St. Peters, Missouri

It’s not hard to find community in St. Peters: Local musicians perform in a free sunset concert series on summer Fridays (streamed on-demand this year due to the coronavirus). Each month the city organizes a day trip for residents. In February they visited a historic St. Louis church (the city is 30 miles away), and next April they plan to attend an Amish quilt festival.

The Rec-Plex, fondly referred to as the town’s “crown jewel,” is a delightful, city-run recreation center. For $51 a month, families get access to Olympic-sized swimming pools, a NHL-sized ice rink and 8,000 square feet of fitness equipment. The complex underwent an $18.5 million expansion in 2007.

With numerous large employers in the area (including General Motors, Citi Bank and Boeing), the $79,000 median household income here is nearly 50% higher than in the state at large. Thanks to reasonable home prices, close to 80% of residents own their homes. According to brokerage Redfin, homes are selling fast right now for about 1% above list price. — Samantha Sharf

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