5. Lilburn, GA
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BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir was built with the help of many local volunteers.
Median home price: $84,478
Median family income: $64,762

Lilburn's population is just over 12,000, but its Hindu temple, the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, attracts a quarter million visitors a year, according to Lilburn mayor Johnny Crist. The 75-foot tall, white marble building was constructed after members of the community went to city leaders and asked if a temple could be built, he said.

The South Asian community in Lilburn is large and growing - it now accounts for 10% or more of the population.

Lilburn also boasts a fine school system, safe streets and proximity to Atlanta. Throw in affordable housing -- a well maintained three-bedroom ranch can cost $125,000 -- and you have a formula for success. Lilburn has more than tripled its population in the past 30 years.

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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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