Suburbs generally provide a respite for young families and spacious dwellings for city professionals who prefer a quieter home life. Despite these broad similarities, a survey of high-end suburbs around the country shows they are not created equal -- in cost, that is, as expenditures vary greatly by state. Take Maumelle, Ark., for example, the most expensive suburb outside of Little Rock, where the median home price is $191,000 and the average household spends $12,510 on transportation per year, according to data from real estate researcher Onboard Informatics. Compare that with Scarsdale, N.Y., a suburb of Manhattan where the average home sells for nearly $1.2 million and household transportation costs can add up to about $32,000 per year. Businessweek.com worked with Onboard Informatics to identify the most expensive suburbs outside the largest cities -- those with populations over 250,000, or the most populous city in the state if none are so large. The ranking is based on costs from housing and other nonretail expenditures to taxes and transportation costs. We define "suburb" as a Census place within 40 miles of city borders, including incorporated cities, towns, villages, and unincorporated areas. There are more than 25,000 places identified by the U.S. Census Bureau nationwide. We only surveyed places with populations larger than the state median.

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Editor's Note: Businessweek.com's list of the Most Expensive Suburbs 2010 was calculated by weighing several factors: cost of living, nonretail expenditures (mortgage and utility payments), median home price, and median property tax.

The result was reached by taking a weighted average of nonretail expenditures (50 percent), cost of living (30 percent), median home price (10 percent), and median property tax (10 percent). In some states, property tax and median home sale information was not available, in which case we gave nonretail expenditures a 60 percent weight and cost of living a 40 percent weight (home prices may be provided from other sources as a reference, but did not factor into the ranking). If either the median property tax or median home price was unavailable, we gave the other measure a 20 percent weight.

The nonretail expenditures index factors in expenses such as mortgage payments and utility payments and compares it to the state average. The cost-of-living index factors in spending on such expenses as education, entertainment, food and beverage, health care, insurance, and clothing and compares it to the state average. All indexes are 2010 estimates based on an end-of-2009 Bureau of Labor Statistics survey.

As Montana and Wyoming have wealthy subdivisions but few suburbs, Businessweek.com called local realtors in the states' major cities to identify the most expensive neighborhoods in their area.
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Suburbs generally provide a respite for young families and spacious dwellings for city professionals who prefer a quieter home life. Despite these broad similarities, a survey of high-end suburbs around the country shows they are not created equal -- in cost, that is, as expenditures vary greatly by state. Take Maumelle, Ark., for example, the most expensive suburb outside of Little Rock, where the median home price is $191,000 and the average household spends $12,510 on transportation per year, according to data from real estate researcher Onboard Informatics. Compare that with Scarsdale, N.Y., a suburb of Manhattan where the average home sells for nearly $1.2 million and household transportation costs can add up to about $32,000 per year. Businessweek.com worked with Onboard Informatics to identify the most expensive suburbs outside the largest cities -- those with populations over 250,000, or the most populous city in the state if none are so large. The ranking is based on costs from housing and other nonretail expenditures to taxes and transportation costs. We define "suburb" as a Census place within 40 miles of city borders, including incorporated cities, towns, villages, and unincorporated areas. There are more than 25,000 places identified by the U.S. Census Bureau nationwide. We only surveyed places with populations larger than the state median.

Click here to see the most expensive suburb in each state.

Editor's Note: Businessweek.com's list of the Most Expensive Suburbs 2010 was calculated by weighing several factors: cost of living, nonretail expenditures (mortgage and utility payments), median home price, and median property tax.

The result was reached by taking a weighted average of nonretail expenditures (50 percent), cost of living (30 percent), median home price (10 percent), and median property tax (10 percent). In some states, property tax and median home sale information was not available, in which case we gave nonretail expenditures a 60 percent weight and cost of living a 40 percent weight (home prices may be provided from other sources as a reference, but did not factor into the ranking). If either the median property tax or median home price was unavailable, we gave the other measure a 20 percent weight.

The nonretail expenditures index factors in expenses such as mortgage payments and utility payments and compares it to the state average. The cost-of-living index factors in spending on such expenses as education, entertainment, food and beverage, health care, insurance, and clothing and compares it to the state average. All indexes are 2010 estimates based on an end-of-2009 Bureau of Labor Statistics survey.

