2017 Best Suburbs to Buy a House in America

Explore the best suburbs 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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    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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    • 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 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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    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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    • 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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    Franklin Park

    • Suburb of Pittsburgh, PA
    • 38 reviews
    Current Resident:Wonderful area. Very safe, diverse, and calming. Great public school district, and good opportunities for student age people to get involved in the community
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    Indiana Township

    • Suburb of Pittsburgh, PA
    • 20 reviews
    Niche User:Like I said before, I live in the suburbs. The most crime that has ever happened was a string of eggings on Halloween and the one time my neighbor got arrested on Christmas.
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    Warson Woods

    • Suburb of St. Louis, MO
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    • Suburb of Detroit, MI
    • 22 reviews
    Current Resident:Northville is a beautiful walkable community with plenty of grocery stores, specialty markets, and the downtown area has nice stores for shopping. The schools and education is top notch and prepares students to be successful leaders. Northville lacks diversity, but is a family friendly community, that is safe.
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    • Suburb in Kansas
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    • Suburb of Austin, TX
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    El Lago

    • Suburb of Houston, TX
    • 10 reviews
    Niche User:I would choose to grow up here as a child though I would not choose to remain here through my adult life. The atmosphere is charming and there are opportunities for every age to go out and enjoy their community. This area is a small town atmosphere so, over time, you come to know your neighbors. NASA's proximity adds a scientific culture that would otherwise not be found in this small type of security city. Small town feel in a tourist community.
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    • Suburb of Des Moines, IA
    • 16 reviews
    Current Resident:We love the small-town feel of Johnston, while appreciating all the benefits and services it offers. We walk to the post office, bank, grocery store, and (a longer walk) to the library. There are great parks and lots of casual dining options close by. The schools are among the top in the state, and we have a new fire/police department. My only concern is the number of apartments going in right now - although I suppose that may be a positive for some folks looking to move in.
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    Grosse Pointe Woods

    • Suburb of Detroit, MI
    • 20 reviews
    Current Resident:I just recently moved to Grosse Pointe Woods, but have worked here for the past year and a half. I enjoy the community and the area feels very safe and well maintained.
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    • Suburb of Nashville, TN
    • 26 reviews
    Former Resident:Nolensville is a great community. The schools are great and the community is great for families. There is a lot of economy growing and construction isn't too intrusive on daily life or traffic.
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    Leet Township

    • Suburb of Pittsburgh, PA
    • 8 reviews
    Niche User:The Pittsburgh area is absolutely incredible. My time in Leet Township has been pretty good, but living in the city for school has definitely changed my life for the better.
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    Forest Hills

    • Suburb of Grand Rapids, MI
    • 73 reviews
    Current Resident:I am currently a senior at Forest Hills Northern and have lived in Forest Hills all my life. Throughout my life, I have been thankful to live a happy healthy life. One of the reasons why I believe I was able to do this is because of the community I live in. Forest Hills is a very diverse, family-friendly community. Crime is very low, and it is very ideal to raise a family in. Throughout the community, they provide many different types of housing for all types of families. Neighborhoods are diverse and friendly, welcoming all new neighbors. Not only is it a safe community, but provides one of the best public schools in Michigan, which I am currently enrolled at. Overall, I would recommend living in Forest Hills, especially to younger families looking for a safe and welcoming community.
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    • Suburb of Cincinnati, OH
    • 15 reviews
    Niche User:Where I lived, the people were really kind and generous and so very welcoming when my family moved in. The school district was rated excellent every year by the state and I didn't see it changing any time soon. My high school, Turpin High School, won the silver award for being one of the highest ranked schools in the nation. Children definitely receive a high quality of education in a safe and inviting environment. There was also very many choices for entertainment and fun things to do. My family personally loved to go to the Reds games and I loved to go to Newport and look around and visit the aquarium. There were many safe and beautiful parks and many fun school events. There were also many opportunities to give back to the community and serve others which I absolutely loved. I am very grateful that I grew up in Anderson township. I always felt safe and at home and happy. I received an excellent education that is helping me now through college. I would do it all over and move to Anderson with my family if I got the chance. The future only looks brighter.
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    Tega Cay

    • Suburb in South Carolina
    • 16 reviews
    Niche User:The area is beautiful and clean. The price of living is relatively cheap and gas prices are low! There is a lot of construction, so traffic is bad, but it is because Fort Mill is a growing area.
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    • Suburb in Kansas
    • 1 review