22. Twinsburg, Ohio
|AT A GLANCE|
|Median Home Price||$168,488|
Located halfway between Akron and Cleveland (a 30- to 45- minute commute in either direction), Twinsburg feels nearly as pastoral as it did in 1819, when twins Moses and Aaron Wilcox offered residents $20 for starting the first school if they agreed to change the settlement’s name to Twinsburg (the annual Twins Days festival, drawing up to 3,000 sets of twins, just celebrated its 40th anniversary).
The leafy parks have trails winding through meadows and woods, with the 4.4-mile Complete Center Valley Loop Trail connecting them all. The small town square transports you back to the 19th century. The downside of that is a lack of shops and restaurants, which means residents have to drive elsewhere for those.
Twinsburg’s first school has grown into five schools that have gotten Ohio’s top marks in academic achievement for the past seven years. Students gets a lot of financial and volunteer support for its athletic teams, music and fine arts programs—the Twinsburg Band Boosters recently donated more than $62,000 for new band uniforms.—Vanessa Richardson