As Montana and Wyoming have wealthy subdivisions but few suburbs, Businessweek.com called local realtors in the states' major cities to identify the most expensive neighborhoods in their area.
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Most Expensive Suburbs 2010

The Most Expensive by State
The Most Expensive by State
Suburbs generally provide a respite for young families and spacious dwellings for city professionals who prefer a quieter home life. Despite these broad similarities, a survey of high-end suburbs around the country shows they are not created equal -- in cost, that is, as expenditures vary greatly by state. Take Maumelle, Ark., for example, the most expensive suburb outside of Little Rock, where the median home price is $191,000 and the average household spends $12,510 on transportation per year, according to data from real estate researcher Onboard Informatics. Compare that with Scarsdale, N.Y., a suburb of Manhattan where the average home sells for nearly $1.2 million and household transportation costs can add up to about $32,000 per year. Businessweek.com worked with Onboard Informatics to identify the most expensive suburbs outside the largest cities -- those with populations over 250,000, or the most populous city in the state if none are so large. The ranking is based on costs from housing and other nonretail expenditures to taxes and transportation costs. We define "suburb" as a Census place within 40 miles of city borders, including incorporated cities, towns, villages, and unincorporated areas. There are more than 25,000 places identified by the U.S. Census Bureau nationwide. We only surveyed places with populations larger than the state median.

Click here to see the most expensive suburb in each state.

Editor's Note: Businessweek.com's list of the Most Expensive Suburbs 2010 was calculated by weighing several factors: cost of living, nonretail expenditures (mortgage and utility payments), median home price, and median property tax.

The result was reached by taking a weighted average of nonretail expenditures (50 percent), cost of living (30 percent), median home price (10 percent), and median property tax (10 percent). In some states, property tax and median home sale information was not available, in which case we gave nonretail expenditures a 60 percent weight and cost of living a 40 percent weight (home prices may be provided from other sources as a reference, but did not factor into the ranking). If either the median property tax or median home price was unavailable, we gave the other measure a 20 percent weight.

The nonretail expenditures index factors in expenses such as mortgage payments and utility payments and compares it to the state average. The cost-of-living index factors in spending on such expenses as education, entertainment, food and beverage, health care, insurance, and clothing and compares it to the state average. All indexes are 2010 estimates based on an end-of-2009 Bureau of Labor Statistics survey.

As Montana and Wyoming have wealthy subdivisions but few suburbs, Businessweek.com called local realtors in the states' major cities to identify the most expensive neighborhoods in their area.
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Most Expensive Suburb in Alabama: Mountain Brook
Most Expensive Suburb in Alabama: Mountain Brook


Median home price: $332,640*

Cost-of-living index: 240

Nonretail spending index: 243

Location: about 5 miles southeast of Birmingham

Population: 19,457


Incorporated in 1942 in the Appalachian foothills, Mountain Brook is both the most expensive and the wealthiest suburb in Alabama. The per capita income in Mountain Brook is $81,317, according to U.S. Census Bureau estimates, nearly three times the U.S. average of $27,466. Residents are close to the Country Club of Birmingham, the Mountain Brook Club, and the Highland Park Golf Course, according to themejiagroup.com.

* Median home price according to Sperling's BestPlaces. Home prices from other sources are provided as a reference, but did not factor into the ranking

(The map of Alabama has been updated.)
Most Expensive Suburb in Alaska: Butte
Most Expensive Suburb in Alaska: Butte


Median home price: $194,991

Cost-of-living index: 114

Nonretail spending index: 114

Location: about 40 miles northeast of Anchorage

Population: 3,533


Butte, a small Alaska community surrounded by glaciers, mountains, and rivers, was a sawmill town from 1940 to 1970, according to buttealaska.org. Today, most Butte residents work in farming or wholesale distribution of farm products in Anchorage or the Palmer/Wasilla area, according to the Alaska Commerce Dept.
Most Expensive Suburb in Arizona: Paradise Valley
Most Expensive Suburb in Arizona: Paradise Valley


Median home price: $1,240,000

Cost-of-living index: 303

Nonretail spending index: 306

Location: about 14 miles northeast of Phoenix

Population: 15,137


Despite the more than 50 golf courses in the area, Paradise Valley is not merely a popular tourist destination. According to About.com, the area is home to such billionaire residents as Campbell Soup heir Bennett Dorrance and Discount Tire founder Bruce Halle. The Census Bureau reported per capita income in the area was $81,290 in 2000 and median household income was $150,228.
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Most Expensive Suburb in Arkansas: Maumelle
Most Expensive Suburb in Arkansas: Maumelle


