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Best Towns to Live in Missouri 2016

Missouri

Missouri can be found in the Midwestern region of the United States. The territory that eventually became Missouri was purchased from France in the Louisiana Purchase in 1803, and the state was admitted in 1821. The Missouri River splits the state in half, dividing the northern plains from the southern highlands. In Missouri, Jefferson City is the capital. Included below, you can find the best towns if you are thinking about moving to Missouri.

Our ratings were compiled by combining census, education, wealth , happiness  and internal RentApplication data to create a unified rating system for all of the towns in Missouri. Ranked below are the top towns. 

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#1 Eureka 

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Located in St. Louis County, Eureka has a population of 10,375. The town has a low poverty rate at 4.7%. Eureka is great for people who enjoy a small town but still want to live near the city as St. Louis is thirty minutes away.

#2 St. Charles

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St. Charles is located in St. Charles County, and it has a population of 66,900. In the town, 91% of the residents have at least a high school diploma. St. Charles is a beautiful city bordering the Missouri River.

#3 Rolla 

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A town in Phelps County, Rolla has a population of 19,808. The unemployment rate here is very low at 3.2%. Rolla is the location of Missouri University of Science and Technology.

#4 Willard

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Willard is a town in Greene County, and it has a population of 5,395. The poverty rate in Willard is 11.4%, which is below the national average. Willard is a safe city with low annual crime rates.

#5 Washington

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Washington is a town in Franklin County, and it has a population of 13,982. The town has an unemployment rate of 3.3% and a poverty rate of 11%, which are both below the national average and positive signs for the town’s economy.

#6 Farmington

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Located in St. Francois County, Farmington has a population of 17,213. For renters, the median rent here is $646. Farmington is benefited by is location between several state parks, providing residents with outdoor activities.

#7 Excelsior Springs

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A town in Clay County, Excelsior Springs has a population of 11,391. The median household income here is $51,634. For people looking to live in a community of home owners, 67.3% of the residents in Excelsior Springs own their home.

#8 Kearney 

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Kearney is also located in Clay County, and it has a population of 8,845. The town has a low unemployment rate of 3.8% and a low poverty rate of 5.6%. With a median household income of $73,622, Kearney has a strong financial base.

#9 Jefferson City

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Located in Cole County, Jefferson City has a population of 43,184. It has a low unemployment rate at 3.6%. Jefferson City provides residents with a small scale urban environment.

#10 Branson

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A town in Taney County, Branson has a population of 10,942. For renters, the median rent price is $692. The beauty of Branson is enhanced by its location on Table Rock Lake.

#11 Neosho

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Neosho is located in Newton County, and it has a population of 12,038. It has a low unemployment rate of 3.2%. Neosho is home to the campus of Crowder College.

#12 Maryville

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Located in Nodaway County, Maryville has a population of 12,018. 94% of the residents have at least a high school diploma. That is partly due to the location of Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville.

#13 Sedalia

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Sedalia is a town in Pettis County, and it has a population 21,429. It has an unemployment rate of 4.5%, which is below the national average. Sedalia is home of the Missouri State Fair.

#14 Warrensburg 

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A town in Johnson County, Warrensburg has a population of 19,548. For renters, the median rent price here is $704. This town is the location of the University of Central Missouri.

#15 Cape Girardeau

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Located in Cape Girardeau County, Cape Girardeau has a population of 38,665. The unemployment rate here is 5.4%, which is below the national average. Cape Girardeau provides a small town urban environment on the Mississippi River.

#16 Waynesville

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Waynesville is a town in Pulaski County, and it has a population of 5,147. The poverty level here is low at 10.2%. This is a town with a rich history and many historical sites that the town preserves and promotes.

#17 Marshfield 

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Located in Webster County, Marshfield has a population of 6,789. The median home value here is $97,400. Marshfield is the location of the Missouri Walk of Fame, which honors famous individuals from Missouri.

#18 Cameron 

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A town in Dekalb County, Cameron has a population of 10,008. The median home value here is $109,000. Cameron is located less than an hour from Kansas City for those who travel into the city.

#19 Kirksville

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Located in Adair County, Kirksville has a population of 17,578. The unemployment rate here is low at 3.9%. For people seeking a higher education, Kirksville is home to Truman State University.

#20 Perryville

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A town in Perry County, Perryville has a population of 8,280. This town has a very low unemployment rate at 2.8%. For those who enjoy boating and fishing, Perryville is located near the Mississippi River.

#21 Pleasant Hill

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Pleasant Hill is a town in Cass County and has a population of 8,173. The town has an unemployment rate of 4.8% and a poverty rate of 11.9%, which are below the national average and positive signs for the town’s economy.

#22 Macon

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Located in Macon County, Macon has a population of 5,476. For renters, the median rent price here is $449. The town is located on Macon Lake for residents who enjoy fishing and boating.

#23 Hannibal

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A town in Marion County, Hannibal has a population of 17,779. The median home value here is $81,200. Adding to the beauty of Hannibal is its location on the Mississippi River.

#24 Fulton

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Fulton is a town in Callaway County, and it has a population of 12,791. For renters, the median rent price here is $600. Fulton is just thirty minutes from Jefferson City, which is the state capital.

#25 West Plains

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Located in Howell County, West Plains has a population of 12,176. The unemployment rate here is 4.7%, which is below the national average. As part of the Ozarks, West Plains provides a beautiful natural environment for residents.

#26 St. Joseph 

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A town in Buchanan County, St. Joseph has a population of 77,040. The town has an unemployment rate of 5.9%, which is below the national average. St. Joseph has the benefit of being just north of Kansas City on the Missouri River.

#27 Richmond

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A town located in Ray County, Richmond has a population of 5,702. For renters, the median rent price is $633. The town is a rich Arts community with a part of the town dedicated to the Arts, which is called Farris Arts District.

#28 Joplin

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Located in Jasper County, Joplin has a population of 50,900. The town has a median home value of $103,300. Joplin is located within an hour of three other state: Oklahoma, Kansas, and Arkansas.

#29 Nevada

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A town in Vernon County, Nevada has a population of 8,318. The town has a low unemployment rate at 4%. For people seeking a higher education, Cottey College is located in Nevada.

#30 Union

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Union is a town in Franklin County and has a population of 10,517. It has a poverty rate of 12%, which is below the national average. For those who commute to St. Louis, Union is less than an hour outside the city.

#31 Marshall

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Located in Saline County, Marshall has a population of 13,059. For renters, the median rent price in Marshall is $596. Marshall is home to Missouri Valley College.

#32 Monett

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Monett is located in Barry County, and it has a population of 8,935. The median home value here is $107,200. For people seeking a safe community, Monett has low annual violent crimes.

#33 Odessa 

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Located in Lafayette County, Odessa has a population of 5,237. The town has an unemployment rate of 5% and a poverty rate of 9%, both of which are below he national average and show positive signs for the town’s economy.

#34 Carthage

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A town in Jasper County, Carthage has a population of 14,281. For renters, the median rent price here is $673. Carthage is a town full of architecture dating back to the Victorian era that maintains historical significance.

#35 Moberly 

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A town in Randolph County, Moberly has a population of 13,898. The median household income here is $33,942. Moberly provides residents with a safe, small town environment near the center of Missouri.

#36 Bolivar 

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Bolivar is a town in Polk county and has a population of 10,443. 88% of the residents have at least their high school diploma. For people seeking an education, Bolivar is home to Southwest Baptist University.

#37 Mexico

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A town in Audrain County, Mexico has a population of 11,555. For renters, the median rent price here is $627. Mexico benefits from its location, as it is less that an hour from the capital of Missouri, Jefferson City.

#38 Harrisonville

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A town in Cass County, Harrisonville has a population of 10,019. 89% of the residents here have at least a high school diploma. Harrisonville is located just south of Kansas City for people who commute into the city.

#39 Pacific 

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Pacific is a town in Franklin County, and it has a population of 6,047. The unemployment rate in Pacific is below the national average at 6.1%. The beauty of Pacific is enhanced by its placement on the Meramec River.

#40 Trenton 

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Located in Grundy County, Trenton has a population of 6,058. The town has a very low unemployment rate at 2.4%. For people who enjoy boating and fishing, Trenton Lake is located in Trenton.

#41 Savannah 

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A town in Andrew County, Savannah has a population of 5,101. The town has an unemployment rate of 4.8% and a poverty rate of 10.3%, which are both below the national average. These rate are positive signs for the town’s economy and the residents that live here.

#42 Poplar Bluff 

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Poplar Bluff is a town in Butler County, and it has a population of 17,190. The median home value here is $90,600. As part of the Ozark foothills, Poplar Bluff provides a beautiful environment for its residents.

