The economy in Indianapolis has staged a comeback, as the revival of the Big Three U.S. automakers has helped boost the region's many auto-industry related business.
It's a sprawling city, however, and many working people have moved to the outskirts in search of lower housing costs.
The new developments, built on cheap land in those far-flung neighborhoods, have kept price increases in check. Even as the metro area continues to grow -- the population is up 1% from 2000 to 2010 -- homebuyers can still find inexpensive places to live.
Source: Data is from the National Association of Home Builders and Wells Fargo Bank
The affordability score is the percentage of homes sold in a metro area that a family earning the median income can afford to buy. Index scores are calculated based on income and home price data, as well as current mortgage interest rates.
By Les Christie@CNNMoney - Last updated August 15 2012 05:25 AM ET