1 Best Cities to Buy a House in America
- City in Texas
Current Resident: I moved to Plano about 6 months ago and have had nothing but great experiences. My area is very diverse with pretty friendly people. The grocery stores seem to have better and fresher food, many more choices for dining out, clean neighborhoods and businesses. I enjoy living here and have heard great things about the surrounding schools for my children for when they enroll soon. I don’t see myself moving anytime soon. If I could change anything it would be to have the valet trash available daily in my apartments. They only have two off days so I’m okay with that. I just don’t have anything negative to say right now. Thanks for this opportunity!
- 279,088 Population
2 Best Cities to Buy a House in America
- City in Kansas
Current Resident: I've lived in the Overland Park, Kansas area for about 4 years now. Overall it's a great area that has a lot to offer. It's close proximity to Kansas City, Missouri allows you easy access to bigger nightlife and large concerts, events, museums, theater, ballet, and more. Overland Park itself is family friendly with great schools. While we do have some diversity, it isn't nearly as diverse as other areas. However, you can still find some great cultural restaurants that reflect the diversity we do have, such as Indian, Ethiopian, Thai, Korean, and even from El Salvador! Cost of living is on the higher end for the KC Metro area and the housing market is very much a seller's one right now as many homes are being sold for over asking price or without stipulations such as inspections, etc. The public parks, libraries, and community centers are all great and well maintained. They all individually have quite a lot to offer.
- 183,775 Population
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- City in Texas
Works Here: Living in the Woodlands and working here was a great experience. Everything is pretty close together, a short drive away. The real estate is getting more expensive, but there are a lot of restaurants and shopping opportunities in the Woodlands and surrounding areas. It's also only 40 minutes from downtown via i45! If coming to live here, a gated community is definitely available, but not needed. Many police are out and about in the Woodlands, and it is a generally very safe community. Public schools are generally very safe, clean, and well-taught as well. Keep in mind the area can be a little pricey. Average cost of a dinner for two is about 25-35$.
- 108,373 Population
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- City in Minnesota
Current Resident: I love Rochester! Personally, I am a big fan of the weather changes and all of the seasons, so I love living in an area where I get to see the leaves change and the snow fall. The downtown area is very pretty and there are resources to many different kinds of people available everywhere. If there was one thing I could change, it would be the amount of activities available to younger people. Adults have the ability to go to bars and restaurants downtown, but students and kids don't have many activities to do. I would like to see more parks, trails, and sport-designated areas around in order to get kids outside and active. Other than that, I love it here!
- 111,396 Population
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- City in Texas
Current Resident: Overall Richardson is a great place to live! many things are changing and being improved around the city. There are only a few things that have changed my perspective of Richardson. I have attended some of the city council meetings and learned that the leaders of this great city are fantastic but do not take into consideration minor details that come with the change, for example they are improving one of the high schools in the districts and did not consider the parking problems that would come with that.
- 108,350 Population
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- City in Illinois
Current Resident: Naperville is an excellent, family friendly city. The schools are top notch with everything in the community is geared towards creating a warm, welcoming environment for new Naperville families as well as Naperville veterans. It is always very safe and I have never felt uncomfortable or out of place even being a young female. There are always community events happening like the Naperville 5K, Ribfest, The Last Fling, or The Chocolate Walk to name a few. There is something for everyone in a community as vast as Naperville. With that, it can be more expensive to live here as the communities are a bit more upscale but there is plenty of affordable housing available. I would not have wanted to grow up anywhere else!
- 145,789 Population
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- City in Texas
Former Resident: Round Rock is an excellent place to raise a family! From top-tier schools to a community that is laden with caring people, Round Rock is by far one of the greatest cities in Texas! I was born in Round Rock, and lived there for 15 years. In the 15 years that I lived in Round Rock, Texas, I can honestly say that the city has everything that a person could ask for. The city is filled with delicious restaurants and various forms of entertainment, such as parks and malls. Whether you are a young single person looking for work, or a person who has a family to raise, Round Rock is by far the greatest city to live in! With that being said, the only thing that I would change about Round Rock is the inclusion of more hiking trails!
- 112,767 Population
8 Best Cities to Buy a House in America
- City in Alabama
Current Resident: I've lived in Huntsville for 13 years, I've seen it grow for over a decade into a large, almost metropolis type area. This is a great place for engineering, computer science, and various other technical type jobs due to attractions and various companies. The economy and population is booming. It's a pretty diverse place and not like most other areas in the South.