Median home price: $191,000

Cost-of-living index: 141

Nonretail spending index: 142

Location: about 18 miles northwest of Little Rock

Population: 15,989


One of Arkansas' fastest-growing cities, Maumelle offers residents more than 20 miles of walking trails and biking paths, parks, sports fields, two 18-hole golf courses, fishing lakes, and indoor health facilities at the community center, according to the city's website. Per capita income in 2009 was $45,646 and median household income was $107,515, show data from Esri
Most Expensive Suburb in California: Saratoga
Most Expensive Suburb in California: Saratoga


Median home price: $1,405,000

Cost-of-living index: 222

Nonretail spending index: 223

Location: about 10 miles southwest of San Jose

Population: 30,287


A wealthy community incorporated in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains in 1956, the city of Saratoga has median household income of $151,733, according to Census data. Single-family detached homes begin at $432,000 to more than $6 million for a premier estate, according to the Saratoga Chamber of Commerce.

* Some expensive California towns did not have large enough populations to be included in the survey.
Most Expensive Suburb in Colorado: Cherry Hills Village
Most Expensive Suburb in Colorado: Cherry Hills Village


Median home price: $1,089,100

Cost-of-living index: 304

Nonretail spending index: 307

Location: about 6 miles south of Denver

Population: 6,263


Cherry Hills Village, incorporated in 1945, grew up around the Cherry Hills Country Club. The community is one of the wealthiest in the U.S. and real estate prices start in the $100,000's and range to more than $20 million, according to cherryhillsvillage-colorado.com.
Most Expensive Suburb in Connecticut: Darien
Most Expensive Suburb in Connecticut: Darien


Median home price: $1,250,000

Cost-of-living index: 249

Nonretail spending index: 251

Location: about 40 miles northeast of midtown Manhattan

Population: 19,218


The town of Darien, in Connecticut's affluent Fairfield County, has two beaches along the Long Island Sound and restricted-member country clubs. It has been home to actresses Alex Breckenridge, Chloe Sevigny, and the musician Moby, according to newenglandtimes.com.

Note: Other expensive areas in Connecticut such as Greenwich and New Canaan were not included in the survey, as they were classified as county subdivisions rather than suburbs, according to Onboard.
Most Expensive Suburb in Delaware: North Star
Most Expensive Suburb in Delaware: North Star


Median home price: $395,000

Cost-of-living index: 175

Nonretail spending index: 176

Location: about 12 miles west of Wilmington

Population: 8,415


In North Star, a suburb in New Castle County close to the Pennsylvania border, the cost of living is not only above the state average; it's also 41.8 percent higher than the U.S. average, according to Sperling's BestPlaces. The median household income in North Star was $110,616, according to 2000 Census data.
Most Expensive Suburb in Florida: Pinecrest
Most Expensive Suburb in Florida: Pinecrest


Median home price: $645,000

Cost-of-living index: 252

Nonretail spending index: 255

Location: about 15 miles south of Miami

Population: 18,478


The Village of Pinecrest, incorporated in 1996, is home to upscale gated communities and some of the most expensive real estate in South Florida ranging to more than $4 million, according to the website of Marie Story, a broker associate for Coldwell Banker.
Most Expensive Suburb in Georgia: Dunwoody
Most Expensive Suburb in Georgia: Dunwoody


Median home price: $305,000

Cost-of-living index: 156

Nonretail spending index: 157

Location: about 17 miles north of Atlanta

Population: 40,501


The City of Dunwoody, which was settled in the 1800s but only incorporated on Dec. 1, 2008, has a downtown commercial and shopping area in addition to the residential subdivisions, according to dunwoodygarealestate.net. Per capita income in 2008 was $50,951, according to Census data, and median household income was $90,355.
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Most Expensive Suburb in Hawaii: Kailua
Most Expensive Suburb in Hawaii: Kailua


Median home price: $652,708

Cost-of-living index: 127

Nonretail spending index: 128

Location: about 12 miles northeast of Honolulu

Population: 33,796


Kailua, a popular tourist destination, is also Honolulu's most expensive suburb. The area has natural landmarks such as the Mokulua Islands, Kawainui Marshland, and Mount Olomana, according to kailuachamber.com, as well as beaches, parks, playgrounds, and a commercial district along Kailua Road.
Most Expensive Suburb in Idaho: Eagle
Most Expensive Suburb in Idaho: Eagle


