Kentucky by the numbers: 5

Lexington was recently predicted to be the fifth best housing market in the country in 2011 by research firm Local Market Monitor for an MSN Real Estate report.

As MSN reported, "This is a market at bottom: Prices here will decline about 1 percent from the average actual home price — $183,084."

MSN columnist Melinda Fulmer added, "What? A decline passes for good news? I guess it does in today's dismal market."

Topping Lexington for fourth was the Cincinnati and Middletown, Ohio, metropolitan area, where prices were expected to remain flat.

The predicted top three housing markets were San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, Calif.; Oklahoma City, Okla.; and Tulsa, Okla.

The predicted worst market was Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, Fla., where home prices are expected to fall another 11 percent.

Scott Sloan