Cost of living: 126
Median home price: $321,500
When you think of grand, sweeping Western movies with Red Rock facades glistening in the desert sun, you’re actually picturing Sedona. Like Boulder, Sedona is surrounded by mountains. Except, instead of snow-capped mountains made for skiing, Sedona’s “mountains” are actually red sandstone formations. Perfect for hiking, biking and watching the sunrise or sunset, the Sedona landscape creates an almost ethereal backdrop for any activity. Beyond sweeping panoramas, Sedona’s town center is a vibrant community that’s not only active but also keeps its architectural history alive with zoning laws that require all buildings – even chains like McDonald’s – to be built within Pueblo Revival Style.