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10. Indianapolis-Carmel, IN

The Midwest gets a bad rap as a boring place but after the excitement of the past few years with the financial crisis, I think we can all agree – boring isn’t a bad thing.

“During these tough times, we’re sort of celebrating these areas that kept their head down and were sort of steady,” Sperling explained.

Indianapolis-Carmelranked high on both stability and affordability. The average home price in Indianapolis-Carmel is $120,200, well below the national median of $171,700 and the cost of living is 17.8 percent below the national average.

The downtown area was recently revitalized and Indianapolis is home to 10 sports teams, including the Indianapolis Colts football team and the Indiana Pacers basketball team. Carmel is one of the affluent cities just north of Indianapolis. Its crown jewel is the 161-acre Central Park,which features a big water park, a boardwalk, four miles of trails and 146,000 square foot fitness center.

The unemployment rate is 8.8 percent, below the national average of 10.2 percent. There are three applicants for every job available, making it one of the top 30 job markets in America, according to Indeed.com.

Companies That Are Hiring Now: Clarian Health, WellPoint Inc, HCR ManorCare, Eli Lilly and Ernst & Young, according to Indeed.com.

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