commitment to excellence is well recognized: Connecticut Magazine, in its biannual “Rate the Towns” survey, put the school system first in its category, ahead of more than 25 equally well-heeled communities.

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Comments from readers

"I am glad you did not hear of Montgomery, NJ - a very small town of about 20,000 with J&J Consumer HQs and Bloomberg and a top (VERY diverse) school set in a rural setting yet with proximity/access to one of the best colleges in the world (Princeton) and hence it's resources. We don't want the bucolic countryside upset by snobs and self-serving opportunists who are not interested in contributing and BUILDING communities."
"This list is really silly. These are all old money suburbs. There are many of these and some of these school districts are not as good as the local privates. I think Palo Alto, CA; Winnetka, IL; La Canada, CA all belong on this list. Plus the Mercer Island photo is actually of Bellevue. Just a heads up."
"I cannot believe you found no good schools in southern California cities.Did you even look at arcadia or san marino? "
"A few facts are wrong here. There isn't a ferry ride to Seattle, however, you can get to Seattle within minutes via a floating bridge. There is also another bridge over to Bellevue. We love the schools and the teachers wonderful place to call home!"
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