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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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Darien, CT

Darien, Conn.

Education quality score: 91.99
Median home price: $1,004,910
Population: 20,679

Darien shares many of the same demographics and features as its neighbor, third-ranked New Caanan, including proximity to the “big town” of Stamford and high-powered, wealthy residents who work in New York. CNN recently listed it as one of the most expensive places to live in North America. By way of illustration: Darien is only 20,000 strong but has four country clubs, a hunt club, and two yacht clubs.

Darien Public Schools includes five elementary schools; a new middle school complex that was expanded and renovated less than 10 years ago; and an almost-new $73 million campus for Darien High School, completed in the fall of 2005. All that funding and attention have paid off: Darien consistently produces some of the highest SAT math and CAPT scores in the state, with a 100% pass rate on Advanced Placement math exams.

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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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