The Money's in Manhattan. Manhattan, Kansas

Manhattan has weathered the recent economic downturn better than most other metro areas in the U.S. Per capita personal income has jumped 4.8 percent over 2009, according to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA). But good luck trying to walk in Central Park or shopping at Bloomingdale's. If you want to do so, you'll have to drive about 21 hours due east.

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