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Top education towns 2011: Median home prices under $100,000

From the Northwest coastline to the Ozark mountains, these top 10 cities offer affordable homes and stellar school districts.

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Pullman, WA

Education quality score: 81.23
Median home value: $91,280
Population: 26,642

This small prairie town, named after George Pullman, inventor of the railroad's "sleeping car," prides itself on other claims to fame, including colorful celebrities who've spent formative years here, like Microsoft's Paul Allen, cartoonist Gary Larson, psychedelic guru Timothy Leary, and NFL quarterback John Elway. In 2011, Bloomberg Business ranked Pullman as the best small town in Washington to raise kids, and it's easy to see why. Pullman's Washington State University campus, a near-invisible crime rate, a regional hospital that is consistently rated in the top three percent nationally, a youthful population (average age is a mere 22), and thriving technology companies in the area's Palouse Knowledge Corridor all contribute to Pullman's appeal.

But the best reason to put down roots here? The public schools, which the local Chamber of Commerce says is the #1 reason to live in this education-loving town. Pullman High School's 707 students earn Washington test scores that are among the highest in the state, especially in the parent-pleasing category of "Listening,” Students preparing for college can enroll in "Running Start" honors and Advanced Placement courses. There's a Future Farmers of America program for kids seeking livelihood in the local agricultural fields, including an annual "Lentil Festival" that serves 500 gallons of chili.

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