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Hampton, Virginia City on the Chesapeake
The new Virginia Air and Space Center is located in this city, home of the first training facility for American astronauts…

Population: 150,000 | Average Home Price: $105,000 | Preciptation: 45″ | Snow: 7″

Houma, Louisiana The Heart of Cajun Country
Here in the “swamp and marsh capital of southern Louisiana,” you can take a leisurely boat tours amid deer, herons and alligators…

Population: 49,000 | Average Home Price: $96,000 | Preciptation: 57″ | Snow: 0″

Hattiesburg, Mississippi Hub of the Mississippi
This southeast Mississippi hub has been rated the #1 small city in the nation for health care…

Population: 49,000 | Average Home Price: $80,000 | Preciptation: 58″ | Snow: 0″

Greenville, North Carolina Where History Meets High-Tech
This North Carolina town changed its name in 1786 to honor Revolutionary War hero General Nathaniel Greene…

Population: 58,000 | Average Home Price: $126,000 | Preciptation: 49″ | Snow: 5″

Rocky Mount/Stony Creek, North Carolina Poised for Prosperity
This North Carolina spot lies in two counties; the Seaboard Coast Line’s railroad tracks mark the boundary, down the middle of Main Street…

Population: 77,000 | Average Home Price: $140,000 | Preciptation: 46″ | Snow: 7″

Abilene, Texas Key City in the Big Country
This town’s beautiful Paramount Theater hosts the West Texas Film Festival each year…

Population: 115,000 | Average Home Price: $80,000 | Preciptation: 24″ | Snow: 5″

Augusta, Georgia Georgia’s Garden City
The Masters golf tournament is held in this Georgia town each year…

Population: 300,000 | Average Home Price: $104,000 | Preciptation: 42″ | Snow: 0″

Melbourne, Florida The Space Coast
The founders of this town on the Indian River Lagoon drew straws to pick the town name; the name is taken from the famous city in Australia…

Population: 84,000 | Average Home Price: $98,000 | Preciptation: 56″ | Snow: 0″

Fort Pierce, Florida Heart of the Citrus Region
Here in “The Sunrise City,” you can visit the Gilbert’s Bar House of Refuge, a Coast Guard Lifesaving Station-turned-museum…

Population: 87,000 | Average Home Price: $85,000 | Preciptation: 62″ | Snow: 0″

Dothan, Alabama A Place in the Heart
This “Peanut Capital of the World” hosts the National Peanut Festival each fall…

Population: 86,000 | Average Home Price: $90,000 | Preciptation: 41″ | Snow: 0″

Clarksville, Tennessee The New South
This Tennessee city calls itself the “Gateway to the New South”…

Population: 104,000 | Average Home Price: $98,000 | Preciptation: 50″ | Snow: 8”

Shreveport/Bossier City, Louisiana Cities of Three Flags
This spot on Louisiana’s Red River was named for a steam boat captain who cleared a logjam known as the “Great Raft” in the 1830s…

Population: 245,000 | Average Home Price: $95,000 | Preciptation: 45″ | Snow: 0″

Ocala, Florida Kingdom of the Sun
This tree-lined spot on the Silver River has been nationally recognized for its prize-winning horses…

Population: 46,000 | Average Home Price: $98,000 | Preciptation: 50″ | Snow: 0″

Brownsville, Texas On the Border, By the Sea
This town at the southern tip of Texas began as Fort Brown, built to support the U.S. claim to the Rio Grande as a southern border…

Population: 150,000 | Average Home Price: $110,000 | Preciptation: 25″ | Snow: 0″

McAllen, Texas City of Palms
This lush spot in Rio Grande country is a birdwatcher’s paradise, home each April to the Texas Tropics Nature Festival…

Population: 156,000 | Average Home Price: $108,000 | Preciptation: 26″ | Snow: 0″

Hickory, North Carolina Blue Ridge Mountain Home
This area in North Carolina is known as the nation’s furniture manufacturing capital…

Population: 300,000 | Average Home Price: $144,000 | Preciptation: 41″ | Snow: 9″

Jackson, Mississippi Old Capital of the South
This historic Mississippi city is the home of the largest planetarium in the Southeast…

Population: 350,000 | Average Home Price: $87,000 | Preciptation: 49″ | Snow: 1″

Norfolk, Virginia Heart of the Hampton Roads
This spot was the only American city completely destroyed and rebuilt in the Revolutionary War; a British cannonball in St. Paul’s Church wall is a reminder…

Population: 1,560,000 | Average Home Price: $109,000 | Preciptation: 45″ | Snow: 7″

Panama City, Florida World’s Loveliest Beaches
This Florida spot has over 27 miles of beach with truly emerald green waters and quartz white sand…

Population: 50,000 | Average Home Price: $104,000 | Preciptation: 62″ | Snow: 0″

Kissimmee/St. Cloud, Florida Heaven’s Place
Well-known for natural beauty, this spot was home to Earl Tupper, the inventor of Tupperware…

Population: 54,000 | Average Home Price: $94,000 | Preciptation: 46″ | Snow: 0″

Port Arthur, Texas The Stars of Eastern Texas
This spot is the home of the Janis Joplin Annual Birthday Bash, held in January…

Population: 57,000 | Average Home Price: $75,000 | Preciptation: 55″ | Snow: 1″

Wilmington, North Carolina Hollywood of the East
Smart Money magazine chose this North Carolina beach town as its #1 family vacation spot…

Population: 200,000 | Average Home Price: $145,000 | Preciptation: 55″ | Snow: 2″

Raleigh, North Carolina City of Oaks
This technologically savvy state capital is consistently ranked among the best places to live in the country…

Population: 345,000 | Average Home Price: $156,000 | Preciptation: 42″ | Snow: 7″

Greenville, South Carolina The Rising Star of the South
The Peace Center for the Performing Arts presents theater and concerts in this South Carolina city’s rejuvenated downtown…

Population: 209,000 | Average Home Price: $147,000 | Preciptation: 51″ | Snow: 7″

  • Oh my GOD, you got Rocky Mount. You have no idea how ridiculously hilarious that is. Rocky Mount, incidentally, is twenty minutes away from where I live and quite similar to my town. Rocky Mount was actually a semi-decent town before the flood annihilated it. It’s not bad, I guess, but still. I don’t know why it would register as anybody’s ideal town. Raleigh’s nice, but kind of huge. Wilmington, too. Greenville is pretty cool. That’s where my dad works (at East Carolina University’s medical school). But damn. Rocky Mount. That’s some funny stuff.

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