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5. Clay, NY
Clay, NY
Median home price: $124,000
Median family income: $72,488

It may be cold here for most of the year, but the real estate deals in this Syracuse suburb are hot. Three-bedroom, single-family homes sell for around $110,000. The Onandaga County Industrial Development Agency has boosted employers' interest in the city with investment in the Clay Business Park, a 250-acre Greenfield site.

Residents who choose to avoid tourists at Syracuse's famed Carousel Center Mall can do their shopping within Clay's limits and at the Great Northern Mall, which features more than 80 stores and a multiplex cinema. --B.B.

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Last updated July 18 2008: 12:35 PM ET
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