Median Household Income: $81,661
Median Value of Owner-Occupied Housing Unit: $305,400
Suffern’s combination of great schools (number 168 out of 764 districts in www.schooldigger.com’s state rankings), proximity to the city, and relative affordability should place it firmly on any family’s short list. Thirty miles from Midtown Manhattan, with a median house price of $305,400? You may not get a better commuter’s special. The town has plenty of good restaurants and a cool old theater, the Lafayette — they open shows with a quick piece on the antique Wurlitzer pipe organ — but outside of that, residents make their own fun. Families stay busy within their tight-knit community attending Little League games and soccer matches, throwing barbecues, and exploring the outdoors. When the craving inevitably comes for world-class culture, one of the world’s best supplies is under an hour’s drive away.