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Best cities: $100,000-$199,999

From northern boomtowns to modernized Quaker townships, these top 10 cities offer families excellent public schools and median home prices between $100K and $200K.

By GreatSchools Staff

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Cleveland, Ohio

North Royalton, Ohio

Education quality score: 92.54
Median home price: $199,720
Population: 29,373

Oompah-pah! Oompah-pah! The marching band at North Royalton High School is one of the best in Ohio: It has trumpeted at the Rose Bowl and Indianapolis 500, with between 250 and 400 students enrolled in its ranks annually. Band leader Marty Lydecker is retiring soon, after 36 years of waving his baton. Five choirs also chime here in this suburb near Cleveland. With small-town amenities like an old hardware store, tailor shops, and a shoe repair shop, North Royalton also boasts great outdoor space including a new 15-acre park with walking trails, a community garden, and natural springs in the heart of town. 

Academically, North Royalton makes the best of good teachers and high parent involvement to achieve two 10s and three 9s among its schools, with 90% of its graduates entering college.

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Comments from GreatSchools.org readers

04/6/2010:
"Hooray for you,North Royalton. Keep up the good work. Wonder if the schools around you were also in competition? Ones such as Doylestown, Medina, Wadsworth? Ohio is a great place to live for the 'buck'. "
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