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Portland is 90 minutes north, the coast an hour west, and wine country is all around. But you may find it hard to leave town. The historic downtown is handsome, and Oregon State University brings both sports and culture. Corvallis even has a program that helps people relocating here: yescorvallis.org.
Median home price: $255,500