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MoneyWatch: Top 10 Places to Live in 2011

4. Leesburg, Virginia

Population: 42,600
Unemployment: 4.1 perfect

The town of Leesburg is located just 45 miles from the nation’s capital of Washington, D.C. and offers plenty of job opportunities in government, defense contracting, consulting and technology. While the commute from Leesburg to D.C. can be atrocious, residents get the perks of enjoying weekends in the town that calls itself “the gateway to D.C. wine country.” Citizens cite the city’s small town feel and access to a wide variety of recreational activities as key reasons for living in Leesburg. Combined with a startlingly low unemployment rate, it’s no wonder this historic settlement makes the Top 100 list.

Visitors and residents alike can enjoy Colonial architecture, fantastic restaurants and a charming downtown that is perfect for window (or real) shopping. Leesburg is home to plenty of Civil War history, and residents can walk along the same trails that Civil War soldiers used hundreds of years ago. All this gravitas comes at a reasonable price: the median home value is $363,500.

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