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Great cities for millennial homebuyers: Lancaster, Pa. Columbus, Ohio Garner, N.C. Petersburg, Fla. West Des Moines, Iowa. It’s also home to an established arts community and a network of independently owned businesses. There were 200 new housing units built in Lancaster in 2017. Columbus, Ohio Population: 860,090 Median value of housing: $131,800 You can own a home in Columbus without breaking the bank. There are also miles of bike trails and thousands of acres of parkland to hike. For people who work in any of these areas, Garner offers more affordable housing than some of the other nearby communities. St. Petersburg, Fla. Population: 260,999 Median value of housing: $154,800 St. Petersburg has rejuvenated its downtown, which is home to a mixture of business offices, residential property, restaurants and entertainment. West Des Moines, Iowa Population: 64,560 Median value of housing: $195,500 West Des Moines borders Des Moines to the west, about eight miles from Des Moines International Airport. It’s affordable for them to do that here.” Finance and insurance companies, including Wells Fargo, Farm Bureau and Athene, are located in West Des Moines. Small businesses also make up a large part of West Des Moines’ economy, adding to the 2,800 businesses in the city, according to the West Des Moines Chamber of Commerce.