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The 2019 Top Urban Suburbs in the U.S.

Maybe city living isn’t quite right for you, but you’re not quite cut out for life in the ‘burbs, either. There is a happy medium, and that’s the “urban suburb.”

None of these neighborhoods are technically in any city, but you’d hardly know it. Niche bases its “urban feel” on population density, so don’t expect a lot of elbow room. You’ll probably encounter crowds in these parts. It’s not unlikely you’ll find cool coffee shops, hip restaurants, and maybe even real sidewalks, too!

Check out our list of the most urban suburbs in America below, and find out how much it costs to live there, how good the schools are, and how rough (or not-so-rough!) the daily commute is. Click on the name of any place to find out more.

Rank name Metro Median Home Value Median Rent Commute Grade Housing Market Grade Public Schools Grade
Rank 1
name Clayton
Metro St. Louis Area
Median Home Value $590,800
Median Rent $1,168
Commute Grade A
Housing Market Grade B-
Public Schools Grade A+
Rank 2
Metro Columbus Area
Median Home Value $313,700
Median Rent $1,189
Commute Grade A-
Housing Market Grade A
Public Schools Grade A
Rank 3
name Ardmore
Metro Philadelphia Area
Median Home Value $320,100
Median Rent $1,297
Commute Grade A
Housing Market Grade B+
Public Schools Grade A+
Rank 4
name Brookline
Metro Boston Area
Median Home Value $829,300
Median Rent $2,127
Commute Grade A
Housing Market Grade C+
Public Schools Grade A+
Rank 5
name Arlington
Metro Washington, D.C. Area
Median Home Value $643,300
Median Rent $1,895
Commute Grade A
Housing Market Grade C+
Public Schools Grade A+
Rank 6
Metro Washington, D.C. Area
Median Home Value $550,900
Median Rent $1,868
Commute Grade A-
Housing Market Grade B-
Public Schools Grade A+
Rank 7
name Berkeley
Metro San Francisco Bay Area
Median Home Value $861,800
Median Rent $1,523
Commute Grade A+
Housing Market Grade C+
Public Schools Grade A+
Rank 8
Metro Pittsburgh Area
Median Home Value $244,800
Median Rent $861
Commute Grade A-
Housing Market Grade A
Public Schools Grade A+
Rank 9
name Bexley
Metro Columbus Area
Median Home Value $328,300
Median Rent $938
Commute Grade A
Housing Market Grade A
Public Schools Grade A+
Rank 10
Metro Milwaukee Area
Median Home Value $365,500
Median Rent $1,238
Commute Grade A
Housing Market Grade A
Public Schools Grade A+
Rank 11
Metro Los Angeles Area
Median Home Value $1,168,500
Median Rent $1,669
Commute Grade A
Housing Market Grade C
Public Schools Grade A+
Rank 12
name Albany
Metro San Francisco Bay Area
Median Home Value $766,000
Median Rent $1,739
Commute Grade A
Housing Market Grade C+
Public Schools Grade A+
Rank 13
Metro San Francisco Bay Area
Median Home Value $1,079,900
Median Rent $2,103
Commute Grade A
Housing Market Grade B-
Public Schools Grade A+
Rank 14
Metro New York City Area
Median Home Value $892,700
Median Rent N/A
Commute Grade B+
Housing Market Grade C+
Public Schools Grade A+
Rank 15
name Evanston
Metro Chicago Area
Median Home Value $367,300
Median Rent $1,296
Commute Grade A
Housing Market Grade B-
Public Schools Grade A+
Rank 16
Metro Los Angeles Area
Median Home Value $1,694,900
Median Rent $2,393
Commute Grade B+
Housing Market Grade B-
Public Schools Grade A+
Rank 17
name Cambridge
Metro Boston Area
Median Home Value $670,200
Median Rent $1,880
Commute Grade A+
Housing Market Grade C+
Public Schools Grade A+
Rank 18
name Oak Park
Metro Chicago Area
Median Home Value $370,400
Median Rent $1,102
Commute Grade A-
Housing Market Grade B
Public Schools Grade A+
Rank 19
name Merrifield
Metro Washington, D.C. Area
Median Home Value $483,500
Median Rent $1,951
Commute Grade A-
Housing Market Grade B
Public Schools Grade A
Rank 20
Metro Dallas-Fort Worth Area
Median Home Value $1,193,800
Median Rent $1,834
Commute Grade A-
Housing Market Grade B
Public Schools Grade A+
Rank 21
name Narberth
Metro Philadelphia Area
Median Home Value $442,500
Median Rent $1,403
Commute Grade A
Housing Market Grade B+
Public Schools Grade A+
Rank 22
Metro Washington, D.C. Area
Median Home Value $425,300
Median Rent $1,334
Commute Grade B+
Housing Market Grade B
Public Schools Grade A
Rank 23
name Shorewood
Metro Milwaukee Area
Median Home Value $330,800
Median Rent $948
