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DailyFinance.com: Top 10 Places to Live on $100 a Day

Grand Junction, Colo.

Vibe: Contemporary arts meet Western charm
Sunny days per year: 214
Median home price: $159,800

Grand Junction's affordability was hard-won: When the collapsing energy market dropkicked the town back in 1982, citizens took a hard look at their boom-and-bust history. In a concerted effort to diversify, they beefed up tourism -- from opening new country music venues to, starting in 2011, launching the state's only Lavender Festival.

The city was a pioneer in establishing downtown sculpture exhibits -- a local favorite is a shiny bison called "Chrome on the Range II." Combined with the classic Victorian architecture, the contemporary pieces make this town feel old and new at the same time.

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