Want to own a two-story house, give your kids a terrific education and make a decent living? Move to Indianapolis, voted by CNNMoney.com as the most affordable city in the nation.
After my parents divorced, my mom picked a place on the map (as I recall it), and we ended up in Indy. I'm not going to lie, for the eight years I lived there, I hated it. Other than going to the mall and to the movies, there was nothing to do for teens. But after moving back to New York City for college--where my Brooklyn rent soared to $1200 for a one-bedroom apartment, car insurance rose to $200 a month and grocery shopping became almost unmanageable--all the perks of living in Indy suddenly became obvious.