16. Conway, AR
Best Places Job Growth Conway AR
Median home price: $139,000
Median family income: $65,904

Known as "the City of Colleges," the three schools in this suburb of Little Rock are a big draw for residents and employers alike. The University of Central Arkansas recently helped recruit Hewlett-Packard to open a support facility in town, and the tech firm has since become one of the area's biggest employers.

The discovery of natural gas in the area has brought even more high-paying jobs, with oil giant Schlumberger opening a multi-million dollar facility nearby. Those salaries help make the already cheap homes here that much more affordable to residents.

Downtown is also thriving and has recently undergone a facelift. And restaurants are toasting Conway's 2004 decision to stop being a "dry" town -- they've seen a boost in business since.

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  @Money - Last updated August 28 2012 01:10 PM ET
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