10 Best Value Cities for 2011

What\'s top value in a place to live?

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What\'s top value in a place to live? Our Best Cities list this year focuses on metro areas with vibrant economies, reasonable living costs, and great amenities.

A mix of midwest and southern cities, our 2011 lineup has several common themes:1) partnerships that have been vital to nurturing business environments that attract employers and high-paying jobs, 2) low housing costs, and 3) quality of life.

To identify the winners, Kiplinger\'s teamed up with Kevin Stolarick, research director at the Martin Prosperity Institute, a think tank that studies economic prosperity. The cost-of-living index is based on the national average of 100. Cities with a score below 100 have a lower cost-of-living. Then our staff reporters visited each of the top ten cities to help determine the final rankings.

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