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Mason, OH
Allie Ellis

Top 50 rank: 7

Population: 31,761

At the helm is Mayor David Nichols. Formerly CEO of a publicly traded manufacturing company, he has helped bring several new employers to town -- where they join an already impressive list of firms like Procter & Gamble and Mitsubishi.

These jobs, plus proximity to Cincinnati and Dayton, attract a diverse workforce, and the schools are among Ohio's best.

The shopping, on the other hand is less varied. While Mason does have a few non-chain restaurants and shops in town, big-box stores are the norm. --I.S.M.

Mason, OH

Town stats

Median family income (per year) $95,364
Job growth % (2010-2012) 4.90%
Median home price (2012) $176,500
Reading test scores (% above/below average) 21.1%
Math test scores (% above/below average) 31.4%
Personal crime incidents (per 1,000) 0
Property crime incidents (per 1,000) 14




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