Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Top Ten Places To Live in America on $100 A Day!


Eau Claire, Wisc .
  • Median home price: $121,100
  • Sunny days per year: 200
  • Vibe: Family-friendly values with a progressive twist
  • Local flavor: Cozy up to the bonfire and munch on Cheese Curds ($7) made from the region's famed cheddar at the Livery, a converted stable downtown.
Gainesville, Florida
  • Median home price: $125,500
  • Sunny days per year: 205
  • Vibe: Funky hippie meets world traveler
  • Secret affordability sauce: The country's sixth largest college—The University of Florida—fuels an economy more durable than most Southern cities.
Grand Junction, Colorado
  • Median home price: $159,800
  • Sunny days per year: 214
  • Vibe: Contemporary arts meet Western charm
  • Impress friends and family with: The views of the Grand Mesa, one of the world's biggest flat-top mountains.
Las Cruces, N.M.
  • Median home price: $148,000
  • Sunny days per year: 287
  • Vibe: A sunny cocktail of Old Mexico, the Wild West and high-desert casual living
  • Local flavor: Head to the patio of De La Vega's Pecan Grill & Bar, and nibble on the stuffed green chiles ($9).
Morgantown, W.V.
  • Median home price: $168,900
  • Sunny days per year: 185
  • Vibe: Small college city combines Appalachian roots with a strong local economy
  • Local flavor: Tip back a cold Blue Moon beer ($4.50) at Mario's Fish Bowl. Originally a candy store, the restaurant has been serving beer in fishbowl-size glasses (yep, made right here) since 1950.
Omaha, Nebraska
  • Median home price: $123,500
  • Sunny days per year: 193
  • Vibe: Midwestern cozy with a high-tech spark
  • Impress friends and family with: The area's many start-up companies, which earned it the nickname "Silicon Prairie."
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Median home price: $106,500
  • Sunny days per year: 194
  • Vibe: Green not grimy, the city's 88 distinct neighborhoods create a European atmosphere
  • Secret affordability sauce: Stable, diverse economy—since 2008, only Austin and Houston have added jobs faster.
Roanoke, Va.
  • Median home price: $151,500
  • Sunny days per year: 217
  • Vibe: A bustling small city, amid the magic of the Blue Ridge Mountains
  • Local flavor: Grab a $1.25 hot dog at the legendary Texas Tavern, a 24-hour fixture since 1930.
San Antonio, Texas
  • Median home price: $135,000
  • Sunny days per year: 263
  • Vibe: Old West urban flair
  • Best daytime lark: El Mercado (which the city claims is the biggest Mexican marketplace outside Mexico) in Old Market Square.
Spokane, Wash.
  • Median home price: $145,000
  • Sunny days per year: 176
  • Vibe: Lush green beauty meets smart urban planning
  • Impress friends and family with: Its stunning Riverfront Park and its historic downtown.

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