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Suwanee, GA
David Douglas/City of Suwanee—PROPERTY OF TEN1 PHOTOGRAPHY

Top 50 rank: 33

Population: 16,002

Town Center Park is the heart of Suwanee. The 23-acre plot is full of locally owned restaurants, specialty stores, and City Hall, in addition to a huge water fountain, an amphitheater, and scores of public artworks. (A slab from the Berlin Wall is on display now.)

Residents also enjoy occasional food-truck days, with about 10 mobile outposts, and concerts, such as a recent Eve 6 show. But this is an Atlanta suburb -- and a fast-growing one at that -- meaning that traffic is often brutal. --S.M.

Suwanee, GA

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Median family income (per year) $95,747
Job growth % (2010-2012) 12.27%
Median home price (2012) $199,000
Reading test scores (% above/below average) 10.3%
Math test scores (% above/below average) 26.6%
Personal crime incidents (per 1,000) 1
Property crime incidents (per 1,000) 22

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