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MoneyWatch: Top 10 Places to Live in 2011

7. Liberty, Missouri

Population: 29,100
Unemployment: 7.6 percent

First settled in 1822, Liberty is one of the largest suburbs of Kansas City and is the site of Jesse James’ first daytime bank heist. No need for residents to go into that line of work, though – Liberty offers plenty of job opportunities in the telecom, engineering and life science fields. The city is also home to the Hallmark distribution warehouse and serves as the operations headquarters for Ferrellgas, the largest retail provider of propane in the United States.

Liberty offers more than employment opportunities: the school district is consistently ranked one of the top in Missouri, and the town itself plays host to loads of festivals, golf courses, parks and cultural events. Would-be residents of Liberty can get access to all this town has to offer for a median price of $122,912.

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