10 Fun, Affordable Cities

Kiplinger's focuses on value for its 2011 Best Cities list and comes up with great places to live, work and play.

Finding a city to call home that has ample job opportunities, a low cost of living and plenty of things to do can be difficult. But Kiplinger's makes it easy with its Best Value Cities 2011 list.

We've looked at the statistics, crunched the numbers and investigated cities across the nation to come up with the top ten places that are affordable, thriving and fun. What we discovered is that a lot of the best values are in South and Midwest. Although most of the cities on our list are concentrated in just two regions, they all have diverse economies and plenty of job opportunities in a variety of fields. Plus, these small and midsize cities have many of the amenities you'd find in big metro areas along the coasts. See our slide show for the complete list.

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Cameron Huddleston
Former Online Editor, Kiplinger.com

Award-winning journalist, speaker, family finance expert, and author of Mom and Dad, We Need to Talk.

Cameron Huddleston wrote the daily "Kip Tips" column for Kiplinger.com. She joined Kiplinger in 2001 after graduating from American University with an MA in economic journalism.