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In Ames, locals and students alike whiz around the city's bustling downtown and expansive parks via CyRide, the efficient local transit system that's a partnership between the city and Iowa State University. Home to several U.S. government centers as well as the university, Ames is Iowa's hub of engineering and biotechnology and can celebrate a jobless rate of just 3.9%. But locals would rather cheer for sporting events: The high school basketball, golf, and tennis teams are state champs. -- L.M.Subscribe to Money Magazine
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