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MSN Ranks Bargain Markets

While some major cities are experiencing falling home prices, several hidden gems in the central part of the United States offer affordable and appreciating housing, strong local economies and a good quality of life, according to the 2008 MSN Real Estate Most-Livable Bargain Markets list. The largest 100 U.S. cities were evaluated based on several criteria: affordability, home price appreciation, unemployment, cost of living, commute times and whether there was sufficient entertainment and recreation to keep people busy throughout the year.

The top cities were:

1. Wichita, Kan.
2. Omaha, Neb.-Council Bluffs, Iowa
3. Harrisburg-Carlisle, Pa.
4. Madison, Wis.
5. San Antonio
6. Indianapolis
7. Pittsburgh
8. Dallas-Fort Worth
9. Tulsa, Okla.

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