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10. Eugene, Oregon

Colleges and Universities: University of Oregon

Average home price: $246,008

Statewide average home price: $251,255

Oregon’s second largest city, located where the McKenzie and Willamette rivers meet, has the motto, “A Great City for the Arts and Outdoors.” As with many college towns, it is a bastion of progressive activity. It’s also known for a history of community development and its Grower’s Market is the only food cooperative in the U.S. with no paid employees.

Don Hankins