Best Places to Live Offer Job Opportunities, Affordable Home Prices

In this family-friendly Dallas suburb, the typical single-family home only costs $300,000 but home values are on the rise, according to Money Magazine. Currently, property taxes are estimated at $7,430. Here, residents can enjoy local parks and a new town center. The rapidly growing town of 38,100 is keeping its economy going—many large employers including FedEx and Fidelity Investments have offices nearby. Unemployment is 5.8 percent.

8. Peachtree City, Georgia

If you have a knack for driving golf carts, Peachtree City, Ga., may be the place to settle. The Atlanta suburb, population 34,500, connects its five villages through both roads and 90 miles of golf-cart paths. In addition to three golf courses in town, residents like Peachtree City's top-notch schools and its lowest crime rate of any small town in Georgia, Money Magazine reported. The typical single-family home here costs $344,000 with property taxes of about $4,670. Unemployment, however, is at 7.4 percent.

9. Lake St. Louis, Missouri

Lake St. Louis, Mo., population 13,900, boasts a variety of activities for residents including five parks, three golf courses and a large equestrian center. Single-family homes cost about $230,000 in this St. Louis suburb, Money Magazine reports. Property taxes are about $3,000 but residents also have to pay annual dues in the Community Association if they want access to some of the town's facilities. The unemployment rate here is more than 7 percent, which may be further affected by the expected layoffs of 1,800 at a nearby General Motors plant. Luckily, residents may be able to find employment through one of many health-care providers in town.

10. Mukilteo, Washington

With a population of 20,500, Mukilteo, Wash., capitalizes on its scenic views, location to nearby Seattle and a myriad of employment opportunities in the area. The unemployment rate is currently 7.1 percent, but sectors ranging from high-tech to the Internet industry have job offerings in the Seattle area. A single-family home here costs $435,500 and residents enjoy low property taxes of $3,260, Money reports.

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