4. Santa Barbara, California
Commonly referred to as the “American Riviera” thanks to its beautiful beaches, high mountains and cultural treasures, Santa Barbara is located about two hours north of Los Angeles. Several wineries can be found nearby, as well as many opportunities to hike, swim and go boating. With many resorts and hotels on its coastline, Santa Barbara’s economy hinges on tourism, but also has a strong service sector with top employers in industries ranging from manufacturing to technology and education.
Median Household Income: $65,034
Median Home Price: $832,100