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Summerville, SC
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Summerville's biggest draws: History and charm similar to nearby Charleston, but smaller and cheaper.
Best if you're looking for: Small town
Median home price: $143,000
Top state income tax: 7%

In the late 19th century, medical experts deemed Summerville one of the best places in the world to treat lung and throat disorders; they credited the dry air and a plethora of pine trees.

Today Summerville offers much of the history and charm of nearby Charleston but in a smaller, more affordable setting.

And modern-day ailments are cured in the 94-bed Summerville Medical Center, which scores top points from the Joint Commission for its treatment of heart attacks, heart failure, and pneumonia.

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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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