No. 16: Bellevue, Wash.
Median Home Price: $543,400
Why it’s on our list: Recently named CNNMoney.com’s No. 1 city to live in and launch a business, Bellevue is the perfect location for those Type-A triathletes who want to be their own boss (and therefore train whenever they want to). The city is less than 20 miles from the hustle and bustle of Seattle and sits in between Lake Washington and Lake Sammamish, both of which offer excellent open-water swimming opportunities in the spring and summer. If you don’t mind a little “Seattle-sunshine”–the city averages 37.5 inches of precipitation a year–you will enjoy year-round cycling and running routes in the city’s more than 100 parks and open space areas.
Live here if: You get turned on by flannel and khakis; Bellevue is home to Eddie Bauer’s corporate headquarters.
Don’t live here if: You start to feel suicidal after more than a week without sunshine.
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