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Best American Cities to Buy a House, from Minneapolis to Fargo (Photos)

The Daily Beast crunches the numbers to find the 25 best cities in America to buy a house, from Fargo, N.D., to Des Moines, Iowa, to Oklahoma City.

Home prices in cities around the country are slowly showing signs of recovery. As the real-estate market bounces back, The Daily Beast decided to figure out which locales offer potential buyers reasonably priced homes in economically viable communities.
 
To find the best cities to buy a house, we considered four categories, weighted equally, for 150 cities, with data from the National Association of Realtors and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. First, we looked at the median home price in each city for the first quarter of 2012. Then, because a good deal isn’t a steal if there’s no way to keep up with mortgage payments, we took into account the year-on-year job-growth rate, overall unemployment rate, and ratio of home prices to income.
 
Read on to check out the 25 most promising cities to start over in a new home.

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25. Minneapolis

Median home price: $147,300
Job growth rate: 0.9%
Unemployment rate: 5.2%
Home price to income ratio: 1.2

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24. Dayton, Ohio

Median home price: $86,600
Job growth rate: 0.9%
Unemployment rate: 7.3%
Home price to income ratio: 0.9

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23. Grand Rapids, Mich.

Median home price: $96,500
Job growth rate: 1.8%
Unemployment rate: 6.6%
Home price to income ratio: 1.1

22. Davenport, Iowa

Median home price: $99,700
Job growth rate: -1.2%
Unemployment rate: 6.7%
Home price to income ratio: 0.9

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21. Columbus, Ohio

Median home price: $117,500
Job growth rate: 1.8%
Unemployment rate: 6.1%
Home price to income ratio: 1.1

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20. Decatur, Ill.

Median home price: $86,100
Job growth rate: 2.1%
Unemployment rate: 7.5%
Home price to income ratio: 0.8

19. Springfield, Mo.

Median home price: $99,300
Job growth rate: 2.2%
Unemployment rate: 6.3%
Home price to income ratio: 1.1
 

18. Cumberland, Md.

Median home price: $84,900
Job growth rate: 7.0%
Unemployment rate: 7.6%
Home price to income ratio: 1
 

17. Columbia, Mo.

Median home price: $144,900
Job growth rate: 6.1%
Unemployment rate: 4.7%
Home price to income ratio: 1.5

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16. Oklahoma City

Median home price: $140,500
Job growth rate: 2.3%
Unemployment rate: 4.5%
Home price to income ratio: 1.4

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15. Des Moines, Iowa

Median home price: $137,300
Job growth rate: 1.1%
Unemployment rate: 5.0%
Home price to income ratio: 1.2

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14. Topeka, Kan.

Median home price: $94,700
Job growth rate: -1.6%
Unemployment rate: 6.3%
Home price to income ratio: 0.9

13. Appleton, Wis.

Median home price: $107,700
Job growth rate: 1.1%
Unemployment rate: 6.1%
Home price to income ratio: 1

12. Amarillo, Texas

Median home price: $126,600
Job growth rate: 2.6%
Unemployment rate: 4.8%
Home price to income ratio: 1.3

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11. Tulsa, Okla.

Median home price: $124,000
Job growth rate: 4.0%
Unemployment rate: 5.3%
Home price to income ratio: 1.2

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10. Cleveland

Median home price: $84,900
Job growth rate: 0.0%
Unemployment rate: 6.7%
Home price to income ratio: 0.8

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9. Toledo, Ohio

Median home price: $63,400
Job growth rate: 2.1%
Unemployment rate: 7.6%
Home price to income ratio: 0.7

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8. Akron, Ohio

Median home price: $81,600
Job growth rate: 0.1%
Unemployment rate: 6.6%
Home price to income ratio: 0.8

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7. Omaha

Median home price: $122,100
Job growth rate: 0.3%
Unemployment rate: 4.2%
Home price to income ratio: 1.3

6. Sioux Falls, S.D.

Median home price: $142,200
Job growth rate: 1.6%
Unemployment rate: 3.8%
Home price to income ratio: 1.3

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5. Bismarck, N.D.

Median home price: $179,300
Job growth rate: 5.8%
Unemployment rate: 2.5%
Home price to income ratio: 1.6

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4. Lansing, Mich.

Median home price: $65,500
Job growth rate: 1.0%
Unemployment rate: 6.8%
Home price to income ratio: 0.7

3. Lincoln, Neb.

Median home price: $131,000
Job growth rate: 1.5%
Unemployment rate: 3.4%
Home price to income ratio: 1.3

2. Waterloo, Iowa

Median home price: $103,700
Job growth rate: 2.0%
Unemployment rate: 4.7%
Home price to income ratio: 1

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1. Fargo, N.D.

Median home price: $143,900
Job growth rate: 4.6%
Unemployment rate: 3.0%
Home price to income ratio: 1.3