Median home price: $252,593

Cost-of-living index: 139

Nonretail spending index: 140

Location: about 7 miles northwest of Boise

Population: 17,095


Eagle's open spaces, old-fashioned streetlights, and tree-lined streets set the tone for the quiet suburb, which is located between the foothills and the Boise River. Residents have access to horse and bike riding, a skate park, family parks, and the Eagle Hills Golf Course, according to the city's website.
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Most Expensive Suburb in Illinois: Winnetka
Most Expensive Suburb in Illinois: Winnetka


Median home price: $1,026,000

Cost-of-living index: 309

Nonretail spending index: 312

Location: about 20 miles north of Chicago

Population: 12,039


The Village of Winnetka, a wealthy suburb of Chicago, has four beaches along Lake Michigan, numerous parks, athletic fields, an indoor tennis club, ice rink, and public golf course. Winnetka's median household income was $167,458 and per capita income was $84,134, according to 2000 Census data.
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Most Expensive Suburb in Indiana: Carmel
Most Expensive Suburb in Indiana: Carmel


Median home price: $257,562

Cost-of-living index: 159

Nonretail spending index: 160

Location: 15 miles north of Indianapolis

Population: 45,660


In this year's ranking, the city of Carmel beat Zionsville as Indiana's most expensive suburb. The city has 800 acres of green space, parks, and trails, and residents earn an average $45,573 per capita or $96,215 per household, according to 2008 Census data. While the median home sale price is $257,562, the area is also home to million-dollar residences.
Most Expensive Suburb in Iowa: Johnston
Most Expensive Suburb in Iowa: Johnston


Median home price: $180,000

Cost-of-living index: 165

Nonretail spending index: 167

Location: about 10 miles northwest of Des Moines

Population: 15,257


A fast-growing city, Johnston has seen its population nearly double to 15,257 from 8,649 in 2000, according to city estimates. Property values have also increased from approximately $500 million to more than $1.6 billion in the last decade, according to johnston-compplan.com. The city is home to the Iowa National Guard's Camp Dodge.

(The map of Iowa has been updated.)
Most Expensive Suburb in Kansas: Mission Hills
Most Expensive Suburb in Kansas: Mission Hills


Median home price: $521,250

Cost-of-living index: 370

Nonretail spending index: 374

Location: about 6 miles south of Kansas City

Population: 3,371


The first planned suburb in Johnson County, Mission Hills was designed as an upscale bedroom community in the early 1900s and is surrounded by three golf courses. Home values are about $500,000 on average and approach $7 million on the high end, according to Brinton Realty.
Most Expensive Suburb in Kentucky: Edgewood
Most Expensive Suburb in Kentucky: Edgewood


Median home price: $179,000

Cost-of-living index: 161

Nonretail spending index: 163

Location: about 16 miles south of Cincinnati

Population: 8,897


Edgewood, a city in Kenton County that formed in 1948 and expanded in 1968, has two parks, seven schools, one hospital, and is popular among families, according to cincybusinessmag.com. The community is neighbor to Kentucky cities such as Crestview Hills and Erlanger and is a short drive to Cincinnati.
Most Expensive Suburb in Louisiana: Destrehan
Most Expensive Suburb in Louisiana: Destrehan


Median home price: $170,380*

Cost-of-living index: 147

Nonretail spending index: 149

Location: about 24 miles west of New Orleans

Population: 12,130


The suburb of Destrehan, located near the Mississippi River, has such wealthy subdivisions as the golf course community Ormond Estates. Census data from 2000 show the median household income was $63,425 and per capita income was $25,435, less than in many other suburbs on this list but higher than the both the Louisiana and U.S. averages.

* Median home price according to Sperling's BestPlaces
Most Expensive Suburb in Maine: Yarmouth
Most Expensive Suburb in Maine: Yarmouth


Median home price: $313,430*

Cost-of-living index: 154

Nonretail spending index: 155

Location: about 10 miles north of Portland

Population: 3,391


An affluent community in Cumberland County, Yarmouth offers housing in both coastal and wooded areas. Its high-ranking public and private schools have been a major attraction to residents. Many visitors come to Yarmouth for the summer Clam Festival, which began in 1966.

* Median home price according to Sperling's BestPlaces
Most Expensive Suburb in Maryland: Potomac
Most Expensive Suburb in Maryland: Potomac


Median home price: $775,000

Cost-of-living index: 221

Nonretail spending index: 223

Location: about 12 miles northwest of Washington, D.C.

