Median home price (2006): $322,812
Average property taxes (2006): $1,986
Pros: Historic downtown; hiking and skiing
Cons: Tech-heavy economy
Louisville was founded in 1882 by immigrant coal miners, and the old wooden buildings downtown still give the place the feel of a small frontier town. Louisville's economy, though, is decidedly 21st century: Technology firms are the area's mainstay, and Louisville is only six miles from Boulder and 25 from Denver. Outdoor life is spectacular. Louisville's own 26-mile wooded biking and running path winds through much of town. On summer Friday nights, residents head to the fairgrounds for concerts, craft booths and food.
Home prices are up recently, but an old farmhouse near downtown can be had for less than $200,000, and condos can be found for similar prices.
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