#43 Warrenton

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Located in Warren County, Warrenton is home to 7,974 people. For people looking to buy a house among other home owners, 67.2% of the residents in Warrenton own their home.

#44 Bonne Terre

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Bonne Terre is located in St. Francois County, and it has a population of 7,025. For renters, the median rent price here is $455. The town is located an hour from St. Louis for those who travel into the city.

#45 Lebanon

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Lebanon is located in Laclede County, and it has a population of 14,595. At 5.6%, the unemployment rate is below the national average. The town of Lebanon has plenty of rivers nearby for fishing and tubing for people who enjoy the outdoors.

#46 Troy

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Located in Lincoln County, Troy has a population of 11,015. 89% of the residents in Troy have at least a high school diploma. For people looking for a safe environment, Troy has very low annual violent crime rate with no registered murders or robberies.

#47 Boonville

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Boonville is located in Cooper County, and it has a population of 8,320. At 5.3%, the unemployment rate is below the national average. The town is bordered by the Missouri River, adding to the town’s natural beauty.

#48 Sullivan 

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Located in Franklin County, Sullivan has a population of 7,058. For renters, the average rent price here is $643. Sullivan allows residents to live in a rural community, while only being an hour out from St. Louis.

#49 Clinton

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A town in Henry County, Clinton has a population of 9,014. The median home value here is $92,100. With Victorian style buildings, Clinton has the largest historic square in Missouri.

#50 Sikeston 

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Located in Scott County, Sikeston has a population of 16,642. At 5.9%, the unemployment rate is below the national average. For people who enjoy boating and fishing, Sikeston is located less than thirty minutes from the Mississippi River.

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Best Towns to Live in Massachusetts 2016

Massachusetts

Having joined the Union in 1788, Massachusetts became a manufacturing center during the Industrial Revolution. The state now largely manufactures computers and electronics. Massachusetts is home to Plymouth, which was the first colony in New England. The capital, Boston, is also a rich historical center as well as the largest city in the state. If you’re seeking a home in Massachusetts, find the best towns in the list below.

Our ratings were compiled by combining census, education, wealth , happiness  and internal RentApplication data to create a unified rating system for all of the towns in Massachusetts. Ranked below are the top towns. 

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#1 Newton

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Newton is a town in Middlesex County, and it has a population of 86,945. The town has an unemployment rate of 4% and a poverty rate of 5.6%, which are both below the national average. These rates are a positive sign for the town’s economy and for the residents who live here.

#2 Waltham

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Also located in Middlesex County, Waltham has a population of 61,908. The median home value is more than double the national average at $411,400. Waltham has the benefit of being located less than thirty minutes from downtown Boston.

#3 Framingham

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Located in Middlesex County as well, Framingham has a population of 69,900. The unemployment rate here is 5%, and the poverty rate is 11%. Framingham is a town that dates back to 1700, giving it a rich history from as early as colonial America.

#4 Barnstable Town

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A town in Barnstable County, Barnstable Town has a population of 44,750. In the town, 95% of the residents have at least a high school diploma. Barnstable Town is located on the Atlantic Ocean for people who enjoy boating and fishing.

#5 Pittsfield

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Pittsfield is located in Berkshire County and has a population of 44,226. For renters, the median rent here is $762. Pittsfield is a town that promotes both Arts and culture, evident by its government owned Lichtenstein Center for the Arts.

#6 Montague Town

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Located in Franklin County, Montague Town has a population of 8,394. The median home value here is above the national average at $200,100. For residents who enjoy the outdoors, Montague Town is located between the Connecticut River and the Montague State Forest.

#7 North Adams

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A town in Berkshire County, North Adams has a population of 13,563. For renters, the median rent price here is $672. North Adams is home to the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, which influences the community’s culture.

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Best Towns to Live in New Jersey 2016

New Jersey

Originally one of the thirteen English colonies, New Jersey is located in the mid-Atlantic region of the United States. New Jersey has various beaches and seaside resorts on the Atlantic Ocean, which makes it a large center of tourism. With its place on the Atlantic Ocean, the Garden State is a major shipping center as well. Its capital is located in Trenton, and the largest city is Newark. If you would like to live in New Jersey, here are the best towns you will find there.

Our ratings were compiled by combining census, education, wealth , happiness  and internal RentApplication data to create a unified rating system for all of the towns in New Jersey. Ranked below are the top towns.

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#1 Lebanon Township

Located in Hunterdon County, Lebanon Township has a population of 6,507. It has extremely low crime rates, and the medium income levels are high at $108,516 per household. The town has a beautiful rural landscape as it relies on an agricultural community.

#2 Jefferson Township

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Jefferson Township can be found in Morris County, and it has a population of 21,443. The town has a low poverty rate at 4.7%, and 91.9% of the residents own their own home. The town has both parks and lakes, which make it great for outdoor activities.

#3 Ocean City

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Located in Cape May County, Ocean City has a population of 11,520. The town has a low unemployment rate at 3.8%, and the home value is well above average at $566,400. Ocean City prides itself in its more secluded beaches, which aren’t overcrowded with resorts and tourists.

#4 Newton

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A town located in Sussex County, Newton has a population of 7,999. The home values are high here at $227,300, and the crime rates are below the national average.

#5 Hammonton

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Located in Atlantic County, Hammonton has a population of 14,796. The poverty rate here is low at 8.5%, and the town has low property and violent crime rates. According to the city’s website, Hammonton prides itself on its schools’ commitment to academic excellence.

#6 Vernon Township

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Another town located in Sussex County, Vernon Township has a population of 23,168. Household income in Vernon Township is above national average at $87,707, and the poverty rate is low at 5.6%. The town is filled with both federal and state parks, including a stretch of the Appalachian Trail.

#7 Hardyston Township

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Also located in Sussex County, Hardyston Township has a population of 8,126. The town has high education levels as 96% of the residents have at least a high school diploma. The poverty rate is also low at 3.8%.

#8 Holland Township

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Located in Hunterdon County, Holland Township has a population of 5,243. The town has a low unemployment rate at 3.5%. The home ownership rate here is 91.8%.

#9 Franklin

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Franklin is located in Sussex County, and it has a population of 4,994. The town has a home ownership rate of 70.7% and a median home value of $212,400.

#10 New Brunswick

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A town in Middlesex County, New Brunswick has a population of 55,804. The home value here is above the national average at $240,700. It is bordered by the Raritan River and is home to Rutgers University.

#11 North Hanover Township

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Located in Burlington County, North Hanover Township is home to 7,655 people. The town has a low poverty rate at 4%. The residents also have a higher education level with 93% of them at least having a high school diploma.

#12 Plumsted Township

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Plumsted Township is located in Ocean County and has a population of 8,490. The home values are high at $310,300, and the median household income is above the national average at $74,938. Plumsted Township maintains a rural setting for its residents.

#13 Washington

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Located in Warren County, Washington is home to 6,439 people. Washington residents have higher income levels. The median individual income is $36,057, and the median household income is $55,547.

#14 Lakewood

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Another town located in Ocean County, Lakewood has a population of 51,944. Lakewood has a low unemployment rate at 4.3%, and median home value is high at $396,000. The town is home to the Lakewood Blueclaws minor league baseball team and offers boating on Lake Carasaljo.

#15 Little Egg Harbor Township

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Also found in Ocean County, Little Egg Harbor Township is home to 20,339 people. 84.5% of the people in Little Egg Harbor Township are home owners, and the homes are valued above the national average at $229,900. The town is located at the mouth of the Mullica River.

#16 Atlantic City

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Located in Atlantic County, Atlantic City has a population of 39,521. The median home value is above the national average at $201,600. This town is on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean and allows you to enjoy both gambling in its casinos and swimming on its beaches.

#17 Trenton

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Trenton is located in Mercer County and has a population of 84,459. The median rent in Trenton is $991. It is the capital of New Jersey and is within a hour driving time from both Philadelphia and New York City.

#18 Vineland 

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Located in Cumberland County, Vineland has a population of 60,985. 66.9% of the residents in Vineland are home owners. The town borders Union Lake and is within half an hour of Delaware Bay.

#19 Salem

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Salem is found in Salem County, and it has a population of 5,045. The median rent in Salem is $850. Salem is the county seat of Salem County, and it borders the Salem River.

#20 Bridgeton

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Also located in Cumberland County, Bridgeton has a population of 25,252. The median rent in Bridgeton is $969. Bridgeton is a small urban community that is split by the Cohansey River.

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Best Towns to Live in Maryland 2016

MarylandBeing part of the Mid-Atlantic region, Maryland was one of the thirteen colonies controlled by the British prior to the Revolutionary War in the United States. Maryland joined the Union in 1788, becoming the seventh state to be admitted. Annapolis is the capital of Maryland, and Baltimore is the largest city. If you want to make Maryland your home, here are the best towns to consider.