Population: 44,211


Potomac, home to many wealthy professionals and foreign ambassadors, has per capita income of $84,157 and median household income of $157,254, according to Census data. The city has a downtown area with high-end shopping and restaurants. Home prices start around $400,000 and can go up to $10 million in such luxury subdivisions as Falconhurst, according to real estate company Koitz Group.
Most Expensive Suburb in Massachusetts: Wellesley
Most Expensive Suburb in Massachusetts: Wellesley


Median home price: $835,000

Cost-of-living index: 205

Nonretail spending index: 206

Location: about 18 miles west of Boston

Population: 25,822


A town in Norfolk County, Wellesley is home to both Wellesley College and Babson College, and has a highly regarded school district. Many of the most expensive properties ring Lake Waban. Census data show the per capita income in Wellesley is $64,795 and median household income is $138,772.
Most Expensive Suburb in Michigan: Bloomfield Township
Most Expensive Suburb in Michigan: Bloomfield Township


Median home price: $224,977

Cost-of-living index: 214

Nonretail spending index: 216

Location: about 25 miles northwest of Detroit

Population: 40,141


The Township of Bloomfield in Oakland County is 26 square miles with rolling hills, winding roads, and lakes and streams. The median household income is one of the highest in the state: $117,880, according to Census figures.



(The map of Michigan has been updated.)
Most Expensive Suburb in Minnesota: North Oaks
Most Expensive Suburb in Minnesota: North Oaks


Median home price: $595,000

Cost-of-living index: 276

Nonretail spending index: 279

Location: about 10 miles north of Saint Paul

Population: 4,807


The city of North Oaks has waterfront properties along Black Lake, Wilkinson Lake, and Pleasant Lake, according to north-oaks-real-estate.com. As residents' properties extend to halfway across the road, all residential roads in the city are private. In fact, the city owns no property: Residents own the roads and the North Oaks Home Owners' Assn. owns the parks and trails, according to the city's website.
Most Expensive Suburb in Mississippi: Brandon
Most Expensive Suburb in Mississippi: Brandon


Median home price: $139,890*

Cost-of-living index: 142

Nonretail spending index: 143

Location: about 11 miles east of Jackson

Population: 19,593


Brandon, the seat of Rankin County, has fed Mississippi with more governors, senators, representatives, judges, district attorneys, physicians, and teachers than any other town of its size in the state, according to the city's website. While the per capita income of $29,670 is just above the national average, it is nearly 50 percent above the state average of $19,880, according to Census Bureau data.

* Median home price according to Sperling's BestPlaces



(The map of Mississippi has been updated.)
Most Expensive Suburb in Missouri: Town and Country
Most Expensive Suburb in Missouri: Town and Country


Median home price: $524,000

Cost-of-living index: 312

Nonretail spending index: 315

Location: about 20 miles west of St. Louis

Population: 10,800


Incorporated in 1950, Town and Country is a residential area with large single-family homes, cul-de-sacs, and green space. Commercial areas are located at the periphery of the city, according to the city website. A real estate search shows many million-dollar homes for sale.
Most Expensive Suburb in Montana: None
Most Expensive Suburb in Montana: None


Realtors and members of the chambers of commerce in the biggest cities in Montana could not name suburbs that were more expensive than the cities. With so much land, the most expensive residential properties are either large ranches or homes in the center of town. Indeed, Billings, with a population of 100,000, has some suburbs, but they are generally less affluent than parts of Billings. The town has some expensive subdivisions, like Ironwood Estates and Emerald Hills, where homes are on the market for more than $500,000, but these are not technically suburbs.
Most Expensive Suburb in Nebraska: Seward
Most Expensive Suburb in Nebraska: Seward


Median home price: $119,490

Cost-of-living index: 105

Nonretail spending index: 105

Location: 26 miles west of Lincoln

Population: 6,053


A college town just 26 miles from Lincoln, Seward is home to a University of Nebraska campus and Concordia University. With cute little shops along a main street and a historic county courthouse with a twice-weekly farmers' market, Seward is classic Middle America. Indeed, according to the Seward County Visitor's Committee, the city hosts "America's official 4th of July Small Town U.S.A. celebration!"
Most Expensive Suburb in Nevada: Spring Valley
Most Expensive Suburb in Nevada: Spring Valley


