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7. Marion, IA
Marion, IA
Median home price: $131,500
Median family income: $76,576

Located minutes outside of Cedar Rapids, Marion offers quaint, small-town shopping and dining for both residents and the tourists who take day trips from nearby communities. Brick-front buildings housing restaurants and specialty stores outline Marion Square Park.

Prices for a single-family, four-bedroom house start at around $180,000. The city was also been hit hard by the Midwest floods, but rebuilding efforts have already begun. --B.B.

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Last updated July 18 2008: 12:35 PM ET
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