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13. Des Moines, IA
Des Moines, IA
Median home price: $105,000
Median family income: $59,724

Word is out about affordable housing in Iowa's state capital. Area Realtors recently launched an ad campaign: "Des Moines' Hottest Secret" promoting the great real estate deals available here. Realtors say first-time buyers and empty nesters are snapping up condos and townhouses, lured by great prices and a high quality of living.

The recently gentrified East Village neighborhood appeals to younger residents, and Principal Park, home of the Triple-A Iowa Cubs offers family-friendly recreation. --B.B.

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Last updated July 18 2008: 12:35 PM ET
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