No. 20: Bloomington, Ind.
Median Home Price: $155,400
Why it’s on our list: In your ongoing quest to watch any triathlon-related movie ever made, you’ve likely rented, “Breaking Away,” the 1979 surprise hit about cycling that won an Oscar for best original screenplay. “Breaking Away” tells the story of four blue-collar kids who have grown up in the college town of Bloomington, one of whom is a cycling nut. The movie casts Bloomington as one of the best places in the country to be a true cyclist, and based on the riding Indiana has to offer, this is fact, not fiction. And of course, thanks to the University of Indiana, Bloomington has the sports facilities all multisporters crave. Add in the college town feel and its proximity to Ironmans Wisconsin and Louisville, and you’re set for great training and great road trips.
Live here if: You not only want to revel in triathlon but also want to finish up that nagging post-grad degree.
Don’t live here if: You find Big Ten college towns fundamentally juvenile and annoying.
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