24. Neenah, WI
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Median home price: $112,307
Median family income: $66,345

Neenah is home to 3,800 feet of Lake Winnebago shoreline, where residents spend a lot of time boating, waterskiing, fishing and sailing. The water is so important to the community that last year, a local woman donated $600,000 to build a waterfront park.

This city maintains a base of jobs in the metal foundry and papermaking industries, but the service sector is now more prevalent, according to Neenah's mayor, George Scherk.

Housing-wise, Neenah offers everything from modest homes for factory workers and clerks to luxury mansions for paper industry millionaires, according to Scherck. Prices are low. Last year, a 7,000-square-foot house sold for $770,000.

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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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