23. Cromwell, CT
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Median home price: $171,000
Median family income: $102,186

A classic New England town in the heart of Connecticut, Cromwell is filled with late 18th- and 19th-century Victorian, Colonial and Federal houses. More than 120 buildings there are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

But even those historic homes are affordable. A house built in 1840 with three bedrooms, hardwood floors and two fireplaces sold recently for $170,000.

Many town residents have well-paying jobs in nearby Hartford, working for the state government or for one of the many insurance and financial services firms there, like Travelers, Aetna and The Hartford.

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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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