Median home price: $133,000

Cost-of-living index: 111

Nonretail spending index: 111

Location: 5 miles from Las Vegas

Population: 169,497


Spring Valley consists of a broad swath of neighborhoods to the southwest of Las Vegas. Originally developed on land that housed the Stardust International Raceway, this suburb has grown quickly since the 1970s. Despite the fact that Nevada has been one of the states hardest-hit by the housing downturn, Spring Valley includes some ritzy gated communities, private golf courses like the Spanish Trail Golf and Country Club, and a large park called the Desert Breeze.
Most Expensive Suburb in New Hampshire: Londonderry
Most Expensive Suburb in New Hampshire: Londonderry


Median home price: $187,000

Cost-of-living index: 128

Nonretail spending index: 129

Location: 11 miles from Manchester and 45 miles from Boston

Population: 11,237


Incorporated in 1722, the town has a rich history rooted in the original industry of the area, Londonderry Linen. Apple trees were planted by early farmers and the roads now connecting the five main orchards have been designated Apple Way. With 27 public and private golf courses and a conservation area with hiking trails, the semi-rural town is a commuter's paradise either to Manchester or, farther, to Boston.
Most Expensive Suburb in New Jersey: Millburn
Most Expensive Suburb in New Jersey: Millburn


Median home price: $1,067,500

Cost-of-living index: 239

Nonretail spending index: 241

Location: 10 miles to Newark and 19 miles to New York City

Population: 17,757


Millburn's main street, Millburn Avenue, is just steps from a 2,000-acre nature reserve that stretches north from town. The residents pay dearly for such luxury, however, with the highest property tax rate in the state last year, according to the Newark Star-Ledger. The town also boasts the historic Paper Mill Playhouse and the Cora Hartshorn Arboretum and Bird Sanctuary.
Most Expensive Suburb in New Mexico: Corrales
Most Expensive Suburb in New Mexico: Corrales


Median home price: $353,175

Cost-of-living index: 179

Nonretail spending index: 181

Location: 13 miles from Albuquerque

Population: 7,729


Corrales is a rural-feeling diamond in the rough of the metropolis of Albuquerque. Residents bike along the Corrales Bosque Preserve and stop to take in the more than 180 species of birds in the area, while galleries and restaurants fill the business district. The town and many nearby homes maintain the spirit of the Southwest with adobe construction and bare beams.
Most Expensive Suburb in New York: Scarsdale
Most Expensive Suburb in New York: Scarsdale


Median home price: $1,177,500

Cost-of-living index: 311

Nonretail spending index: 316

Location: 27 miles from New York City and 3 miles from White Plains

Population: 17,787


In E.B. White's classic essay about New York City, "Here Is New York," he defines three types of New Yorkers -- commuters, natives, and those who relocated to seek dreams. For those in the first camp, swanky Scarsdale defines the suburban dream of the city's commuters. The town's mansions and gated communities mingle with upscale apartments and golf courses. Hence, the half-hour train ride from the concrete jungle setting of Grand Central Station is a return to trees, minivans, and lawn mowers.
Most Expensive Suburb in North Carolina: Weddington
Most Expensive Suburb in North Carolina: Weddington


Median home price: $414,000

Cost-of-living index: 172

Nonretail spending index: 174

Location: 15 miles southeast of Charlotte and 14 miles northwest of Monroe

Population: 9,594


A semi-rural oasis between the cities of Monroe and Charlotte, Weddington mostly consists of homes on lots one acre or larger. The town hall, a shopping center, and a church -- known as Town Center -- anchor 17 square miles that make up this well-to-do suburban community.
Most Expensive Suburb in North Dakota: Oxbow
Most Expensive Suburb in North Dakota: Oxbow


Median home price: $291,000

Cost-of-living index: 144

Nonretail spending index: 145

Location: 20 miles from Fargo

Population: 288


A tiny community on a golf course, Oxbow sits partially on a bend, or "oxbow," in the Red River as the river meanders north along the border of Minnesota and North Dakota before it arrives at Lake Winnipeg. That hasn't always been a good thing; last year the town got deluged with spring floods and residents had to be evacuated, according to CNN. The town was also in the news last year when a 17-year-old golfer from Oxbow won the national U.S. Girls' Junior Championship in New Jersey, according to the Newark Star-Ledger. She described her hometown as a "golf course surrounded by a bunch of houses."
Most Expensive Suburb in Ohio: The Village of Indian Hill
Most Expensive Suburb in Ohio: The Village of Indian Hill