Our ratings were compiled by combining census, education, wealth , happiness  and internal RentApplication data to create a unified rating system for all of the towns in Maryland. Ranked below are the top towns. 

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#1 Frederick 

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Frederick is located in Frederick county and has a population of 66,646. Residents tend to have a higher education level, while the poverty rate is below the national average at 10.8%.

#2 Ocean Pines

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Located in Worcester County, Ocean Pines has a population of 10,727. This town has a very low poverty rate at 5.5%, and 89.6% of the residents own their own homes.

#3 Easton

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Easton can be found in Talbot County, and the population is 16, 541. The home values in Easton are high, and the unemployment rate is low at 4%.

#4 Ocean City

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Another town located in Worcester County, Ocean City has a population of 7,093. The poverty rate here is low at 6.2%, and 92% of the residents have at least a high school diploma.

#5 Hagerstown 

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Hagerstown is located in Washington County. It has a population of 40, 295. 31% of the residence have at least some college eduction, which is higher than the national average.

#6 Salisbury 

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Located in Wicomico County, Salisbury has a population of 31,334. The unemployment rate here meets the national average, and the median rent meets the national average as well.

#7 Cumberland

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Cumberland is located in Allegany County, and it has a population of 20,557. A majority of the residents in Cumberland own their homes, and the town has the benefit of being located on the Potomac River.

#8 Cambridge

Located in Dorchester County, Cambridge has a population of 12,511. Being a town on the Choptank River, the town is great for people interested in fishing and boating.

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Best Towns to Live in Virginia 2016

VirginiaVirginia was the first English colony established in the New World. Its name comes from Queen Elizabeth of England who was referred to as the “Virgin Queen,” and it is located in the South Atlantic region. Eight United States presidents were born in Virginia, and people often call it “Mother of Presidents.” Although its capital is in Richmond, the largest city is Virginia Beach. If you’re looking to move, here are the best towns in Virginia.

Our ratings were compiled by combining census, education, wealth , happiness  and internal RentApplication data to create a unified rating system for all of the towns in Virginia. Ranked below are the top towns. 

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#1 Charlottesville 

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Charlottesville is an independent city in the center of Virginia with a population of 44,505. The town has a low unemployment rate at 3%, and most of the populace have at least some college eduction. Charlottesville is home to the University of Virginia, which provides much of that educated populace.

#2 Winchester 

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Winchester is an independent city located in northern Virginia. It has a population of 27,031. The town has a 4.6% unemployment rate, which is below the national average. The median home value is above the national average at $219,700. Winchester is home to many historical sites and the location of Shenandoah University.

#3 Blacksburg

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Located in Montgomery County, Blacksburg is home to 43,204 residents. The unemployment rate in Blacksburg is lower than the national average at 4.2%. The unemployment rate is benefited by the highly educated residents, with 69% of them having at least a bachelor’s degree.

#4 Radford

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Radford is an independent city with a population of 16,993, and it is located in western Virginia. The town has a 4% unemployment rate, which is below the national average. The residents are well educated with 88% of them having at least a high school diploma. Radford is benefited by being the location of Radford University.

#5 Christiansburg 

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A town located in Montgomery County, Christiansburg is home to 21,427 residents. The town has a very low unemployment rate at 2.4%, and the poverty rate is low as well at 12.8%. These low rates are positive signs for the towns economy.

#6 Harrisonburg 

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Harrisonburg is an independent city located in central Virginia, and it has a population of 50,821. The unemployment rate is low at 4.1%. The town is home to George Madison University.

#7 Front Royal 

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Located in Warren County, Front Royal has a population of 14,709. The poverty rate here is below the national average at 14.3%. The median house value in Front Royal is $168,800. For residents who enjoy the outdoors, the South Fork Shenandoah River runs through the town.

#8 Lexington

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Lexington is an independent state located in western Virginia. It has a population of 7,114. The unemployment rate is low at 3.4%. The houses have maintained their value as the median home value sits above the national average at $248,900.

#9 Roanoke 

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Roanoke is an independent city located in central Virginia with a population of 97,949. The unemployment rate is below the national average at 5.3%. Roanoke is home to the Mill Mountain Zoo.

#10 Staunton

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Located in central Virginia, Staunton is an independent city with a population of 24,132. The unemployment rate is below the national average at 4%. Staunton provides residents with activities that range from shopping to clean outdoor parks.

#11 Culpeper

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A town in Culpeper County, Culpeper has a population of 16,968. Both the poverty rate and the unemployment rate are below the national average. Increased income allows residents to upkeep their homes, which puts the median home value above the national average at $190,800.

#12 Bristol

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Bristol is an independent city located in western Virginia. It has a population of 17,595. The median rent cost in Bristol is $635. The residents of Bristol, VA share a border with Bristol, TN.

#13 Lynchburg 

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Lynchburg is an independent city that can be found in central Virginia, and it has a population of 77,626. 61% of the residents here have at least some college education. Lynchburg provides residents with an urban setting along the James River.

#14 Waynesboro 

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Located in central Virginia, Waynesboro is an independent city with a population of 21,177. The town has an unemployment rate of 4.8%, which is below the national average. Waynesboro is split by the South River for residents who enjoy the outdoors.

#15 Big Stone Gap

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Big Stone Gap is located in Wise County and has a population of 5,559. The unemployment rate is below the national average at 4.5%. Big Stone Gap provides a beautiful outdoor environment along the Powell River.

#16 Galax

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Galax is an independent city located in southern Virginia with a population of 6,981. The median rent in Galax is $531. This town is great for people who enjoy hiking as the town’s website states that it is the gateway to the Blue Ridge Mountains.

#17 Pulaski 

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Located in Pulaski County, Pulaski has a population of 8,993. The unemployment rate in the town is low at 4.1%, and the median rent cost is $574. Pulaski is within driving distance of Claytor Lake for outdoor activities.

#18 Wytheville

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A town located in Wythe County, Wytheville is home to 8,193 people. The median home value in Wytheville is $164,600. The town is located in the mountains and has many trails and other outdoor activities.

#19 Smithfield 

Located in Isle of Wight County, Smithfield has a population of 8,159. The poverty rate here is below the national average at 13.9%. The community is built by its homeowners, who make up 70.8% of the town.

#20 Farmville

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Farmville is located in Prince Edward County, and it has a population of 8,350. The median home value in Farmville is $168,300. Farmville maintains many parks for outdoor activities.

#21 Danville

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Danville is an independent city located in southern Virginia with a population of 42,704. The median rent costs in Danville is low at $595. Danville is located on the Dan River and has plenty of shopping centers for residents.

#22 Covington

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Located in western Virginia, Covington has a population of 5,853. The unemployment rate here is extremely low at 2.7%. 75.1% of the residents in Covington are homeowners as these longterm residents help build this community.

#23 Buena Vista

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Buena Vista is an independent city located in central Virginia, and it has a population of 6,683. The unemployment rate is below the national average at 4.5%. Buena Vista is home to Southern Virginia University.

#24 Bedford

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Located in Bedford County, Bedford is home to 6,508 residents. The median rent cost in Bedford is $651. Bedford is located within the Blue Ridge Mountains, providing many outdoor activities.

#25 Martinsville

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Martinsville is an independent city in southern Virginia. It has a population of 13,745. The median home value in the town is $85,800, and the median rent cost is $593. Martinsville Speedway is located here for NASCAR fans.

#26 Portsmouth

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Located in eastern Virginia, Portsmouth has a population of 96,007. The median rent price is $967, and the median home value is $173,700. Portsmouth is a beautiful port at the end of the Elizabeth River.

#27 Richlands

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Located in Tazewell County, Richlands has a population of 5,698. The town has a low unemployment rate at 4.1%. For people looking to join a community of home owners, 65.1% of the residents in Richlands own their home.

#28 South Boston

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South Boston is located in Halifax County and has a population of 8,069. The median rent cost in South Boston is $553. The town has the benefit of being bordered by the Dan River.

#29 Franklin

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Flanklin is an independent city located in southern Virginia, and it has a population of 8,534. The median home value here is $170,900, which is near the national average for home owners.

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Best Towns to Live in Tennessee 2016

Tennessee

A state in the southeastern United states, Tennessee is a major hub for the music industry and is famous for developments in both rock and roll and country music. Tennessee was admitted into the Union in 1796. In Tennessee, the Appalachian Mountains can be found in the east and the Mississippi River in the west. Nashville is the capital of Tennessee, while Memphis is the largest city. If you want to move to Tennessee, find the best towns to live in below.

Our ratings were compiled by combining census, education, wealth , happiness  and internal RentApplication data to create a unified rating system for all of the towns in Tennessee. Ranked below are the top towns.

