25. Columbus, NE
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Median home price: $104,165
Median family income: $61,476


Most towns would love to have Columbus's problem -- a labor shortage.Some of the companies in town have a number of open positions that the city is trying to help them fill, according to administrator Joe Mangiamelli. Its human resources department is even contacting factories that are closing to recruit idled workers. The unemployment rate in Columbus is below 4%, he said.

The shortage has boosted the wages for blue collar workers, which makes home buying particularly affordable for residents.

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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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