10 Best Places to Buy a Home in 2011

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Last decade's bipolar housing market is over. The ups, the downs, the thrills, the spills -- largely behind us. Yes, prices and sales are stuck in neutral in large swaths of the country.

But let's ring in the new decade optimistically, with Walletpop's Top 10 List of the Best Places to Buy a Home in 2011. This mostly unscientific and partially-biased list is based on a grab-bag of lifestyle priorities and, yes, thorough reporting.

Here we go, in no particular order: