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Top education towns 2011: Median home prices $400,000-$599,999

From southeast Florida to northwest Washington (with a few stops in between), these U.S. cities offer upscale homes, plenty of green space, and top-of-the-line schools.

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Sammamish, WA

Education quality score: 92.78
Median home price: $519,060
Population: 41,916

Sammamish's name comes from two Native-American words: Samena (hunter), and mish (people). But people who find themselves in this pretty town don't need to hunt for quality schools and homes. Located conveniently near Seattle, but nicely secluded on Lake Sammamish's scenic eastern shore, residents get the best of rural and suburban perks.

Sammamish may not have a post office, but it does have a symphony orchestra - and stellar schools in two separate districts. Sammamish-area schools are bursting with innovative and award-winning programs: Over half the seniors at Skyline High School are enrolled in one or more International Baccalaureate (IB) classes, the Math Club placed first in the State Math Competition, and the cheerleading squad won recognition at the 2011 state championships. Eastlake High School, along with McAuliffe Elementary School and Mead Elementary School, were honored recently for “overall excellence” by the Washington State Board of Education.

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