25. Simpsonville, SC
Simpsonville, SC
Median home price: $115,250
Median family income: $63,505

Simpsonville was once a sleepy town in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, then the Interstate opened in 1982. The new highway cut drive time to nearby Greenville to under 20 minutes, opening up all sorts of economic opportunities for the town and its residents.

Simpsonville's mild climate, excellent schools and safe streets have also helped attract residents. Since 1990, the town's population has grown by more than 50%. And for residents old and new, there are plenty of things to do.

The Charter Amphitheatre hosts big-name guests; Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson and B.B. King have all recently performed there. Many residents also participate in local festivals like the Goblinfest (Halloween) and Christmas Parade.  

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Source: Onboard Informatics, actual sales collected from county and municipal assessors' offices. Only includes sales within city boundaries. Only cities where there were more than 100 home sales in 2010, and that were experiencing job and population growth, were considered. No more than 2 places within a state, and no more than 1 place within a county could qualify.
Last updated August 15 2011: 2:48 PM ET
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