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Thursday, May 21 2009
To determine which U.S. cities are the best bargains, Forbes looked at the country's 50 largest U.S. metropolitan statistical areas and metropolitan divisions--geographic entities defined by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget used by federal agencies in collecting, tabulating and publishing federal statistics.
We assigned points to metro regions across four data sets: Average salary for workers with a bachelor's degree or higher, from; annual unemployment statistics, from the Bureau of Labor Statistics; cost of living, from Moody's; and the Housing Opportunity Index, from the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo, which measures the amount of homes sold in a given area that would be affordable to a family earning the local median income based on standard mortgage underwriting criteria.

Austin earned high marks across the board.

America's Best Bargain Cities:

1. Austin, TX

2. Phoenix, AZ

3. Washington D.C

4. Fort Worth, TX

5. Cincinnatti, OH

6. Indianapolis, IN

Posted by: Forbes AT 02:02 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email

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