20. Rochester, MN
Rochester, MN
Median home price: $141,000
Median family income: $79,869

Home to the world-renowned Mayo Clinic, Rochester attracts plenty of doctors, nurses and scientists.

But the town of 100,000 residents is more than just the backdrop for a hospital: It's loaded with high-paying jobs in tech and communications as well. Those high salaries help make it even easier for residents here to afford the reasonable home prices in town.

One drawback: the weather. But for those who can brave the Minnesota winters -- and summers, for that matter -- Rochester can be quite an attractive place to live.  

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Last updated August 15 2011: 2:48 PM ET
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