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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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Bristol, Tenn.

Bristol, Tenn.

Education quality score: 73.22
Median home price: $85,850
Population: 25,474

Varoom! This midsize town with the NASCAR Motor Speedway is accelerating its young people into the future. Famous for being the "birthplace of country music" and the hometown of Tennessee Ernie Ford, Bristol boasts recreational thrills: the Appalachian Trail, six golf courses, caverns, lakes, and creeks. America's Promise Alliance selected Bristol as one of the 100 best communities for young people, due to its low crime rate, cultural amenities (ballet, theater, and art), new public library (150,000 books), and highly acclaimed school system.

Washington Lee Elementary — located across the state line in the twin city of Bristol, Va. — has the best local rating (8 on GreatSchools), with abundant praise for its teaching staff. Bristol families receive generous support from local organizations like King Pharmaceuticals, the Massengill-DeFriece Foundation, Bristol Speedway Children's Charities, King College, and Northeast State Community College. Demographics here are quite "pale" — 95.5% white, 2.97% African American, .68% Hispanic, and .64% Asian. However, Bristol has socioeconomic diversity, with 19.4% of its children living below the poverty line.

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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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