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Tennessee

Murfreesboro

Nearest city: Nashville
Population: 88,728
Median household income: $65,531

The fast-growing suburb, 35 miles southeast of Nashville, is home to Middle Tennessee State University, the largest undergraduate university in the state. The city has become a retail center and is home to the Stones River Mall. It also hosts a number of music festivals and is the location of Cannonsburgh, a reconstructed Southern village that is a living history museum of Southern life.

Runners-up:
Clarksville
Franklin

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