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2019 Best Place to Buy a House in Every State

When you buy a house, you want to make a good investment. With that in mind, if you’re house hunting now, you’d be especially wise to check out any of these spots.

What makes these places so great?

The 2019 Best Places to Buy a House ranking is a deep dive into the housing and community of an area. It factors in a location’s housing market, including home values, taxes, crime rates, and quality of local schools, in an effort to measure the quality and stability of an area’s real estate market.

If you’re looking for a neighborhood a little closer to home, check out our list of great places to buy a house in your area.

State Place Population Median Home Value Housing Grade Cost of Living Grade Public Schools Grade Good for Families Grade
State Alabama
Place Madison
Population 47,079
Median Home Value $239,400
Housing Grade A+
Cost of Living Grade B+
Public Schools Grade A+
Good for Families Grade A+
State Alaska
Place Mid-Hillside
Population 6,376
Median Home Value $466,047
Housing Grade A
Cost of Living Grade B-
Public Schools Grade A-
Good for Families Grade A
State Arizona
Population 1,296
Median Home Value $200,191
Housing Grade A
Cost of Living Grade B
Public Schools Grade A-
Good for Families Grade A+
State Arkansas
Place Cave Springs
Population 3,320
Median Home Value $281,100
Housing Grade A+
Cost of Living Grade B+
Public Schools Grade A+
Good for Families Grade A+
State California
Place Broadstone
Population 9,138
Median Home Value $537,245
Housing Grade A-
Cost of Living Grade C
Public Schools Grade A
Good for Families Grade A+
State Colorado
Population 2,263
Median Home Value $243,886
Housing Grade A
Cost of Living Grade B
Public Schools Grade A
Good for Families Grade A+
State Connecticut
Place Terramuggus
Population 1,018
Median Home Value $302,400
Housing Grade A
Cost of Living Grade C+
Public Schools Grade A
Good for Families Grade A
State Delaware
Place Forty Acres
Population 1,318
Median Home Value $365,564
Housing Grade A
Cost of Living Grade B+
Public Schools Grade B-
Good for Families Grade A
State District of Columbia
Population 1,469
Median Home Value $440,000
Housing Grade A
Cost of Living Grade B-
Public Schools Grade A-
Good for Families Grade A+
State Florida
Place Easton Park
Population 2,683
Median Home Value $209,833
Housing Grade A+
Cost of Living Grade B+
Public Schools Grade B
Good for Families Grade A+
State Georgia
Place Hanover West
Population 3,023
Median Home Value $256,159
Housing Grade A+
Cost of Living Grade B
Public Schools Grade B+
Good for Families Grade A+
State Idaho
Population 3,225
Median Home Value $391,000
Housing Grade A+
Cost of Living Grade C+
Public Schools Grade A
Good for Families Grade A+
State Illinois
Place Forest Lake
Population 1,688
Median Home Value $305,400
Housing Grade A
Cost of Living Grade B-
Public Schools Grade A+
Good for Families Grade A+
State Indiana
Place Geist
Population 9,845
Median Home Value $338,652
Housing Grade A+
Cost of Living Grade A-
Public Schools Grade B-
Good for Families Grade A
State Iowa
Place Waukee
Population 17,980
Median Home Value $211,100
Housing Grade A+
Cost of Living Grade B+
Public Schools Grade A+
Good for Families Grade A+
State Kansas
Place Sylvan Grove
Population 2,071
Median Home Value $225,450
Housing Grade A+
Cost of Living Grade A-
Public Schools Grade A
Good for Families Grade A+
State Kentucky
Place Crestwood
Population 4,840
Median Home Value $262,800
Housing Grade A
Cost of Living Grade B+
Public Schools Grade A
Good for Families Grade A+
State Louisiana
Place Prien
Population 7,864
Median Home Value $210,700
Housing Grade A+
Cost of Living Grade A-
Public Schools Grade B
Good for Families Grade A-
State Maine
Population 1,030
Median Home Value $329,500
Housing Grade A-
Cost of Living Grade C+
Public Schools Grade A-
Good for Families Grade A-
State Maryland
Place Locust Point
Population 3,091
Median Home Value $310,086
Housing Grade A
Cost of Living Grade B-
Public Schools Grade C-
Good for Families Grade A-
State Massachusetts
Place Pelham
Population 1,277
Median Home Value $328,100
Housing Grade A-
Cost of Living Grade C
Public Schools Grade A+
Good for Families Grade A+
State Michigan
Place Eastgate
Population 9,462
Median Home Value $225,735
Housing Grade A+
Cost of Living Grade A-
Public Schools Grade B-
Good for Families Grade A+
State Minnesota
Place Page
Population 2,147
Median Home Value $380,898
Housing Grade A+
Cost of Living Grade A-
Public Schools Grade B
Good for Families Grade A+
State Mississippi
Place Cleary
Population 1,305
