2. Plano, IL
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Median home price: $75,000
Median family income: $65,658

Plano is so picturesque that Warner Brothers used it as the setting for Superman's home town, Smallville, in this summer's "Man of Steel" flick. The town has a number of old historic homes and buildings, and there's also a modern masterpiece, the Farnsworth House, designed by Mies van der Rohe.

But it's not just pretty to look at. Plano is also home to a thriving manufacturing industry, which got its start in the 1800s with Cyrus McCormack's invention of the Plano Harvester, which revolutionized American farming. Factories are still buzzing today, with many residents working at sporting goods equipment maker Plano Molding.

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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.
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