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Want to retire near the water, but without paying premium prices for a home? Residents who buy real estate in these towns see their incomes go the furthest.

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10. Bettendorf, IA
Bettendorf, IA
Boats on the Mississippi
Median home price (2007): $156,000
Median family income: $80,478

Make your home in Bettendorf and you may find you've hit the jackpot - literally - at the Isle of Capri floating casino, on the Mississippi River. Not a gambler? Take a ride on a Mark Twain-style riverboat, or jet ski. Or just relax and enjoy the view from your waterfront home; houses on the river start at $400,000.

Bettendorf is part of the larger "quad-city" area, which also includes Davenport, Rock Island, and Moline and spans both sides of the Mississippi. Residential and commercial districts line the riverfront: At the end of the day, linger over cocktails at a dockside restaurant and watch the sun set over the water.

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Last updated September 22 2008: 11:09 AM ET
Source: Home prices, income stats from Onboard Informatics
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