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#1 Franklin

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Located in Williamson County, Franklin has a population of 66,596. The town has an unemployment rate of 3.8% and a poverty rate of 7.2%, which are both below the national average and a good sign for the town’s economy.

#2 Fairview

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Another town in Williamson County, Fairview is home to 8,020 people. The town has a low unemployment rate at 4.4% and a low poverty rate at 7%. Fairview is located thirty minutes from Nashville for residents who travel into the city.

#3 Spring Hill

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Spring Hill is located in Maury County, and it has a population of 31,467. The unemployment rate here is extremely low at 2.7%, and 74% of the residents have at least some college education. The economy of Spring Hill is bolstered by the General Motors plant that is built there.

#4 Johnson City

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Located in Washington County, Johnson City has a population of 64,614. The unemployment rate here is 3.5%, and 88% of the residents have a least a high school diploma. Johnson City is a community that promotes green living and environmental preservation.

#5 Kingsport

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Kingsport is located in Sullivan County, and it has a population of 52,835. The town has an unemployment rate of 5.6%, which is below the national average. It is located on the South Fork Holston River for those who enjoy boating and fishing.

#6  Tullahoma

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Located in Coffee County, Tullahoma has a population of 18,900. 87% of the residents here have at least a high school diploma. The town has the benefit of being located between Nashville and Chattanooga.

#7 Martin

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Martin is located in Weakley County, and it has a population of 11,396. 89% of the population here has at least a high school diploma. The town is home to the University of Tennessee at Martin.

#8 Greeneville

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Located in Greene County, Greeneville has a population of 15,015. The unemployment rate here is below the national average at 5.5%. Greeneville is located in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains for residents who enjoy the outdoors.

#9 Bristol

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Bristol is a town in Sullivan County with a population of 26,705. 68.7% of the residents here own their home. Bristol is a center for both music and art.

#10 Paris

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Located in Henry County, Paris has a population of 10,165. The median rent cost in Paris is $625. The town is located just west of Lake Kentucky for those who enjoy boating and fishing.

#11 Springfield

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Springfield is located in Robertson County. It has a population of 16,598. The median rent in Springfield is $770. The town is located less than an hour from Nashville for residents who commute into the city.

#12 Pigeon Forge

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Located in Sevier County, Pigeon Forge has a population of 6,004. The unemployment rate is lower than the national average at 5.8%. As a major vacation area in Tennessee, there is always something to do in Pigeon Forge.

#13 Portland

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Portland is located in Sumner County, and it has a population of 11,853. The median household income here is $51,027. This community is great for people who enjoy a rural setting.

#14 Sevierville

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Located in Sevier County, Sevierville has a population of 15,592. The unemployment rate is 5.5%, which is below the national average. For those who enjoy the outdoors, Sevierville is just north of the Smokey Mountains.

#15 Lebanon

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Located in Wilson County, Lebanon has a population of 27,847. The median rent here is $786 for people interested in renting. Lebanon is located less than an hour from Nashville for those who commute into the city.

#16 Cleveland

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Cleveland is a town in Bradley County, and it has a population of 42,331. The median home value in Cleveland is $156,500. Cleveland is located between the Appalachian Mountains and Chickamauga Lake for those who enjoy the outdoors.

#17 Cookeville

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Cookeville is located in Putnam County, and it has a population of 31,004. The unemployment rate here is 6.1%, which is below the national average, and for those who enjoy the Arts, the Cookeville Performing Arts Center offers plays and other live performances.

#18 Dickson

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Dickson is found in Dickson County and has a population of 14,814. The unemployment rate here is low at 4.3%, a positive sign for the town’s economy and for the residents who live there.

#19 Newport

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A town in Cocke County, Newport has a population of 6,890. For renters, the median rent price is well below the national average at $437. The down is located just south of the Douglas Lake for residents who enjoy boating and fishing.

#20 Morristown

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Located in Hamblen County, Morristown has a population of 29,152. The median rent in Morristown is $645, and the median home value is $112,400. Many residents enjoy the local produce from the farmers market in Morristown’s historic downtown.

#21 Crossville

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Crossville is located in Cumberland County and has a population of 11,125. The unemployment rate here is below the national average at 5.4%. For people who enjoy golf, Crossville has nine different golf courses.

#22 Atoka

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Atoka is located in Tipton County, and it has a population of 8,727. 93% of the residents in Atoka have at least a high school diploma, and for people interested in living among home owners, 84% of the residents here own their home.

#23 Munford

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Also located in Tipton County, Munford has a population of 6,001. The town has a low poverty rate at 9.4%. Munford is located just north of Memphis for those who need to travel into the city.

#24 Athens

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A town in McMinn County, Athens has a population of 13,603. The unemployment rate is below the national average at 5.9%. This town has the benefit of being located between Knoxville and Chattanooga.

#25 McKenzie

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McKenzie is a town in Carroll County, and it has a population of 5,561. At 5.6%, the unemployment rate here is below the national average. McKenzie is a town for people who enjoy a rural community.

#26 Dayton

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Dayton is located in Rhea County, and it has a population of 7,316. For renters, the median rent price in Dayton is $542.

#27 Lexington

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Lexington is located in Henderson County, and it has a population of 7,771. The median rent here is $555, and the median home value is $120,400. Lexington is located on Beech Lake for residents who enjoy boating and fishing.

#28 Henderson

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A town in Chester County, Henderson is home to 6,429 people. The median home value in Henderson is $107,000. Henderson is home to Freed-Hardeman College, which helps out the town’s economy.

#29 Columbia

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Columbia is located in Maury County and has a population of 35,207. For renters, the median rent here is $668. The town is less than an hour from Nashville as a benefit for those who travel into the city.

#30 Fayetteville

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Located in Lincoln County, Fayetteville is home to 6,991 people. The median home value in Fayetteville is $95,400. For residents who enjoy the outdoors, Fayetteville has the benefit of being located along the Elk River.

#31 Jackson

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A town in Madison County, Jackson has a population of 67,190. The median rent price in this area is $763. Jackson bolsters a host of live music venues for entertainment.

#32 Lawrenceburg

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Lawrenceburg is located in Lawrence County, and it has a population of 10,440. The median home value is $84,500. The town is part of an Appalachia Mountain plateau that offers a beautiful environment for residents.

#33 Union City

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Union City is located in Obion County, and it has a population of 10,791. The median rent price in Union City is $566. Union City is benefited by its placement near the Obion River, providing residents with outside activities.

#34 Winchester

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Located in Franklin County, Winchester has a population of 8,493. The unemployment rate in Winchester is 5.1%, and 65.9% of the residents own their home. With its location on Tims Ford Lake, this town is great for people who enjoy boating and fishing.

#35 Lewisburg

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A town in Marshall County, Lewisburg has a population of 11,252. The median home value here is $93,800. For people wanting to live outside of Nashville, Lewisburg is less than an hour drive into the city.

#36 Oakland

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Oakland is a town in Fayette County with a population of 6,944. The town’s unemployment rate is 6.2% and its poverty rate is 11.2%, which are both below the national average. The median household income is $66,981. Those are all good signs for Oakland’s economy.

#37 Shelbyville

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Located in Bedford County, Shelbyville has a population of 20,616. The unemployment rate here is low at 4.9%. For people with an interest in horse, Shelbyville is the center of the Tennessee Walking Horse industry.

#38 Covington

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Covington is a town in Tipton County with a population of 9,033. For renters, the median rent here is $619. For residents who enjoy the outdoors, Covington is located between the Mississippi River and Hatchie National Wildlife Refuge.

#39 Manchester

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Located in Coffee County, Manchester has a population of 10,223. The unemployment rate here is below the national average at 5.1%. For people who enjoy outdoor music, Manchester is home to the Bonnaroo Music Festival.

#40 Kingston

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Kingston is located in Roane County and has a population of 5,888. The town has an unemployment rate of 4.4% and a poverty rate of 11.2%, which are both below the national average and good signs for the town’s economy.

#41 Sparta

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Located in White County, Sparta has a population of 5,036. The median home value here is $100,700. Sparta is an excellent place for people who enjoy a rural community.

#42 Pulaski

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Pulaski is located in Giles County, and it has a population of 7,734. The unemployment rate is low in Pulaski at 4.3%. Pulaski is the location of Martin Methodist College.

#43 Sweetwater

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A town in Monroe County, Sweetwater is home to 5,856 people. The median rent in Sweetwater is $555. This is a town with a rich history, demonstrated through the preservation of its many historical sites.

#44 Dyersburg

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Dyersburg is located in Dyer County, and it has a population of 16,998. The median home value here is $91,800. Dyersburg is located near the Mississippi River for residents who enjoy fishing and boating regularly.

#45 Erwin

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Located in Unicoi County, Erwin has a population of 6,052. The median rent in Erwin is $554. For those who enjoy the outdoors, Erwin is located in the Cherokee National Forest.

