13. Haslett, MI
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Median home price: $124,000
Median family income: $78,959

Located right outside the state capital of Lansing and near the campus of Michigan State University, Haslett is home to many government workers, attorneys and professors who work in the area.

"The whole community is awash in MSU professors," said Peter Menser, a local city planner.

The college town's performing arts, lectures and athletic programs are a major lure. Starter homes in town can go for $100,000 or less, while a four bedroom, 2,800-square-foot waterfront home on Lake Lansing can go for under $400,000.

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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 2012, 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 24 2013 10:07 AM ET
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