11. South Bend, Indiana
Before a certain mayor started getting himself in the news, South Bend was known as the location of the University of Notre Dame. As in the typical college town, there are tons of things to do — including cheering on the Fighting Irish football and basketball teams.
The downsides of living here include punishing winters, high rates for murder and other violent crime, and bad roads that are often criticized by the transportation research group TRIP.
For homeowners looking to sell and move somewhere else, there’s this: a site recently named South Bend one of the best cities for flipping houses, because the growth of new manufacturing companies is driving up demand for affordable housing.