#46 Harriman

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Harriman is a town in Roane County, and it has a population of 6,296. The median home value in Harriman is $85,300. Harriman is a beautiful town on the Emory River for people who enjoy fishing and boating.

#47 Milan

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A town in Gibson County, Milan has a population of 7,826. 88% of the residents in Milan have at least a high school diploma. For people who spend time in Memphis and Nashville, Milan is a center point between the two.

#48 Savannah

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Located in Hardin County, Savannah has a population of 7,029. The median rent in Savannah is $591. This town benefits from its place on the Tennessee River, adding to the town’s beauty.

#49 Rockwood

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Rockwood is located in Roane County, and it has a population of 5,480. The unemployment rate here is 4.9%, which is below the national average. For people who enjoy boating and fishing, Rockwood borders Watts Bar Lake.

#50 Humboldt

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 A town in Gibson County, Humboldt has a population of 8,363. For renters, the median rent in Humboldt is $598. With a regional art center, Humboldt promotes the work of local artists.

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Best Towns to Live in Washington 2016

WashingtonAs part of the Pacific Northwest, Washington is located below British Columbia, a province in Canada, and on the coast of the Pacific Ocean. The state is named after George Washington. The most populated city is Seattle, but the capital is located in Olympia. Washington was acquired by the United States after the Oregon Treaty with the British in 1846, but it didn’t become a state until 1889. The list below provides you with the best towns in Washington.

Our ratings were compiled by combining census, education, wealth , happiness  and internal RentApplication data to create a unified rating system for all of the towns in Washington. Ranked below are the top towns. 

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#1 Redmond 

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Located in King County, Redwood has a population of 56,704. The town has an unemployment rate of 4.1% and a poverty rate of 7.6%, which are both well below the national average. For people who enjoy cycling, Redwood is known for its bike races and velodrome.

#2 Port Townsend

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Port Townsend is a town in Jefferson County. It has a population of 9,168. 77% of the residents in Port Townsend have at least some college education. The town has a rich history that is still evident by its many Victorian style buildings.

#3 Anacortes

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A town in Skagit County, Anacortes has a population of 15,965. The unemployment rate here is low at 3.7%. Anacortes is found on Fidalgo Island with a marina for those who enjoy boating and fishing.

#4 Snoqualmie

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Located in King County, Snoqualmie has a population of 11,625. The poverty rate here is extremely low at 1.2%, which can be partly attributed to the high education level of the residents as 89% of them have at least some college education.

#5 Tumwater

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Tumwater is a town in Thurston County, and it has a population of 18,128. The town has a low unemployment rate at 4.2%. It is also located right below Olympia, which is the state capital.

#6 Olympia 

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Also located in Thurston County, Olympia has a population of 47,847. 76% of the residents have at least some college education. Olympia is the state capital of Washington.

#7 Oak Harbor

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Oak Harbor is located in Island County, and it has a population of 22,220. The houses maintain a high value at $221,100, which is above the national average. This is a waterfront community for people who enjoy boating and fishing.

#8 Renton

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Renton is located in King County, and it has a population of 95,479. The median household income here is above the national average at $65,223. Renton is thirty minutes from Seattle for those looking to commute into the city.

#9 Lynden

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Located in Whatcom County, Lynden has a population of 12,579. The town has an unemployment rate of 3.7% and a poverty rate of 8.4%, which are both below the national average and positive signs for the town’s economy.

#10 Ellensburg

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Ellensburg is a town in Kittitas County, and it has a population of 18,455. 69% of the residents have at least some college education. That’s partly because the town is home to Central Washington University.

#11 Richland

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A town located in Benton County, Richland has a population of 51,116. The median household income is above the national average at $69,372. The Columbia River borders Richland, adding to the town’s beauty.

#12 Bremerton

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Bremerton is a town in Kitsap County, and it has a population of 38,664. 93% of the residents have at least a high school diploma. The town is a center for art with stages, clubs, and museums set up for musicians and artists.

#13 Sequim

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Located in Clallam County, Sequim has a population of 6,651. 91% of the residents have at least a high school diploma. For those who enjoy boating and fishing, Sequim is located on Sequim Bay.

#14 North Bend

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A town in King County, North Bend has a population of 6,127. North Bend has a low unemployment rate at 4%. The town is surrounded by both state and national parks, providing residents with plenty to do.

#15 Stanwood

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Stanwood is located in Snohomish County, and it has a population of 6,468. The median home value here is $268,300. Stanwood provides residents with a small town community.

#16 Ridgefield 

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Located in Clark County, Ridgefield has a population of 5,373. The poverty rate here is extremely low at 5.8%, and the residents are well educated, as 98% of them have at least a high school diploma.

#17 Auburn

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Another town located in King County, Auburn has a population of 73,403. For renters, the median rent here is $1,013. For people who travel into Seattle, Auburn is located just thirty minutes south of the city.

#18 Kennewick

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Kennewick is a town in Benton County. It has a population of 75,971. The town has a low unemployment rate at 4.3%. Kennewick borders the Columbia River, which is a benefit for residents who enjoy boating and fishing.

#19 Port Angeles

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Located in Clallam County, Port Angeles has a population of 19,125. 92% of the residents have at least a high school diploma. Port Angeles is located just outside of Olympia State Park for residents who enjoy the outdoors.

#20 Spokane Valley

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Spokane Valley is located in Spokane County, and it has a population of 90,826. The poverty rate is below the national average at 14.8%. The Spokane River adds to the beauty of Spokane Valley.

#21 Chehalis

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A town in Lewis County, Chehalis has a population of 7,265. For renters, the median rent in Chehalis is $733. Chehalis provides residents with access to the town government, as it is the county seat of Lewis County.

#22 Ephrata

Located in Grant County, Ephrata has a population of 7,888. The unemployment rate is low at 4.3% in Ephrata. The town is surrounded by multiple state parks for residents to visit in their spare time.

#23 Lakewood

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Lakewood is a town in Pierce County and has a population of 58,890. The median home value here is $217,200. The town is located between Tacoma and Olympia, providing access to both cities.

#24 Cheney

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A town in Spokane County, Cheney has a population of 11,014. 80% of the residents have at least some college education. That is partly thanks to Cheney being to home of Eastern Washington University.

#25 Mount Vernon

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Mount Vernon is located in Skagit County, and it has a population of 32,356. At 5.9%, the unemployment rate here is below the national average. The Skagit River that borders Mount Vernon adds to the town’s beauty.

#26 Aberdeen

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Located in Grays Harbor County, Aberdeen has a population of 16,544. The median home value here is $117,900, and the median rent is $720. Aberdeen sits at the mouth of the Chihalis River, which adds an unique quality to this town.

#27 Moses Lake

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Found in Grant County, Moses Lake has a population of 21,141. The median household income here is $47,914. The town of Moses Lake is located on Moses Lake in the center of Washington, which provides residents with easier access to all corners of the state.

#28 Longview

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Longview is a town in Cowlitz County, and it has a population of 36,589. 87% of the residents here have at least a high school diploma. Longview sits between Olympia and Portland, Oregon for those who frequently travel between the two cities.

#29 Centralia

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Located in Lewis County, Centralia has a population of 16,664. For renters, the median rent here is $825. Centralia sits just south of Olympia on the Chihalis River, providing an unique quality to the beautiful town.

#30 Shelton

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A town in Mason County, Shelton has a population of 9,798. The median home value here is $162,600. The town is a small community that sits on the shores of Oakland Bay.

#31 Yakima

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Yakima is located in Yakima County, and it has a population of 92,806. For renters, the median rent here is $772. Yakima is a center for music, hosting many festivals and concerts.

#32 Woodland

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Woodland is a town in Cowlitz County, and it has a  population of 5,535. At $65,065, the median household income is above the national average. Woodland has the benefit of being located near the Columbia River not far from Portland, Oregon.

#33 Sunnyside

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A town in also in Yakima County, Sunnyside has a population of 16,038. The median home value in Sunnyside is $116,400. The town is a rural community located in the farmlands of Washington.

#34 Quincy

Quincy is located in Grant County, and it has a population of 7,075. 60.7% of the residents here own their  home. This is a community with an economy heavily influenced by tourism thanks in part to its Gorge Amphitheater.

#35 Ocean Shores

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Ocean Shores is a town in Grays Harbor County, and it has a population of 5,609. The poverty rate here is almost half the national average at 8%. Ocean Shores is a beautiful seaside town on the Pacific Ocean.

#36 Grandview 

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Located in Yakima County, Grandview has a population of 11,023. For renters, the median rent here is $747. For people who enjoy a small community, Grandview provides just that for its residents.

