10) Colorado Springs, Colorado
The adventurous outdoorsman will love living in Colorado Springs. Hiking, rock climbing, horseback riding, and white-water rafting are the norm. The iconic Pikes Peak, the highest peak in the Rockies, is the backdrop to this ruggedly beautiful city. Hike, drive, or cycle your way to the summit. The military has a strong presence, employing one fifth of the city’s work force. Colorado Springs houses the U.S. Air Force Academy and the North American Air Defense Command, among others. The city is also a center for space research. The unemployment rate is 2.7%, well below the national average. Colorado Springs cares about its residents, supporting entrepreneurs with a program aimed at assisting start-up businesses. The median household income is $54,500 and the average home cost is $228,600. A lower than average cost of living index pushes CS even further up the list.