No. 3 Most Fun, Affordable City: Tempe, Ariz. 85281

No. of bars and restaurants: 265
Population: 61,010
Median home price: $119,900

The northern section of Tempe, home to Arizona State University, includes the Tempe Mill Avenue area, which has a greater concentration of restaurants than any other restaurant row around and offers both casual and upscale venues, according to the nonprofit Downtown Tempe Community. Nightlife includes swing, jazz, and rock-n-roll spots, brewpubs, and sports bars. Photograph: Courtesy of Michael Ging Photography
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