The town of Dickinson, Texas, is just 28 miles southeast of Houston, and it is the fourth-largest metro area in the country. This growing town has everything you need to call it home. Its real estate appreciation rate grew an encouraging 10.9 percent last year, but the cost of living is 13 percent lower than the U.S. average. Home choices here range from quaint and cozy single-family homes to sprawling country estates. There is also plenty of land available for building a custom home.

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