Median home price: $800,000

Cost-of-living index: 313

Nonretail spending index: 316

Location: 12 miles from Cincinnati

Population: 6,272


Ringed with nature preserves and parks, residents of the Village of Indian Hill pay handsomely for the feel of nature just 15 minutes from Cincinnati. Indeed, the village charter, listed on Indian Hill's website, states a goal of forming a green belt around the hill. The rural charm of the area is increased with local historical sites such as a red schoolhouse and a one-lane bridge that were both built in the late 1800s.
Most Expensive Suburb in Oklahoma: Nichols Hills
Most Expensive Suburb in Oklahoma: Nichols Hills


Median home price: $245,000

Cost-of-living index: 257

Nonretail spending index: 260

Location: 11 miles north of downtown Oklahoma City

Population: 3,937


Nichols Hills is a quiet suburb of Oklahoma City with 1,800 homes and 138 businesses, according to the City of Nichols Hills. Anchoring the town is Oklahoma City's oldest private golf club, the Oklahoma City Golf and Country Club, with an outdoor swimming pool, indoor tennis courts, a fitness center, and an 18-hole golf course.
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Most Expensive Suburb in Oregon: Lake Oswego
Most Expensive Suburb in Oregon: Lake Oswego


Median home price: $360,000

Cost-of-living index: 165

Nonretail spending index: 166

Location: 9 miles south of Portland

Population: 37,716


Bordered on one side by a 670-acre forest park and on the other by the sparkling Lake Oswego, the town is an upscale residential suburb of Portland. It boasts great schools, swimming areas on the lake, and a public golf course.

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Most Expensive Suburb in Pennsylvania: Radnor Township
Most Expensive Suburb in Pennsylvania: Radnor Township


Median home price: $512,600

Cost-of-living index: 324

Nonretail spending index: 328

Location: 19 miles northeast of Philadelphia

Population: 30,910


Located on Philadelphia's Main Line, Radnor Township hosts or is within a few miles of numerous nationally renowned institutions of higher education, including Villanova University, Bryn Mawr College, and Haverford College. (The term "Main Line" refers to the affluent towns that once were stops on the old Main Line of the Philadelphia Railroad.) It was settled by Quakers in the 1600s. Some of the country estates that still mark the area were subdivided for housing or, in the case of Villanova, converted into institutional or educational uses. Today, parks and golf courses dot the upscale town.
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Most Expensive Suburb in Rhode Island: Barrington
Most Expensive Suburb in Rhode Island: Barrington


Median home price: $320,250

Cost-of-living index: 148

Nonretail spending index: 149

Location: 10 miles south of Providence

Population: 15,908


Nestled between Narragansett Bay and the Warren River, the town boasts on its website that no spot is more than two miles from salt water. Though largely a commuter suburb now, Barrington draws on a rich history dating back to the 1600s when it was part of the original Plymouth Colony. In 2005 it was ranked by Money magazine as sixth on its list of the 100 best places to live in the U.S.
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Most Expensive Suburb in South Carolina: Isle of Palms
Most Expensive Suburb in South Carolina: Isle of Palms


Median home price: $620,000

Cost-of-living index: 186

Nonretail spending index: 188

Location: 15 miles east of Charleston

Population: 4,848


A seven-mile-long, one-mile-wide Atlantic barrier island, the City of the Isle of Palms is both seaside resort and Charleston commuter community. Surfing, fishing, golf courses, and endless beaches draw visitors and locals alike. Although the median home price is $620,000, houses located on the water can easily fetch north of $1 million.
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Most Expensive Suburb in South Dakota: Brandon
Most Expensive Suburb in South Dakota: Brandon


Median home price: $159,090*

Cost-of-living index: 114

Nonretail spending index: 117

Location: 11 miles east of Sioux Falls

Population: 9,056


There aren't many suburbs in South Dakota. So Brandon is still affordable to some degree, though less so than Valley Springs, five miles down the road, where the median home price drops to $105,040. Brandon is ringed with farmland, parks, and a golf course on the east side of town.
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Most Expensive Suburb in Tennessee: Forest Hills
Most Expensive Suburb in Tennessee: Forest Hills


