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Runner-up: Best place to reboot your life
This waterfront city is home to Western Washington University. A legion of techies have relocated here; start-ups range from farm-to-table restaurants to app developers. The city’s annual gathering of Linux developers is one of the world’s largest. Bonus: There is no state income tax.
Median home price: $240,584