Median home price (2006): $228,199
Average property taxes (2006): $3,157
Urbandale (which this year celebrates its 90th anniversary) is one of the fastest-growing cities in Iowa, thanks to record levels of new business and construction. In the case of this Des Moines suburb, more people means more togetherness. As the Chamber of Commerce explains: "volunteerism is the norm [and] neighborliness is expected." To help facilitate their small-town intimacy, a 16-mile-long trail system runs through the city and connects residents to the trail systems of Urbandale's surrounding communities. -I.T.
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