Metro: Gainesville (Ga.)
Share of homes with increasing values: 46.63%
Median value: $139,100
Annual change: 4.18%
Quarterly change: 4.50%
Gainesville, located on the shores of Lake Lanier about 50 miles northeast of Atlanta and 40 miles northwest of Athens, is known as the chicken capital of the world and even has a statue of a chicken topping an obelisk in the downtown. The area also has jobs in higher education, medicine, and retail.