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From Texas towns to Southern suburbs, these top 10 cities offer families outperforming public schools and median home prices under $100K.

By GreatSchools Staff

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Harrison, Ark.

Harrison, Ark.

Education quality score: 80.01
Median home price: $99,800
Population: 13,108

Nestled in the Ozark Mountains, this rural gem offers folksy thrills: Crawdad Days Music Festival, Hemmed in Hollow Waterfalls, Arkansas Hot Air Balloon State Championship Race, and Buffalo National River. Founded in 1869, Harrison has a historic district and job opportunities in manufacturing, agriculture, and tourism. Fed Ex Freight hires 1,400 people; North Arkansas College maintains a staff of 240.

The Harrison High School Goblins are a perennial gridiron menace, capturing the state championship in 1999. The Goblin Booster Club recently collected $7 million — primarily from local businesses — to build a new football stadium that seats 5,600 (half the town). The pupils also kick academic butt: Three schools are rated 10, and four are 9's. With its well-developed gifted and talented program and an intimate 12.5-to-1 student-teacher ratio, Harrison offers serious book learning in a mountain idyll.

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Comments from GreatSchools.org readers

02/14/2011:
"Yeah... If you're white and straight, Harrison, AR could be the perfect place for you! If you're not, you'd be lucky to survive the schools there. "
02/14/2011:
"This article should be deleted. Half the cities on this list are in a state that is re-writing U.S. history. I don't consider that 'rock-solid' education."
01/25/2011:
"Great... but, but, but, but, Anything in places where one would actually want to live?"
05/6/2010:
"This is a stretch to say the least."
05/4/2010:
"Thanks for the wonderful article. Harrison is great place to live and visit. Just would like to add a correction. Dr. Jerry Moody is the Harrison School Districts superintendent. Our teachers and staff are number one! Not sure whom the Brian Smith you speak is though. "
04/28/2010:
"I am very proud to say I live in Webb City, MO. my son has achieved many honors because of the team work at the Webb City School District!!! GO CARDS!!!"
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