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Big-city living isn't all it's cracked up to be. Not only will you find plenty of small-town charm if you live in a less populated town; you'll also save money. Apartment Guide found America's most affordable cities -- the top 10 cities with the least expensive median rent prices -- and we dug up a few cool facts about these hidden gems as well.

1. Florence - Muscle Shoals, AL

Median rent: $395 Named after the city in Italy, the northwestern Alabama town of Florence not only boasts the cheapest rent in the nation; it’s also the home of the University of North Alabama. Music lovers are in luck; artists from all over the country come to Florence each summer for the W.C. Handy Music Festival. It originally focused on blues and jazz, but now includes rock, gospel, country and more.

Whether you’re renting your first apartment or just moving on up, you might ask yourself a question that many renters face: Furnished or unfurnished? Furnished apartments are far less common, but might possibly be the right choice for you. It really depends on your circumstances. Here are a few pros and cons to consider before you decide if furnished or unfurnished is right for you.

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Vacation season: It’s finally here! Maybe you’re headed to a week of relaxing on the beach; maybe you’re jetting off on a fabulous international journey. But before you start packing, no matter where you’re going, you’ve got a few things to take care of in your apartment first. No one wants to worry about what’s going on at home when they’re out of town. So take care of these tasks before you go on vacation, and you’ll rest easy while you’re away.

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