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Aberdeen, SD
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Aberdeen's biggest draws: A renowned film festival, community theater, and a historical downtown.
Best if you're looking for: Small town
Median home price: $184,000
Top state income tax: None

This small South Dakota city is a cultural and medical hub for the region.

The Aberdeen Recreation & Cultural Center has a packed program of visual arts, dance, music, and theater. The Capitol Theatre, a renovated 1926 vaudeville house, hosts community theater and an annual film festival that brings in filmmakers, enthusiasts, and the occasional movie star.

The city's historical downtown, meanwhile, is the backdrop for farmers' markets, haunted walking tours, and holiday parades.

Winters do get cold, but there's plenty to keep cabin fever at bay, from cross-country ski trails to well-attended hockey games.

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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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