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Huntsville, AL
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Huntsviille's biggest draws: A robust lifelong learning program at the University of Alabama.
Best if you're looking for: College town
Median home price: $174,000
Top state income tax: 5%

Space buffs know Huntsville as "The Rocket City" because the Marshall Space Flight Center was the original NASA, and it still plays a major role in civilian and government spacecraft and rocketry.

Architecture aficionados know it for its 19th-century buildings; nature lovers know this northern Alabama city for its parks, botanical gardens, and nature preserves. While this Southern city seems to have something for everyone, so too does the University of Alabama.

Founded in 1993, the school's lifelong learning program offers dozens of courses each term on topics as diverse as the volunteers who teach them.

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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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