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Best Towns to Live in Michigan 2016

MichiganA state bordered by four of the five Great Lakes, Michigan is located in the midwestern region of the United States. Michigan entered the Union in 1837 and is nicknamed the “Wolverine State.” Its capital is located in Lansing, and the most populated city is Detroit. Michigan is a traditional leader in the American motor vehicle industry, and sport fishing is popular on the lakes that surround it. As you look to move to Michigan, here are the best towns to consider.

Our ratings were compiled by combining census, education, wealth , happiness  and internal RentApplication data to create a unified rating system for all of the towns in Michigan. Ranked below are the top towns. 

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#1 Novi

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Located in Oakland County, Novi is home to 56,887 people. Novi has a low unemployment rate at 4.3% and a low poverty rate at 6.4%. 80% of the residents in Novi have at least some college education.

#2 Troy

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Also located in Oakland County, Troy has a population of 82,106. The median home value is above the national average at $220,100, and 73.5% of the residents own their homes. According to Troy’s city website, 95% of their grade-level students go to college.

#3 Farmington Hills

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Another city located in Oakland County, Farmington Hills is home to 80,682 people. The town has a low unemployment rate at 3.8%, and its poverty rate is nearly half the national average at 8%. Farmington Hills is considered part of Metropolitan Detroit.

#4 Petoskey

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Located in Emmet County, Petoskey has a population of 5,705. The home value in Petoskey is above the national average at $188,800, and 56% of the residents own their own home. Petoskey is located on the Little Traverse Bay and has a historic area for shopping known as the Gaslight Shopping District.

#5 Houghton

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Houghton can be found in Houghton County and has a population of 7,897. The unemployment rate in Houghton is below the national average at 5%, and at least 75% of the residents have some college education, giving its town residents a higher level of education than the national levels.

#6 Marquette

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Marquette is located in Marquette county. It has a population of 21,430. The unemployment rate in Marquette is below the national average at 4.8%. Marquette sits on Lake Superior and is home to Northern Michigan University.

#7 Chocolay Charter Township

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Also located in Marquette County, Chocolay Charter Township is home to 5,958 people. The town has a low unemployment rate at 4% and a low poverty rate at 5.7%. It borders Lake Superior for boating and fishing.

#8 Holland

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Located in Ottawa County, Holland is home to 33,342 people. 63.9% of the residents own their own homes, but the median rent is $779. For outdoor adventures, Holland has beaches along Lake Macatawa.

#9 Portage

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Located in Kalamazoo County, Portage has a population of 47,137. It has a 5.6% unemployment rate, and the median rent is $725. According to the city website, Portage promotes safe and well-maintained houses and outdoor parks.

#10 Marshall

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Marshall is located in Calhoun County and has a population of 7,054. Marshall has a 4.8% unemployment rate and a 10.1% poverty rate. 66.8% of the residents own their own homes, and the median rent cost is $701.

#11 Raisin Township 

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Located in Lenawee County, Raisin Township has a population of 7,539. The poverty rate is well below the national average at 8.1%. The median income levels are higher than the national average, with the median household income being $68,350.

#12 St. Johns

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Located in Clinton County, St. Johns has a population of 7,933. St. Johns has a 5.2% unemployment rate, and 69% of the residents own their homes. The town has a tradition of peppermint and spearmint production.

#13 Southfield 

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Another town located in Oakland County, Southfield has a population of 72,480. The Median individual income of Southfield is above the national average at $29,981. 72% of the residence have at least some college education. The town relies on its strong business center.

#14 Ishpeming

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A town in Marquette County, Ishpeming is home to 6,514 people. The unemployment rate is well below the national average at 3.5%. The average home construction year in Ishpeming is 1939, adding to the town’s historic charm.

#15 Mount Pleasant 

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Located in Isabella County, Mount Pleasant has 26,095 residents. 72% of the people in Mount Pleasant have at least some college education. In fact, the town is home to its own university in Central Michigan University.

#16 Wyoming 

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A town in Kent County, Wyoming has a population of 73,434. The median rent for the town is below the national average, but 65.3% of the residents own their home. For outside enjoyment, the town is bordered by Millennium Park and the Grand River.

#17 Ludington

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Located in Mason County, Ludington has a population of 8,061. The median rent in the town is $602. The town is benefited by its border with Lake Michigan, providing residents with a harbor and access to the lake.

#18 Livonia 

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Livonia is located in Wayne County, and it has a population of 95,888. The unemployment rate in Livonia is lower than the national average at 4.9%, and the poverty rate is 6%. This town is considered part of Metropolitan Detroit, and the location makes commuting into downtown Detroit easier.

#19 Sault Ste. Marie

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Located in Chippewa County, Sault Ste. Marie has a population of 14,121. The median rent amount in Sault Ste. Marie is $610. This town is a waterfront community on the St. Mary’s River.

#20 Bay City

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Bay City is located in Bay County and has a population of 34,578. The median rent in Bay City is $551. This town has many historic sites and museums, which adds to its appeal.

#21 East Lansing

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East Lansing is located in Ingham County, and it has a population of 48,611. The town has a low unemployment rate at 4.6%. Thanks to Michigan State University, 69% of the residents in East Lansing have at least a bachelor’s degree.

#22 Kinross Charter Township

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Located in Chippewa County, Kinross Charter Township has a population of 7,664. 88% of the residents have at least a high school diploma. For outdoor adventures, the town is located less than twenty miles from Lake Superior.

#23 Escanaba 

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A town in Delta County, Escanaba has 12,529 people in it. 63.7% of the residents own their homes, but for renters, the median rent cost is $518. Escanaba is located on the coast of Green Bay, allowing the residents access to boating and fishing.

#24 Ironwood

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Located in Gogebic County, Iron Wood is home to 5,237 people. 90% of the residents have at least a high school diploma, and 70% of them are home owners. Iron Wood is home to a series of theaters and studios for those interested in the Arts.

#25 Manistee

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A city in Manistee County, Manistee has a population of 6,160. 92% of the residents have at least a high school diploma. The average rent in Manistee is $607. The town is conveniently located between Lake Michigan and Manistee Lake.

#26 Lapeer

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Lapeer is located in Lapeer County and has a population of 8,801. The average rent in Lapeer is $709. Lapeer provides easy access to county government since it is the county seat of Lapeer county.

 

#27 Big Rapids

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Located in Mecosta County, Big Rapids has a population of 10,543. 88% of the residents have at least a high school diploma. This town is home to Ferris State University.

#28 Holly 

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Holly is located in Oakland County and has a population of 6,142. It has a poverty rate lower than the national average at 12.9%. 71.5% of the residents are home owners for those looking to buy into a community.

 

#29 Charlotte

Located in Eaton, Charlotte is home to 9,053 people. 62% of the residents are home owners. Charlotte is the location of the county seat for Eaton County.

#30 Owosso

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Owosso is located in Shiawasee County, and it has a population of 14,922. 90% of the residents have at least a high school diploma. Owosso maintains city parks for the community’s enjoyment.

#31 Menominee

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Located in Menominee County, Menominee has a population of 8,520. 69% of the residents are homeowners for people looking to purchase a home in a community with other home owners.

#32 Madison Charter Township

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Madison Charter Township can be found in Lenawee County, and it has a population of 8,520. The town has a poverty rate that is below the national average at 9.6%, and most of the residents are homeowners for those looking to buy a home next to other home owners.

#33 Dearborn

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Located in Wayne County, Dearborn has a population of 96,739. The median rent cost in Dearborn is $984. It is the eighth largest city in Michigan for those looking for an urban setting.

#34 Columbia Township

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Located in Jackson County, Columbia Township is home to 7,410 people. The town has a low unemployment rate 3.9% and has a low poverty rate at 10.1%, showing positive signs for the towns economy.

#35 Three Rivers

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Three Rivers is located in St. Joseph County, and it has a population of 7,765. The average rent cost in the town is 7,765. Three Rivers is located where Rocky River and Portage River run into the St. Joseph River, providing an unique outdoor environment.

#36 Niles

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A town in Berrien County, Niles has a population of 11,479. The average rent cost in Niles is $602. It is located on the St. Joseph River for residents who enjoy boating and fishing.

#37 Hillsdale 

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Hillsdale can be found in Hillsdale County, and it has a population of 8,222. 89% of the residents have at least a high school diploma. The town is the location of Hillsdale College.

#38 Ionia 

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Ionia can be found in Ionia County and has 11,388 residents. The average rent cost in the town is $653. For people who enjoy the outdoors, Ionia borders the Ionia State Recreation Area.

#39 Eaton Rapids

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Located in Eaton County, Eaton Rapids has a population of 5,221. 91% of the residents in Eaton Rapids have at least a high school diploma. Eaton Rapids has various forms of entertainment from theater to racing.

#40 Milan

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Milan can be found in Monroe County and has a population of 5,724. The unemployment rate in the town is below the national average at 5.9%, and the poverty rate is low at 6.8%. The median household income is above the national average, a positive for those living and working in Milan.

