2016 Best Cities to Buy a House in America

Explore the best cities to buy a house based on home values, property taxes, home ownership rates, housing costs, and real estate trends. Ranking based on data from the U.S. Census, FBI, Zillow, and other data sources.

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    Overland Park

    • City in Kansas
    • 245 reviews
    Niche User:The schools in this area are great and have helped me with University so much. I felt very prepared for college and am glad I had the opportunity to attend such a great school. The general atmosphere is very nice. People are friendly, there is lots to do, and tons of restaurant options.
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    Plano

    • City in Texas
    • 484 reviews
    Niche User:I've lived here my whole life, and can't recall any crimes occurring in my neighborhood, and have only read or heard about a few robberies in the surrounding areas.
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    Rochester

    • City in Minnesota
    • 112 reviews
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    Richardson

    • City in Texas
    • 137 reviews
    Niche User:The atmosphere is perfect. I met many great neighbors that are willing to help each other whenever someone needs help. I feel safe within my house knowing that we are protected by the police department a few blocks away.
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    The Woodlands

    • City in Texas
    • 224 reviews
    Niche User:This place is great to settle down and raise a family in. I think that most people who leave do so because of work. Some neighborhoods are very close and have regular block parties, and others are the opposite. It's just the luck of the draw with the sense of "community" in a specific neighborhood.
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    Round Rock

    • City in Texas
    • 161 reviews
    Niche User:The neighbors are wonderful and the area is great for kids. Multiple parks for the kids throughout neighborhood and a nice community pools for all ages.
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    Columbia

    • City in Maryland
    • 170 reviews
    Niche User:I love the education system here in the area, as well as the sense of community that everyone has where we all seem to understand each other.
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    Naperville

    • City in Illinois
    • 388 reviews
    Niche User:I would definitely choose to live in Naperville, IL again. This suburb is an amazing place to grow up in, no where in Naperville is run down, almost every neighborhood is well kept. Stores, shops, restaurants and movie theaters are all close by. Downtown Naperville is a gorgeous area with everything you could imagine, nail places, boutiques, food places, book stores, antique stores and many more. Their school system is also impeccable, my high school has a Grammy award for education and it is a Blue Ribbon school. All of the high schools around me are fantastic as well. This town is a fantastic family oriented place to live and an amazing place to raise children.
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    Ann Arbor

    • City in Michigan
    • 223 reviews
    Niche User:I live on a college campus in Ann Arbor and the area is great. There are seemingly endless choices of things to do and places to go, and every time you walk around town you notice something new. The campus is great and the area surrounding the campus is just as beautiful and enjoyable.
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    Cedar Rapids

    • City in Iowa
    • 232 reviews
    Niche User:It is an area that has things to do that a big city would, yet it has more of a small town feel. There is a wide range of activities available and people to experience in a small mileage radius.
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    Arlington

    • City in Virginia
    • 34 reviews
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    Sioux Falls

    • City in South Dakota
    • 302 reviews
    Niche User:When my family moved to Sioux Falls, it was very different than anywhere else we had lived. It was clean and nice and had lovely people. Beautiful area to live in, with plenty of nice places around to spend time.
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    Lincoln

    • City in Nebraska
    • 460 reviews
    Niche User:There isn't a lot of major crime in Lincoln, in fact there has only been 1 homicide this entire year in our city which is pretty remarkable compared to cities close by like Omaha
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    Bellevue

    • City in Washington
    • 16 reviews
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    Boise

    • City in Idaho
    • 130 reviews
    Niche User:Idaho is a very friendly place. You can smile at anyone and they'll give you a smile, a friendly head nod, or a friendly hello. Its a great place to raise a family and enjoy both the indoor and the out door anytime of they year!
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    Wichita Falls

    • City in Texas
    • 173 reviews
    Niche User:Wichita Falls is the home for many students who attend Midwestern State University. It is a very community involve town, everyone is really friendly and welcoming.
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    Midland

    • City in Texas
    • 156 reviews
    Niche User:Crime has always been under control in my area. Midland has always been more conservative. Crime seems to be the least of everyone's problem
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    Cambridge

    • City in Massachusetts
    • 10 reviews
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    Columbia

    • City in Missouri
    • 255 reviews
    Niche User:It depends on who you are as a person. Columbia is a college town (University of Missouri) and if you like a college, young atmosphere, Columbia is great. Also, if you are an artsy person (like films and festivals) Columbia is great.
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    Huntsville

    • City in Alabama
    • 398 reviews
    Niche User:My neighbors are all looking out for each other. All the kids grew up together, and some still play in the street and each other's yards. I enjoy going to High School events, as I am in Grissom's SGA, and get free tickets to them. The Von Braun Center always has something going on, whether it's a play, or a circus act. The city also built an outdoor skating rink this winter to bring more people downtown. I enjoy all the events and people's involvement in this city.
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    Amarillo

    • City in Texas
    • 274 reviews
    Niche User:It's a nice place for families. Very affordable for college students and new families. Not very much attractions, but the attractions that are present are fun and amusing for children.
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    Wichita

    • City in Kansas
    • 490 reviews
    Niche User:The overall experience of Wichita is very friendly and welcoming. The general atmosphere is very relaxing and calm. This city is a great, friendly-family city; once I grow older and have a family I would definitely move back and live here.This city compared to everywhere else in the country may be a bit small and after awhile you might not have much to do because you have experienced everything, you might think the city is a bit boring after a couple years.In the future, I believe that Wichita will grow and the city will have more shops and restaurants for more families to attend. This city is great as it is but it will grow into something greater in the future!
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    Odessa

    • City in Texas
    • 161 reviews
    Niche User:There is great food, people here in west Texas are so nice, and I would never want to leave Texas! I might want to move out of this town to a bigger town in Texas once I get my degree but I love Texas!
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    Abilene

    • City in Texas
    • 231 reviews
    Niche User:I love my neighborhood!! I live in a very well established area towards the edge of town. We are close to our neighbors, take care of our homes and our yards. The neighborhood is quiet and close-knit. I genuinely would not want to live in another area in town.
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    Irving

    • City in Texas
    • 450 reviews
    Niche User:I have yet to encounter any real issues of crime or safety. There have been a few bar fights, but that was quickly handled by the employees and local police. The police station is right in the center of the area and are always visible. It is more likely to see 1-2 police vehicles throughout your outings than not. They do not harass locals for minial issues, such as not crossing the street at a cross-walk. They are out more during evening hours and during the time school is starting and being let out.
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