2017 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, and other data sources.

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Viewing 1-25 of 100
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    Easton Park

    • Neighborhood in Tampa, FL
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    • Neighborhood in Indianapolis, IN
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    • Town in Pennsylvania
    • 12 reviews
    Niche User:The people in this town are very friendly and willing to help. But the town seems to get swallowed up by the college students in it. It seems to be about the only thing this town is known for which to me as a person who grew up here is sad.
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    Grand Hampton

    • Neighborhood in Tampa, FL
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    Bradford Woods

    • Suburb of Pittsburgh, PA
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    East Grand Rapids

    • Suburb of Grand Rapids, MI
    • 16 reviews
    Niche User:There is almost no crime in East Grand Rapids. Sometimes the police wait at certain intersections to give speeding tickets. The police/public safety station is in Gaslight Village, very visible and accessible.
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    North Central

    • Neighborhood in Indianapolis, IN
    • 1 review
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    • Suburb of St. Louis, MO
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    • Suburb of Indianapolis, IN
    • 250 reviews
    Current Resident:This is a very nice and safe area to live. There are many public schools, stores, restaurants, hotels, companies, pretty much everything is close by. Driving downtown during rush hour is the only downfall to living in Fishers!
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    • Town in Pennsylvania
    • 2 reviews
    Current Resident:Lemont is a wonderful place to live and raise a family. It has a small town atmosphere while being close to the larger State College community.
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    Preston Highlands

    • Neighborhood in Dallas, TX
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    • Town in Indiana
    • 169 reviews
    Current Resident:Great schools, friendly neighbors, safe, bike-friendly, kid-friendly, award-winning youth sports programs, many outdoor art festivals and activities. Great place to live!
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    • Suburb of Philadelphia, PA
    • 8 reviews
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    Northaven Park

    • Neighborhood in Dallas, TX
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    Poplar Grove

    • Neighborhood in Indianapolis, IN
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    • Town in Illinois
    • 5 reviews
    Niche User:Dunlap is a very safe place. It has the least amount of crime in the area.
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    • Neighborhood in Indianapolis, IN
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    Kings Mills

    • Suburb of Cincinnati, OH
    • 2 reviews
    Niche User:Quiet area with both many families with school-aged children and retired couples. Near many amusement parks, but not overly tourist-y, though there are plenty of places to eat.
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    New Bethel

    • Neighborhood in Indianapolis, IN
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    White Rock Valley

    • Neighborhood in Dallas, TX
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    • Town in Alabama
    • 120 reviews
    Current Resident:This town is booming. It's growing so fast, we don't know what to do with it! Our community is much more diverse than most in Alabama because of a nearby army base and loads of engineering opportunities.
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    • Suburb of Baton Rouge, LA
    • 68 reviews
    Current Resident:Prairieville, Louisiana is a great city. The city offers plenty of shopping nearby including multiple grocery stores to choose from. There is a neighborhood Walmart less than a mile from my home. The public school system is one of the top in the area and continuing to grow and do better. My one concern is the traffic in this area. There are currently in the process of widening our main highway. It will not be complete for several more years and neighborhoods are continuing to be built making things worse. My concern would be that by the time the expansion is complete it will not be enough.
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    • Suburb of Philadelphia, PA
    • 42 reviews
    Parent:We have never felt unsafe, older children can play outside without worrying about them, police are friendly and very responsive. We have had some break ins recently but that is about it.
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    Grosse Pointe Farms

    • Suburb of Detroit, MI
    • 27 reviews
    Current Resident:This is a wonderful lakefront community that has the feel of a small town. Neighbors still know one another in this tightly knit community. Did you say you needed help, or a cup of milk? Yes, neighbors still care about one another. As a bordering suburb of Detroit, GP Farms remains one of the safest communities in the region, boasting top ranked public schools for both academics and sports. With private access to beautiful Lake St. Clair, via Pier Park, this is the closest to a dream for raising a family. Ten minutes from Downtown Detroit, with a sense of timelessness that Peter Pan would have loved! No shoveling snow from your walk, putting trash to the curb, or bagging leaves, either. GP Farms city services are the best. Lastly, the AAA credit rating makes GP Farms economically responsible for continued, long term success!
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    Shoal Creek Valley

    • Neighborhood in Kansas City, MO
    • 6 reviews
    Niche User:This a fantatstic community and theres proof of that in the growth of homes and businesses that are being built in the arear. The only downside is the amount of traffic can be overwhelming if your not used to city life. This used to be a very quite community but since it has a great school system the growth has exploded here so getting around to do errands can be time consuming. Other than that a wonderful community for growing families.
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