#41 Denton Township

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Located in Roscommon County, Denton Township has a population of 5,470. The town has a low unemployment rate at 5%. 78.8% of the residents own their homes for those looking to live among other home owners.

#42 Jackson

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Jackson is found in Jackson County, and it has a population of 33,317. The median rent cost in Jackson is $635. Jackson provides residents with an urban environment.

#43 Greenville

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Located in Montcalm County, Greenville is home to 8,434 people. The average rent cost in the town is $718. Greenville embraces its culture and history through annual festivals and the preservation of historical sites.

#44 St. Louis

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St. Louis is located in Gratiot County, and it has a population of 7,347. This town has a median house value of $66,800. St. Louis commemorates its history by preserving historical buildings and homes.

#45 Hastings

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Located in Barry County, Hastings has a population of 7,313. The median rent cost in Hasting is $733. Hastings has the benefit of being an hour outside of Lansing, the state capital.

#46 Muskegon 

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Muskegon is located in Muskegon County, and it has a population of 37,822. The median home value in Muskegon is $63,300. Residents in Muskegon enjoy a border the Lake Michigan.

#47 Alma

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Also located in Gratiot County, Alma has a population of 9,289. 89% of residents from Alma have at least a high school diploma. Alma provides residents with a rural setting.

#48 Richmond

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A town in Macomb County, Richmond has a population of 5,806. Richmond’s unemployment rate is below the national average at 6.2%. 70.7% of the residents own their homes, so the community is largely made up of home owners.

#49 Cadillac

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Located in Wexford County, Cadillac has 10,306 residents. 90% of these residents have at least a high school diploma. The median rent cost is $679, which is below the national average for those looking to rent.

#50 Benton Harbor

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Benton Harbor is located in Berrien County, and it has a population of 10,056. The average home value in the town is $47,400. For residents who enjoy the outdoors, Benton Harbor is bordered by the St. Joseph River and Lake Michigan.

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Best Towns to Live in Indiana 2016

Indiana

Indiana is located in the midwestern region of the United States, and the state possesses a border along Lake Michigan. Indiana is known for both agriculture and manufacturing, with steel being one of its top areas of production. Indiana was added to the Union in 1816, and Indianapolis is its capital. If you’re hoping to find a home in the Hosier State, below are the best towns in the state.

Our ratings were compiled by combining census, education, wealth , happiness  and internal RentApplication data to create a unified rating system for all of the towns in Indiana. Ranked below are the top towns. 

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#1 Carmel 

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Located in Hamilton County, Carmel has a population of 83,474. The town has a very low poverty rate at 3.7%, and the unemployment rate is low at 3.6%. The community is benefited by its highly educated residents, with 69% of them having at least a bachelor’s degree.

#2 West Lafayette 

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West Lafayette is located in Tippecanoe County and has a population of 30,843. The unemployment rate is low at 3.6%. The town provides an urban environment and is the location of Purdue University.

#3 Bloomington

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A town in Monroe County, Bloomington has a population of 81,963. The unemployment rate here is lower that the national average at 4.9%, which is benefited by the education levels of the residents as 93% of them have at least a high school diploma.

#4 Warsaw

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Located in Kosciusko County, Warsaw has a population of 14,179. The unemployment rate is below the national average at 5.7%, and the poverty rate is below the national average at 13.8%. The town has many beautiful lakes with the biggest one being Winona Lake.

#5 Greensburg

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Greensburg is located in Decatur County, and it has a population of 12,160. The residents of Greensburg are well educated as 88% of them have at least a high school diploma. The town has a rich history with many historical sites.

#6 Batesville

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Located in Ripley County, Batesville has a population of 6,397. The unemployment rate is extremely low at 1.2%, and the poverty rate is low at 5.2%. 70.2% of the residents own their own home.

#7 Columbus 

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Columbus is located in Bartholomew County, and it has a population of 45,522. The unemployment rate is below the national average at 4.2%, and the community is well educated as 91% of the residents have at least a high school diploma.

#8 Lafayette

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A town in Tippecanoe County, Lafayette has a population of 69,982. For people looking to rent, the median price is below the national average at $766. The town is located on the Wabash River.

#9 Jasper

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Jasper is part of Dubois County, and it has a population of 15,177. The unemployment rate is low at 2.9%, and the poverty level is low at 7.6%, which are positive signs for town’s economy.

#10 Linton

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Located in Greene County, Linton has a population of 5,368. The home ownership here is above the national average at 65.4%. The beauty of Linton lies in the fact that it is a small community.

#11 Columbia City

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Columbia City can be found in Whitley County, and it has a population of 9,057. The unemployment rate is below the national average at 5.9%. The average rent price is $628, which is below the national average for people looking to rent in Columbia City.

#12 Goshen

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Goshen is located in Elkhart County, and it has a population of 32,297. The median home value here is $111,400. Goshen provides residents with a small urban environment.

#13 North Manchester

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A town in Wabash County, North Manchester has a population of 6,080. The town has a very low unemployment rate at 2%, which is partly due to 91% of its residents having at least a high school diploma.

 

#14 Auburn

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Auburn can be found in Dekalb County and has a population of 12,972. The unemployment rate here is below the national average at 3,9%. For people looking to own a home among other home owners, 74.5% of the residents in Auburn own their home.

#15 Decatur

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Located in Adams County, Decatur has a population of 9,511. The residents of Decatur have a fairly high education level as 87% of them have at least a high school diploma. 68.4% of the residents own their home.

#16 Crawfordsville

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Crawfordsville is located in Montgomery County, and it has a population of 15,988. For people looking to rent in Crawfordsville, the median rent cost is below the national average at $658.

#17 Mishawaka

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A town in St. Joseph County, Mishawaka is home to 48,120 people. 87% of the residents here have at least a high school diploma. Mishawaka is split by the St. Joseph River for outdoor enjoyment.

#18 Portland

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Located in Jay County, Portland has a population of 6,408. The poverty rate here is below the national average at 14.9%. The Salamonie River that runs through Portland provides residents with outdoor activities.

#19 Shelbyville 

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A town in Shelby County, Shelbyville is home to 19,216 residents. The median home value in Shelbyville is #96,400. Shelbyville is thirty minutes outside of Indianapolis for people who commute into the city.

#20 Tell City

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Located in Perry County, Tell City is home to 7,251 people. The unemployment rate here is low at 3%, and the poverty rate is below the national average at 14.3%. The benefit of owning a home here is that 72.6% of the residents own their home as well.

#21 Muncie

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Muncie is located in Delaware County, and it has a population of 70,035. The median home value in Muncie is $70,400. Although a large town within itself, Muncie is located only an hour outside of Indianapolis.

#22 Plymouth

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Plymouth can be found in Marshall County, and it has a population of 10,048. The median rent price in Plymouth is $620. For residents looking to get outdoors, the Yellow River runs through the center of Plymouth.

#23 Nappanee

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Located in Elkhart County, Nappanee is home to 6,639 people. The community benefits from a 4.2% unemployment rate and a 10.7% poverty rate, which are both below the national average.

#24 La Porte 

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La Porte is located in La Porte County and has a population of 22,153. The median rent cost for residents in La Porte is $654. The town benefits from its many lakes with the largest one being Pine Lake.

#25 Angola

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Located in Steuben County, Angola has a population of 8,610. The unemployment rate here is below the national average at 6.1%. For residents seeking an education opportunity, Trine University is located in Angola.

#26 Garrett

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A town in Dekalb County, Garrett has a population of 6,213. The unemployment rate here is 5.6%, which is below the national average. The town benefits from its educated populace as 87% of them have at least a high school diploma.

#27 Peru

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Peru is located in Miami County, and it has a population of 11,199. For people looking to rent, the median rent price in Peru is $595. For residents who enjoy the outdoors, the Wabash River runs through Peru.

#28 Bedford

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Located in Lawrence County, Bedford is home to 13,384 people. The unemployment rate here is below the national average at 5.8%. The town is located just outside of Hoosier National Forest for residents who enjoy the outdoors.

#29 Huntington

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A town in Huntington County, Huntington has a population of 17,284. The median home value in Huntington is $75,700, and 66.1% of the residents own their home. The town is benefited by its location on both the Little River and the Wabash River.

#30 Terre Haute 

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Terre Haute can be found in Vigo County and has a population of 61,040. The unemployment rate here is 5.8%, which is below the national average. Terre Haute is home to Indiana State University.

#31 Martinsville 

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Martinsville is located in Morgan County, and it has a population of 11,756. The median home value in Martinsville is $92,300. The town is less than an hour from Indianapolis for residents who commute into the city.

