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Residents who live in these 25 growing towns see their incomes go the furthest.

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25. Merrillville, IN
Merrillville, IN
Median home price: $122,309
Median family income (per year): $71,739

Located at the intersection of two major highways, Merrillville bills itself as the downtown of northwest Indiana.

Merrillville has a growing economy with a number of financial and technology firms operating there. Frito-Lay and NiSource - a Fortune 500 energy company - both have a presence in the city.

The city has a variety of cultural and entertainment options, but there is no shortage of bigger cities within driving distance of Merrillville. Chicago, for example, is about 50 miles north. --B.R. 

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