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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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Biloxi, MS

Education quality score: 79.16
Median home price: $95,440
Population: 43,910

Hurricane Katrina battered this Gulf Coast town and destroyed the public library, but the buoyant public education system remains afloat at its 15 schools, especially at the elementary level. North Bay Elementary School, Gorenflo Elementary School, Jeff Davis Elementary School, and Popps Ferry Elementary School are admirable primaries, and supporters are striving mightily to reopen Nichols Elementary School, which was closed last year due to budget constraints. More diverse than most on this list, the population of Biloxi is 71.43 percent white, 19 percent African-American, and 5.11 percent Asian-American.

Biloxi itself is a vacation destination teeming with charm. The ex-capital of French Louisiana offers sports fishing, ecotourism, bird watching, shrimping, alligator ranches, French colonial architecture, the Biloxi Lighthouse, and eight first-class gambling casinos. Notables in its 300-year-old history include rebel Jefferson Davis, singer Jimmy Buffet, and actors Eric Roberts and Jessica Alba. What happened to the library? It's now spread out in five locations, including two temporary trailers. Put on your sunglasses and study in the sunshine!

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