#32 Mount Vernon

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Located in Posey County, Mount Vernon has a population of 6,607. The town has a low unemployment rate at 4%, and 88% of the residents have at least a high school diploma. For people looking to purchase a home in Mount Vernon, 71.8% of the residents own their home.

#33 Lowell

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Lowell can be found in Lake County, and it has a population of 9,347. The town has a poverty rate of 8.9% and an unemployment rate of 6%, which are both below the national average. The median household income is above the national average at $61,933, a positive sign for the town’s economy.

#34 Washington

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A town in Daviess County, Washington has a population of 11,758. The median rent here is well below the national average at $571. The town has a rich history with many historical sites to commemorate that history.

#35 Lawrenceburg 

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Located in Dearborn County, Lawrenceburg has a population of 5,022. The median home value here is $131,700, and the median rent is $684. The town is located on the Ohio River just outside of Cincinnati, Ohio.

#36 Rensselaer

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Located in Jasper County, Rensselaer has a population of 5,787. The unemployment rate here is extremely low at 1.8%, and the town is the location of St. Joseph’s College, adding to the community’s appeal.

#37 Kokomo

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Kokomo can be found in Howard County, and it has a population of 56,958. 87% of the residents in Kokomo have at least a high school diploma. Kokomo is known for its innovations in the automobile industry.

#38 Seymour

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Located in Jackson County, Seymour has a population of 18,686. The town has an unemployment rate of 6.2%, which is below the national average. For residents who enjoy the outdoors, Seymour is located between the East Fork White River and the Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge.

#39 Anderson

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Anderson can be found in Madison County, and it has a population of 55,789. For renters, the median rent in Anderson is $691, which is below the national average. The town is located just outside Indianapolis for residents who commute into the city.

#40 Tipton

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Tipton is located in Tipton County and has a population of 5,288. Tipton has an unemployment rate of 4.1% and a poverty rate of 13%, which are both below the national average and are positive signs for the town’s economy.

#41 Hartford City

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Located in Blackford County, Hartford has a population of 6,166. For people looking to own a home among home owners, 71.9% of the residents in Hartford own their home.

#42 North Vernon

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A town in Jennings County, North Vernon is home to 6,736 people. The median home value here is $79,500, and the median rent is $656. The town is located near both state and national parks for residents who enjoy the outdoors.

#43 Marion

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Marion can be found in Grant County, and it has a population of 29,403. The unemployment rate here is below the national average at 6.1%. Marion is located between Indianapolis and Fort Wayne, two of the largest cities in Indiana.

#44 Elwood

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Located in Madison County, Elwood has a population of 8,569. Elwood has an unemployment rate of 6%, which is below the national average. This is a small community where residents interact with their neighbors.

#45 Scottsburg

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Scottsburg is located in Scott County, and it has a population of 6,700. The median rent here is $666. Scottsburg has many lakes and parks for activities outside.

#46 Gary

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A town in Lake County, Gary has a population of 79,165. The median home value in Gary is $65,500. Gary has the benefit of being located on Lake Michigan.

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Best Towns to Live in Arizona 2016

Arizona

A southwestern state in the Mountain West region, Arizona is home to the Grand Canyon, which gives it the nickname “Grand Canyon State.” Arizona is bordered by Mexico to the south. It became a state in 1912, but the territory was organized in 1863. The capital and largest city is Phoenix. If you’re looking to live in Arizona, find the best towns in the list below.

Our ratings were compiled by combining census, education, wealth , happiness  and internal RentApplication data to create a unified rating system for all of the towns in Arizona. Ranked below are the top towns.

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#1 Sedona 

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Sedona is located in Yavapai County, and it has a population of 10,092. 96% of the residents in Sedona have at least a high school diploma. The town has an unemployment rate of 5% and a poverty rate of 8.7%, which are both below the national average and are positive signs for the area’s economy.

#2 Flagstaff

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Located in Coconino County, Flagstaff has a population of 67,419. The unemployment rate here is low at 4.2%, and 74% of the residence have at least some college. Flagstaff has a beautiful environment as it is surrounded by mountains and next to the Kaibab National Forrest.

#3 Cottonwood

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A town in Yavapai County, Cottonwood has a population of 11,358. The median rent here is $757, and the median home value is $129,700. On the edge of Cottonwood is the Dead Horse Ranch State Park for residents who enjoy the outdoors.

#4 Prescott

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Prescott can be found in Yavapai County as well, and it has a population of 40,130. The unemployment rate here is low at 4.8%, and 93% of the residents have at least a high school diploma. For people looking to purchase a home, the median home value in Prescott is $265,500, which is above the national average.

#5 Sahuarita

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Located in Pima County, Sahuarita is home to 26,441 people. The town has an extremely low unemployment rate at 2.2%, and a very low poverty rate at 6.4%. 80.9% of the residents own their home, which is partly due to the median household income being above the national average at $65,183.

#6 Florence

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Florence is located in Pinal County, and it has a population of 26,513. The town has a low unemployment rate at 2.7%. For residents who enjoy the outdoors, Florence is located along the Gila River.

#7 Snowflake

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Located in Navajo County, Snowflake is home to 5,595 people. The town has a low unemployment rate at 3.3% and a low poverty rate at 9.6%. The economy of the town is benefited by the above average median household income, which is $60,886.

#8 Camp Verde

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A town in Yavapai County, Camp Verde has a population of 10,965. The median rent in Camp Verde is $769. Camp Verde is located between Flagstaff and Phoenix, two of the largest cities in the state.

#9 Wickenburg

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Located in Maricopa County, Wickenburg has a population of 6,629. The unemployment rate here is 3%, and 88% of the residents have at least a high school diploma. Wickenburg is located an hour outside of Phoenix for residents who commute into the city.

#10 Bisbee

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Bisbee is a town in Cochise County, and it has a population of 5,475. The unemployment rate here is 3.6%, and 66% of the residents have at least some college education. Bisbee has many historic sites displaying its rich history.

#11 Nogales 

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Nogales is located in Santa Cruz County and has a population of 20,699. The median rent here is $514, and the median home value is $121,300. The town has four ports that lead to and from Mexico, making the town a center for trade.

#12 Yuma 

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Located in Yuma County, Yuma has a population of 93,078. The median home value here is $122,100. Yuma is located between the Colorado River and the Kofa National Wildlife Refuge for residents who enjoy the outdoors.

#13 Show Low

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Show Low is a town in Navajo County, and it has a population of 10,754. 89% of the residents here have at least a high school diploma. Show Low takes pride in being the largest city in the White Mountains of Arizona.

#14 Globe

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Located in Gila County, Globe has a population of 7,463. The unemployment rate is below the national average at 4.9%. Globe has a rich culture where they promote the work of local artists and make an effort to preserve the town’s history.

#15 Lake Havasu City

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Lake Havasu City is located in Mohave County, and it has a population of 52,827. The poverty rate here is 13.4%, which is below the national average. The town runs along Lake Havasu, which is where it gets its name.

#16 Holbrook 

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Holbrook is found in Navajo County and has a population of 5,003. 88% of the residents here have at least a high school diploma, and for those who enjoy the outdoors, the town is located beside the Petrified Forest National Park.

#17 San Luis

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Located in Yuma County, San Luis has a population of 30,139. 73.9% of the residents are home owners, and the median home value is $113,700. The town has the benefit of being bordered by Mexico for residents who travel to and from the country.

# 18 Chino Valley

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A town in Yavapai County, Chino Valley has a population of 10,879. The unemployment rate is low at 3.9%, and 74.9% of the people here own their home. As the first territorial capital of Arizona, Chino Valley has a rich history that it promotes.

#19 Coolidge

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Coolidge is located in Pinal County and has a population of 12,058. The median rent cost here is $761. The town is located an hour outside of Phoenix for those who commute into the city.

#20 Somerton

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Located in Yuma County, Somerton has a population of 14,679. The median home value here is $114,500, and 67.1% of the residents own their home, which is good for people looking to live among other home owners.

#21 Eloy

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Another town in Pinal County, Eloy has a population of 17,062. The median rent here is $585, and the median home value is $72,300. The town is located only an hour outside of Phoenix for residents who travel into Phoenix.

#22 Bullhead City

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Bullhead City is located in Mohave County, and it has a population of 39,480. The median home value in Bullhead City is $98,000. The town is benefited by its location on the Colorado River, which is also the border between Nevada and Arizona.

#23 Kingman

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Located in Mohave County, Kingman has a population of 28,381. The unemployment rate here is below the national average at 5.7%. Kingman has the benefit of being just an hour and a half from Las Vegas, Nevada.

#24 Payson

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Payson is located in Gila County, and it has a population of 15,234. The town has an unemployment rate of 3.9% and a poverty rate of 13.2%, which are both below the national average. For those looking to purchase a home here, 70.5% of the residents own their home.

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