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Nearest city: Wilmington
Population: 74,453
Median household income: $52,871

Wilmington is a well-connected city that's only about 30 miles from Philadelphia and is served by Amtrak, which carries residents to jobs in Washington, D.C., and New York. Wilmington has an attractive riverfront with shops, restaurants, a minor-league baseball stadium, and concerts. The city is surrounded by residential communities with strong schools, including Brandywine Hundred and Hockessin.

Runner-up: N/A

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