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The Norfolk metro area is one of four places to appear on our overall top 10 list again and, this year, has earned the No. 6 rank. The area boasts the largest number of federal jobs of any of our top 10 places. It also has the largest concentration of military bases and facilities of any metro in the United States, and is home to facilities for NASA and the Departments of Commerce, Veterans Affairs Transportation and Energy. Its unemployment rate is a low 5.7%, and the median home price is higher than average but still attractive at $194,700.