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The top cities to live and learn in the Midwest 2011

Looking for the most family-friendly metropolis in the Midwest? From pastoral prairie towns to patriotic 'burbs, we found the 10 best cities for housing and public schools.

By GreatSchools Staff

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Haslett, MI

Education quality score: 85.91
Median home value: $123,950
Population: 10,962

The best for less! Not only are Haslett's homes a downright bargain, but residents here enjoy the delights of both suave urbanity and rustic ruralness. Culture, shopping, and dining can be consumed at nearby Lansing (the state capital) and East Lansing (home of Michigan State University). What's more, natural tranquility is right out the door with adjacent 500-acre Lake Lansing's boating, fishing, swimming, volleyball, and hiking pleasures.  

Haslett's schools boast a plethora of both fun and high-IQ, extra-curricular options. The Science Olympiad team of Haslett Middle School grabbed first place in regional competition, and electives of Spanish, band, and choir are available. Haslett High School offers seven choirs, plus inventively eclectic clubs that include writing, anime, French, Harry Potter, Japanese, film, fencing, and Quiz Bowl. Vera Ralya Elementary School also receives high marks from parents for its exceptional teachers and beloved principal.

Learn more about schools in Haslett, MI.

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