Median Home Value $118,200
Housing Grade A
Cost of Living Grade A
Public Schools Grade B+
Good for Families Grade B+
State Missouri
Population 44,188
Median Home Value $236,458
Housing Grade A+
Cost of Living Grade A-
Public Schools Grade A
Good for Families Grade A+
State Montana
Place Four Corners
Population 4,051
Median Home Value $332,800
Housing Grade A-
Cost of Living Grade C+
Public Schools Grade A+
Good for Families Grade A
State Nebraska
Place Aurora
Population 4,469
Median Home Value $130,500
Housing Grade A
Cost of Living Grade A
Public Schools Grade A-
Good for Families Grade A-
State Nevada
Population 3,113
Median Home Value $138,000
Housing Grade A+
Cost of Living Grade A-
Public Schools Grade B-
Good for Families Grade B
State New Hampshire
Place Brookline
Population 5,190
Median Home Value $317,200
Housing Grade B+
Cost of Living Grade C+
Public Schools Grade A+
Good for Families Grade A+
State New Jersey
Population 2,427
Median Home Value $517,600
Housing Grade A
Cost of Living Grade B-
Public Schools Grade A+
Good for Families Grade A+
State New Mexico
Place Los Alamos
Population 12,035
Median Home Value $291,800
Housing Grade A+
Cost of Living Grade B-
Public Schools Grade A+
Good for Families Grade A+
State New York
Place Chappaqua
Population 1,298
Median Home Value $602,500
Housing Grade A+
Cost of Living Grade C+
Public Schools Grade A+
Good for Families Grade A+
State North Carolina
Population 11,582
Median Home Value $376,941
Housing Grade A+
Cost of Living Grade B+
Public Schools Grade A+
Good for Families Grade A+
State North Dakota
Place Rose Creek
Population 2,195
Median Home Value $288,500
Housing Grade A+
Cost of Living Grade A-
Public Schools Grade A
Good for Families Grade A+
State Ohio
Place Minster
Population 2,976
Median Home Value $172,200
Housing Grade A+
Cost of Living Grade A-
Public Schools Grade A
Good for Families Grade A+
State Oklahoma
Place McCord
Population 1,606
Median Home Value $107,800
Housing Grade A+
Cost of Living Grade A
Public Schools Grade A+
Good for Families Grade A-
State Oregon
Population 3,808
Median Home Value $530,000
Housing Grade A
Cost of Living Grade C+
Public Schools Grade A
Good for Families Grade A+
State Pennsylvania
Population 1,154
Median Home Value $299,100
Housing Grade A+
Cost of Living Grade B
Public Schools Grade A+
Good for Families Grade A+
State Rhode Island
Place Ashaway
Population 1,118
Median Home Value $229,500
Housing Grade B+
Cost of Living Grade B-
Public Schools Grade A-
Good for Families Grade B
State South Carolina
Place Stateburg
Population 1,778
Median Home Value $181,100
Housing Grade A
Cost of Living Grade B+
Public Schools Grade C+
Good for Families Grade B+
State South Dakota
Place Brandon
Population 9,731
Median Home Value $198,300
Housing Grade A
Cost of Living Grade A-
Public Schools Grade A+
Good for Families Grade A+
State Tennessee
Place Green Hill
Population 7,117
Median Home Value $218,400
Housing Grade A
Cost of Living Grade B+
Public Schools Grade A
Good for Families Grade A
State Texas
Population 4,114
Median Home Value $346,091
Housing Grade A+
Cost of Living Grade B+
Public Schools Grade A+
Good for Families Grade A+
State Utah
Population 3,143
Median Home Value $390,695
Housing Grade A
Cost of Living Grade C+
Public Schools Grade B+
Good for Families Grade A
State Vermont
Place Jericho
Population 5,055
Median Home Value $303,600
Housing Grade B+
Cost of Living Grade C+
Public Schools Grade A
Good for Families Grade A
State Virginia
Population 2,712
Median Home Value $859,092
Housing Grade A+
Cost of Living Grade B-
Public Schools Grade A+
Good for Families Grade A+
State Washington
Population 3,606
Median Home Value $828,439
Housing Grade A+
Cost of Living Grade B-
Public Schools Grade A+
Good for Families Grade A+
State West Virginia
Place Brookhaven
Population 5,467
Median Home Value $197,400
Housing Grade A+
Cost of Living Grade A-
Public Schools Grade A
Good for Families Grade A
State Wisconsin
Place Elm Grove
Population 6,127
Median Home Value $360,800
Housing Grade A
Cost of Living Grade B
Public Schools Grade A+
Good for Families Grade A+
State Wyoming
Place Worland
Population 5,310
Median Home Value $137,800
Housing Grade A-
Cost of Living Grade B+
Public Schools Grade B
Good for Families Grade B
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Author: Ali Trachta

Ali is the Content Writer/Editor at Niche. She's a content strategist and award-winning writer, as well as a former editor at LA Weekly and NEXTpittsburgh. As a mom of one who's lived and worked all across the country, she's glad to have once again found her niche in her hometown of Pittsburgh.