16. Glendale, AZ
Glendale, AZ
Median home price: $110,000
Median family income: $64,324

The city of a quarter-million has long played second fiddle to nearby Phoenix. Now, however, it boasts two major league sports teams, the NFL's Cardinals and the NHL's Coyotes. These local arenas also host big-name concerts like Paul McCartney and Taylor Swift.

One more thing the city has over Phoenix: affordability. Glendale has always had reasonably-priced homes. But during the housing bubble, the entire Phoenix metro area, including Glendale, was a hotbed of real estate investing. When the home market crashed, it crashed there harder than most places. That left Glendale teeming with foreclosures, which has made its housing stock even more of a bargain. 

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Last updated August 15 2011: 2:48 PM ET
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These terrific small towns -- even now -- boast great job opportunities, top-notch schools, safe streets, economic strength, and more.

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