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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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Madison, CT

Educational quality score: 90.06
Median home price: $450,350
Population: 18,844

Not far from New Haven, Madison is a coastal town and the site of popular Hammonasset Beach State Park, which features over two miles of public beach. Madison community leaders work hard to maintain the town's unique character by limiting the development of franchises. Its historic downtown includes a bookstore, restaurants, shops, and the century-old brick E. C. Scranton Library.

Madison ranks third in Connecticut (after New Canaan and Darien) for student scores on the CMT and CAPT, two statewide standardized tests. An admirable 94 percent of the 2009 class went on to four-year colleges, and the Robert Brown Middle School was tapped as a National Blue Ribbon School.

Wait, there's more! In Madison, even the jocks are brainiacs: For the past four years, the girls' soccer team at Daniel Hand High School received the state's National Team Academic Award for a team GPA exceeding 3.0. Chalk it up to a tight-knit community, schools with high expectations, and an abundance of opportunities.

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