25. Bismarck, ND
Best Places Affordable Homes Bismarck ND
Median home price: $164,400
Median family income: $70,924

The oil boom taking place about 100 miles west of the city has brought an influx of energy workers, which has put a strain on housing. But Bismarck is trying to stay ahead of the demand by expediting the permit process and allowing builders to construct homes more quickly.

That's helped keep housing prices from skyrocketing like they have closer to the oil action. Yet, Bismarck is close enough to attract some of the high-paying oil services jobs, including engineering and leasing services. As a result, unemployment is now under 3%. "We're in the sweet spot," said Mayor John Warford.

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Source: Onboard Informatics, actual sales collected from county and municipal assessors' offices. Only includes sales within city boundaries. Only cities where there were more than 100 home sales in 2010, and that were experiencing job and population growth, were considered. No more than 2 places within a state, and no more than 1 place within a county could qualify.
  @Money - Last updated August 28 2012 01:10 PM ET
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