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Bloomington, IN
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Bloomington's biggest draws: Tons of performing arts and the resources of Indiana University.
Best if you're looking for: College town
Median home price: $159,000
Top state income tax: 3.4%

Southern Indiana is probably the last place you'd expect to find authentic Middle Eastern food, traditional Tibetan monuments, or a museum showcasing artifacts from around the world. Yet Bloomington's eclectic downtown offers all that and more.

While sports are a perennially favored activity thanks to the Indiana University Hoosiers, music and theater are also big here, with acts taking the stage at the university auditorium and at a restored 1922 vaudeville and movie house, among many others.

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Source: OnBoard Informatics; NOAA; Zillow; Trulia; National Association of Realtors; Tax Foundation; MONEY research
Notes: Home cost is median sales price except for Bloomington, Aberdeen, Ottawa, Traverse City, Coeur d'Alene, Fredericksburg, and St. George, which had only median list price available. Security income excluded in all states listed except Utah; most states exclude some pension income.
  @Money - Last updated December 17 2012 10:24 AM ET
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