Commute Grade A
Housing Market Grade B
Public Schools Grade A+
Rank 24
name McNair
Metro Washington, D.C. Area
Median Home Value $420,700
Median Rent $1,833
Commute Grade B+
Housing Market Grade B
Public Schools Grade A-
Rank 25
Metro New York City Area
Median Home Value $338,900
Median Rent $1,839
Commute Grade A-
Housing Market Grade B-
Public Schools Grade A+
Rank 26
name La Grange
Metro Chicago Area
Median Home Value $463,100
Median Rent $1,179
Commute Grade A-
Housing Market Grade B+
Public Schools Grade A+
Rank 27
name Lauderdale
Metro Minneapolis-St. Paul Area
Median Home Value $175,500
Median Rent $904
Commute Grade A
Housing Market Grade B+
Public Schools Grade A-
Rank 28
Metro Buffalo Area
Median Home Value $137,200
Median Rent $837
Commute Grade A
Housing Market Grade A-
Public Schools Grade A
Rank 29
Metro Los Angeles Area
Median Home Value $1,220,500
Median Rent $2,035
Commute Grade B+
Housing Market Grade C
Public Schools Grade A
Rank 30
Metro San Francisco Bay Area
Median Home Value $1,862,500
Median Rent $2,775
Commute Grade A
Housing Market Grade B-
Public Schools Grade A+
Rank 31
Metro Washington, D.C. Area
Median Home Value $544,200
Median Rent $1,141
Commute Grade A-
Housing Market Grade B-
Public Schools Grade A+
Rank 32
name Bronxville
Metro New York City Area
Median Home Value $1,077,200
Median Rent $2,745
Commute Grade B+
Housing Market Grade B+
Public Schools Grade A+
Rank 33
name Idylwood
Metro Washington, D.C. Area
Median Home Value $520,300
Median Rent $1,716
Commute Grade A-
Housing Market Grade B-
Public Schools Grade A+
Rank 34
name Belmont
Metro Boston Area
Median Home Value $759,500
Median Rent $1,802
Commute Grade A-
Housing Market Grade B-
Public Schools Grade A+
Rank 35
Metro Chicago Area
Median Home Value $333,700
Median Rent $1,113
Commute Grade B+
Housing Market Grade A-
Public Schools Grade A+
Rank 36
name Piedmont
Metro San Francisco Bay Area
Median Home Value $1,715,700
Median Rent $2,929
Commute Grade A-
Housing Market Grade B-
Public Schools Grade A+
Rank 37
Metro New York City Area
Median Home Value $641,000
Median Rent $1,478
Commute Grade B+
Housing Market Grade C+
Public Schools Grade A+
Rank 38
name Hartsdale
Metro New York City Area
Median Home Value $246,700
Median Rent $1,735
Commute Grade A-
Housing Market Grade B-
Public Schools Grade A
Rank 39
name Thomaston
Metro New York City Area
Median Home Value $809,700
Median Rent $1,988
Commute Grade B
Housing Market Grade C+
Public Schools Grade A+
Rank 40
name Fair Oaks
Metro Washington, D.C. Area
Median Home Value $452,100
Median Rent $1,893
Commute Grade B+
Housing Market Grade B
Public Schools Grade A+
Rank 41
name Davis
Metro Sacramento Area
Median Home Value $594,000
Median Rent $1,377
Commute Grade A+
Housing Market Grade C+
Public Schools Grade A+
Rank 42
Metro New York City Area
Median Home Value $360,000
Median Rent $1,376
Commute Grade A
Housing Market Grade C+
Public Schools Grade A
Rank 43
Metro Los Angeles Area
Median Home Value $928,500
Median Rent $1,556
Commute Grade A-
Housing Market Grade C+
Public Schools Grade A+
Rank 44
name Burlingame
Metro San Francisco Bay Area
Median Home Value $1,591,600
Median Rent $1,961
Commute Grade B+
Housing Market Grade C+
Public Schools Grade A+
Rank 45
name Arlington
Metro Boston Area
Median Home Value $577,600
Median Rent $1,593
Commute Grade A-
Housing Market Grade B-
Public Schools Grade A+
Rank 46
name Berkley
Metro Detroit Area
Median Home Value $172,800
Median Rent $1,067
Commute Grade A-
Housing Market Grade A
Public Schools Grade A
Rank 47
name Herricks
Metro New York City Area
Median Home Value $620,600
Median Rent $3,250
Commute Grade B+
Housing Market Grade B
Public Schools Grade A+
Rank 48
name Kingstowne
Metro Washington, D.C. Area
Median Home Value $459,100
Median Rent $2,049
Commute Grade B+
Housing Market Grade B
Public Schools Grade B+
Rank 49
Metro New York City Area
Median Home Value $443,500
Median Rent $1,261
Commute Grade B+
Housing Market Grade C+
Public Schools Grade A
Rank 50
Metro Denver Area
Median Home Value $559,900
Median Rent $1,394
Commute Grade A-
Housing Market Grade B-
Public Schools Grade A
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Author: Ali Trachta

Ali is the former 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.