2016 Best Places to Buy a House in America

Explore the best places 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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    • Suburb of Philadelphia, PA
    • 42 reviews
    Parent:The prevalence of crime in my area is pretty low. There definitely is some crime but when there is, it is usually small crimes like vandalism or trespassing. Rarely will there ever be crimes along the lines of murder
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    9 Township

    • Town in Arkansas
    • 2 reviews
    Niche User:My small country town ha drastically increased in both population and way of life over the past decade. By being employed for my local Visitors Bureau, I am able to watch my town flourish and thrive with the new business and life this now big town in a small city has created.
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    • Suburb of Philadelphia, PA
    • 7 reviews
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    • Town in Arkansas
    • 81 reviews
    Niche User:I absolutely love living in Northwest Arkansas! Its a forever expanding town with wonderful, happy people! The town is big enough to have a new experience once in a while bit is also small enough to know and recognize several people as close friends and neighbors! I love how involved our community is. We have our annual First Friday and Farmers markets. And we also have our 5k run for adults and the kids, and of course our Benton County Fair and Tontitown Grape Festival. I just recentely graduated from high school and I can honestly say that I had and STILL have the best educational opportunities a student can get. NWA is my home and it will always stay that way. I don't think theres anywhere else quite like it.
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    McCandless Township

    • Suburb of Pittsburgh, PA
    • 48 reviews
    Niche User:Opportunity abounds when you live in the North Hills of Pittsburgh. Downtown is a mere 20 minutes away and with that you are connected to all that it has to offer- sports(Pirates, Steelers, Penguins), cultural opportunities (The Strip District, The Benedum Theatre, Wood Street Galleries), and great outdoor spaces (Point State Park, The Riverwalk, Schenley Park). If you're not looking to go into town, no problem- there is plenty to do in the North Hills! There are a number of nationally top-ranking public school districts, private schools of different faiths, and churches and worship facilities. Also there are tons of shopping malls, stores, shops, etc. But my favorite thing about living in the North Hills is North Park Lake, a 5 minute drive from my house. I have spent countless hours fishing, kayaking, canoeing, and paddle boarding on the Lake. Around the Lake is a 5 mile paved trail to run, walk, or ride bikes in addition to countless pavilions for picnicking and parks to play at. North Park is also home to miles of wooded trails for hiking, mountain biking, or trail running. North Park also has an Olympic sized swimming pool where many cool off after a long bike ride or jog around the Lake.
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    Leet Township

    • Suburb of Pittsburgh, PA
    • 8 reviews
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    • Suburb of Indianapolis, IN
    • 246 reviews
    Niche User:The community life here is amazing. I could not imagine something better. Everybody is very friendly, and like to help each other. People live here there whole life, because there is so much to offer in our community. It is very excepting of pets. People run all the time with their dogs on the paved biking paths. Every year there is a great big festival for the 4th of July, and that allows the people to get involved in helping set up, and just going out for the night and having fun, and meeting new people.
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    • Town in Alabama
    • 119 reviews
    Niche User:I constantly brag about the area. The average person is kind and intelligent, job opportunities are good, and the cost of living is pretty good.
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    • Town in Indiana
    • 157 reviews
    Niche User:If I could do it all over again I would live in downtown Carmel and out of the suburbs, although growing up there as a kid was great--I felt very safe and had wonderful neighbors. I would have liked to have been closer to the arts and design district and monon trail however. My siblings and I always had jobs right off the trail and it would have been great to bike to.
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    Kings Mills

    • Suburb of Cincinnati, OH
    • 2 reviews
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    • Suburb of Austin, TX
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    • Suburb in Kansas
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    • Suburb in Kansas
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    Middlesex Township

    • Town in Pennsylvania
    • 2 reviews
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    • Suburb of Des Moines, IA
    • 10 reviews
    Niche User:Waukee is a growing city with an amazing populace. I wouldn't live anywhere else as a teen and as an adult I think it is a great place to have kids. There's a lot of peace. If you're looking for fun, Des Moines is ten to fifteen minutes out.
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    Oak Grove

    • Suburb in Virginia
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    Newcomb Township

    • Suburb of Little Rock, AR
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    • Town in Arkansas
    • 22 reviews
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    Penn Township

    • Town in Iowa
    • 3 reviews
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    North Liberty

    • Town in Iowa
    • 32 reviews
    Parent:North Liberty is so close to Coralville and Iowa City, we're part of their communities, too, and have access to their events as well as our own.
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    • Suburb of Pittsburgh, PA
    • 3 reviews
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    Bradford Woods

    • Suburb of Pittsburgh, PA
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    Franklin Park

    • Suburb of Pittsburgh, PA
    • 38 reviews
    Niche User:Our neighborhood is very friendly and everyone for the most part gets along well. The neighborhood has parties together, meets up at the pool, and car-pools. Very friendly
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    • Suburb of Columbus, OH
    • 12 reviews
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    Indiana Township

    • Suburb of Pittsburgh, PA
    • 20 reviews