Finally Shreveport/Bossier near the top on a "Good" list.  According to TheStreet.com Shreveport/Bossier is #2 in the nation in housing booms for 2011.  In fact, the median price gain for the year came in at a whopping 7.01% increase!  The writer cites "better-than-average job growth, especially in higher-wage sectors such as manufacturing, mining/energy and construction. Homes remain affordable and with an unemployment rate of just over 6%, the areas has attracted job seekers from other areas of the country."

Historically an oil-and-gas powerhouse, Shreveport /Bossier City has become a tourism and gambling mecca in recent years, with five riverboat casinos and one racetrack. The local economy also benefits from the presence of nearby Barksdale Air Force Base, which has some 9,000 employees.