23. Pelham, AL
Pelham, AL
Median home price: $140,000
Median family income: $78,486

One of the fastest-growing cities in Alabama, this bedroom community doesn't have many industries or employers of its own. But it's in easy driving distance to several major towns and cities that offer plenty of jobs, said Mayor Don Murphy.

When residents come home from work, it's easy to leave the office behind. Pelham has the 10,000-acre Oak Mountain State Park on its doorstep, a first-class racquet club, and an excellent city-owned golf course.

The city is prosperous, not affluent. Home prices, however, are very low, so most of the hard-working residents can afford to buy a home in town. 

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Last updated August 15 2011: 2:48 PM ET
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