Median home price (2006): $230,211
Average property taxes (2005): $3,538
With great schools, lush parks, and low crime, this Dallas suburb had everything - except a hospital. That changed earlier this year, when the $134 million high-tech Mansfield Methodist Medical Center opened. The center has not only provided Mansfield with a much-needed ER, but the influx of doctors and their practices has created a surge in job openings. In fact, Mansfield's economy is booming these days. Its biggest employer, Mouser Electronics, just completed a $14 million expansion of its headquarters. And with more medical companies looking to set up shop in Mansfield, the boom is likely to continue. -B.N.
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