No. 18: Providence, R.I.
Median Home Price: $256,500
Why it’s on our list: Twenty years ago, there’s no way Providence would’ve made our list. Then economic good times fueled a major revitalization that brought in a gorgeously redesigned waterfront, a new Performing Arts Center and upscale condominium projects and shopping centers, earning the city a new designation as “The Renaissance City.” Then recession came and cut home prices in half—so there’s never been a better time to move to Providence. The Ocean State’s capital city is just minutes away from the ocean in several directions, and the swimming season lasts longer than you might think. The area is also host to several first-class events, including Ironman 70.3 Rhode Island.
Live here if: You like your urban culture to come with the smell of the ocean.
Don’t live here if: You need access to quiet roads for cycling right outside your front door.
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