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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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Eastlake, OH

Education quality score: 78.98
Median home price: $98,010
Population: 19,403

Patriotism waves proudly in this blue-collar Cleveland suburb that boasts a "Boulevard of 500 Flags," a 9/11 Memorial, plus civic celebrations on Veteran's Day, Pearl Harbor Day, Memorial Day, and 9/11. Other regional boasts include a microscopic crime rate and house owner-occupancy of 78 percent. Another advantage of this outdoorsy and self-proclaimed "Crown Jewel of Lake Country": As the name suggests, Eastlake offers plenty of opportunity for water recreation along pretty Chagrin River, which feeds into nearby Lake Erie. If you're a land-lover, there's a plethora of parks, including a skateboarding park, dog park, and no end of fields for team sports.

Eastlake also successfully instructs the next generation of U.S. citizens at its five high-quality schools, which, as part of the Willoughby-Eastlake City School District have been rated "Excellent" by the Ohio Department of Education for five years in a row. Jefferson Elementary School, top-rated Longfellow Elementary School, and Washington Elementary School have lofty goals, offering a "Zenith" program for gifted and talented children. North High School encourages extracurricular activities, with enthusiastic support for football, baseball, and basketball.

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