23. Johnson City, TN
Best Places Affordable Homes Johnson City TN
Median home price: $126,800
Median family income: $56,183

Just west of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Johnson City is known for high-quality -- and low-cost -- health care. The city boasts six major medical facilities, including the region's only shock trauma center and a children's hospital.

East Tennessee State University, the second biggest economic engine in town, offers schools of nursing, medicine and pharmacy to help fulfill the industry's staffing needs.

All of the doctors, nurses and students who live here enjoy a low cost of living, thanks in part to homes that sell for about 30% less than the national median. Outdoor activities in the nearby mountains and forests are an added bonus, as is the National Storytelling Festival in October.

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