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Ottawa, KS
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Ottawa's biggest draws: Architecturally rich buildings and 200 miles of converted rail trails.
Best if you're looking for: Small town
Median home price: $119,000
Top state income tax: 6.45% (4.9% in 2013)

When the railroads started coming into Ottawa in 1868, the area blossomed. The only legacies of those railroads today are the 200 miles of rail trails running around the outskirts of town.

But walk down Ottawa's Main Street and you'll still get a feel for the era, with dozens of historical buildings peppering the landscape.

While Ottawa doesn't lack for festivals, farmers' markets, and amenities, retirees looking for more options for shopping, medical care, or cultural activities needn't go far. Overland Park is about 40 miles to the northeast, and Kansas City is just beyond that.

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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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