Median home price: $635,000

Cost-of-living index: 335

Nonretail spending index: 339

Location: 5 miles south of Nashville

Population: 5,375


The most expensive area of Forest Hills is the southern part, in forested hills nestled between Percy Warner Park on one side and Radnor Lake Natural Area and Wildlife Refuge on the other.
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Most Expensive Suburb in Texas: Hunters Creek Village
Most Expensive Suburb in Texas: Hunters Creek Village


Median home price: $865,500

Cost-of-living index: 334

Nonretail spending index: 337

Location: 9 miles west of Houston

Population: 4,819


Just north of the Houston Country Club is a suburb of quiet cul-de-sacs and dead-end roads with large homes.
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Most Expensive Suburb in Utah: Park City
Most Expensive Suburb in Utah: Park City


Median home price: $415,750

Cost-of-living index: 159

Nonretail spending index: 169

Location: 33 miles from Salt Lake City

Population: 8,810


A 40-minute drive from Salt Lake City, Park City is one of the world's great ski resorts -- as well as the site every January of the Sundance Film Festival founded in 1978 by resident Robert Redford. It's just close enough to be included in our suburbs list, though there aren't a ton of folks who commute from Park City to Salt Lake. More would probably do so if they could afford it. With fewer than 9,000 year-round residents, the city reports that residential property in the tiny valley adds up to a total valuation of more than $10 billion, more than a million bucks a head.
Most Expensive Suburb in Vermont: South Burlington
Most Expensive Suburb in Vermont: South Burlington


Median home price: $223,750

Cost-of-living index: 118

Nonretail spending index: 118

Location: directly south of Burlington

Population: 18,460


Clean, safe, and just minutes from downtown Burlington, South Burlington is located on the shores of Lake Champlain. It is near many of the state's ski resorts, including Sugarbush, Stowe, and Killington.
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Most Expensive Suburb in Virginia: McLean
Most Expensive Suburb in Virginia: McLean


Median home price: $789,000

Cost-of-living index: 223

Nonretail spending index: 225

Location: 10 miles west of Washington D.C.

Population: 38,319


Home to diplomats and members of Congress, as well as the headquarters of Freddie Mac and Capital One, McLean is both a D.C.-area suburb and city in its own right. Government employees abound with D.C. nearby and the headquarters of the Central Intelligence Agency in the Langley neighborhood of McLean. Outside of town are endless cul-de-sacs and homes with swimming pools.
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Most Expensive Suburb in Washington: Sammamish
Most Expensive Suburb in Washington: Sammamish


Median home price: $549,500

Cost-of-living index: 199

Nonretail spending index: 200

Location: 18 miles east of Seattle

Population: 46,340


Next door to the Redmond home of Microsoft and nestled under the looming Cascade Mountains to the east, Sammamish is a growing Seattle suburb with prime real estate along the eastern shore of Lake Sammamish. The town boasts great schools, numerous parks, and a championship golf course at the Sahalee Country Club.
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Most Expensive Suburb in West Virginia: Teays Valley
Most Expensive Suburb in West Virginia: Teays Valley


Median home price: $144,340*

Cost-of-living index: 136

Nonretail spending index: 137

Location: 20 miles west of Charleston

Population: 12,770


A bedroom community with an 18-hole golf course and home to the excellent Teays Valley School District, the town is home to middle- and upper-class folks living along Interstate Highway 64.
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Most Expensive Suburb in Wisconsin: Mequon
Most Expensive Suburb in Wisconsin: Mequon


Median home price: $317,500

Cost-of-living index: 195

Nonretail spending index: 196

Location: 19 miles north of Milwaukee

Population: 21,883


With five golf courses, great K-12 schools, and a rural feel, Mequon is perfect for Milwaukee's most well-to-do commuters. According to the city, more than 50 percent of the land within the city limits is still undeveloped. That holds true for the area with some of the nicest homes, the tree-lined bluffs overlooking Lake Michigan.
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Most Expensive Suburb in Wyoming: None
Most Expensive Suburb in Wyoming: None


With such small populations -- the largest city in Wyoming is Cheyenne, with a population of 53,000 -- it is difficult to find a suburb that is more affluent than the city. "We don't have big enough cities to have suburbs," says Brittney Korte at Cheyenne's #1 Properties. Wyoming is no stranger to expensive towns, however, since it encompasses the ski resort of Jackson Hole. The town reports that the median home price in February 2010 was $749,000. That's significantly higher than the Cheyenne suburb that popped up in our data, Ranchettes, with a median home price of $271,500. As in Montana, Wyoming's most expensive properties are ski chalets, city houses, and land.