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MoneyWatch: Top 10 Places to Live in 2011

5. Papillion, Nebraska

Population: 18,900
Unemployment: 4.2 percent

Papillion is located just south of Omaha and offers the lowest crime rate in the state, a stable economy and loads of recreational opportunities. It’s one of the few remaining Parisian-inspired 18th century towns left in the Midwest and that European influence is reflected in its architecture. The town boasts two 18-hole golf courses, a 500-acre lake that’s perfect for fishing and tons of biking, hiking and horse trails. The quaint downtown is the perfect platform for many businesses, including restaurants and retail shops, to open their doors.

The economy benefits from the health care and transportation industries in nearby Omaha, as well as the agricultural boom happening in the U.S. right now. Papillion offers a quality educational system, tons of green space and plenty of economic opportunities in a variety of fields. Best of all, the median home price is $211,000 – an increase of 2.9 percent from last year. With the perks Papillion offers and the economic growth the town is experiencing, it’s possible home prices will rise even more next year.

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