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The Best Cities to Live in the South

20. Apex, North Carolina
> Population: 51,370
> 5-yr. population change: +26.4%
> Median household income: $111,435
> 5-yr. unemployment rate: 3.0%

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19. Buda, Texas
> Population: 15,565
> 5-yr. population change: +64.8%
> Median household income: $89,688
> 5-yr. unemployment rate: 2.0%

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18. Alpharetta, Georgia
> Population: 65,590
> 5-yr. population change: +7.7%
> Median household income: $113,802
> 5-yr. unemployment rate: 4.4%

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17. Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
> Population: 86,982
> 5-yr. population change: +20.2%
> Median household income: $103,232
> 5-yr. unemployment rate: 2.1%

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16. Heath, Texas
> Population: 8,709
> 5-yr. population change: +14.3%
> Median household income: $155,781
> 5-yr. unemployment rate: 4.6%

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