3. Johnson County, Kan.
Home to Kansas City suburbs Overland Park and Olathe, Johnson County ranks third on our list because of its affordability and accessibility. Family-friendly perks include an average commute of 20 minutes, 5,000 acres of parkland and over 4,000 recreational programs annually. One drawback: Standardized test scores are on the lower end of our spectrum.
This data seems to lend credence to those who believe that rising gas prices simply aren't enough to convince suburbanites to move back into the city, despite what area reporters and bloggers would have you believe.