There's such a wide variety of restaurants, stores, and places to be! Bridge Street, Providence, and anywhere along Highway 72 from Madison to Huntsville has a plethora of stuff to do and diverse places to eat. Sometimes it's choose just once place to go out.
Huntsville is a much safer place than many other cities I can list and is full of opportunity. Definitely family friendly and has a low cost of living.
I do wish there weren't such a dense population sometimes, it's a very busy area. Sometimes I'd like to see more metropolitan works come up, and see how much the community and city as a whole can grow further.
- 188,973 Population
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- City in Florida
Current Resident: Palm Bay is currently booming not only in terms of the diverse population but because of the opening businesses. Nearby are strip malls, chain restaurants, and (NCG) movie theaters. The south of Pal Bay Florida is greatly increasing in terms of renovations on public schools and new buildings of restaurants and houses being created. The real estate market is also expanding further south of Palm Bay allowing more tourists and visitors to become residents of Florida.
- 106,573 Population
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- City in Iowa
Current Resident: I've lived in Cedar Rapids for my entire life. Although I admittedly haven't explored every nook and cranny, especially because I live on the outer edge of town, several spots stick out to me. We have an OrangeLeaf, a Noodles and Company, and Roscoe's Pizza fairly close to us. The former two are franchises, of course, but the employees and general manager respectively are very helpful and caring. The latter is an independent restaurant, formerly a Tomaso's franchise. Jason there is also very kind and even helped us develop a pizza that featured on the menu once he opened Roscoe's!
- 129,537 Population
11 Best Cities to Buy a House in America
- City in South Dakota
Current Resident: Sioux Falls, SD, is a great town! It isn't too heavily populated with a lot to do. There are seasonal activities such as Great Bear for skiing, snowboarding, and tubing in winter and summer there is Wild Water West water park. Summer events such as Hot Harley Nights, Summer Nights, and the Sioux Falls Fair bring a lot of outdoor activities and concerts for everyone to enjoy. There is also the Falls Park, which the city is named after. It is well lit in the winter with Christmas lights and lights on the falls that change color. There is a large variety of restaurants and fast food places for great food. The Denny Premier Center has frequent concerts and sporting events. If the sport isn't played at the premier center then it is held at the Sanford Pentagon, where a lot of tournaments are also held. If I could change something about Sioux Falls, I would get Uber so one could have a way of getting home after going downtown and drinking.
- 167,884 Population
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- City in Indiana
Current Resident: Fort Wayne is a city with a hometown feel. It is a wonderful place to bring up a family. It has a science museum, botanical gardens, a great children's zoo and many parks and the third best genealogical library in the US. It is also home to some great AA baseball (Tincaps), hockey (Komets) and basketball (Mad Ants) teams. But what makes it unique is it also has two special free programs for kids in the summer found nowhere else, i.e. Wildcat Baseball program that has been going on for over 25 years and Lifetime Sports Academy which teaches golf, tennis and swimming lessons. The kids can even earn their own tennis racket and golf clubs and scholarships!
- 260,954 Population
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- City in Nebraska
Current Resident: There's always something to do in Lincoln no matter who you are. Downtown Lincoln is quite amazing as it's both antique, and modern. Strolls in the Haymarket are a perfect date, and concerts in the Arena are spectacular experiences. Whether it's for you, a small group, or your family, there's definitely an activity everyone will agree on. Year round is full of fun in the outdoors; from swimming to ice skating, or a nice bonfire with s'mores. Or on the rainy days, head to the theaters for a movie, or the Lied center for a performance. Football is a big deal here in Lincoln, NE, and you're bound to see husker red around every corner!
- 273,018 Population
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- City in Maryland
Current Resident: Columbia is very dog-friendly! There are beautiful trails to walk your dog and lots of other dog-people around. It's easy to find an apartment that allows dogs.
Columbia can be a hard place to get to know since there is minimal signage around and some small businesses are tucked away. Once you know the area, of course, you will appreciate the lack of ugly signs. Columbia neighborhoods have a distinctly '70s look and seek to blend in with the natural surroundings (some may like this, others may not).
The schools are very diverse - I went to my nephew's elementary school and in 5 minutes I saw several male teachers, a black teacher, a Latinx teacher, a Muslim teacher, and a range of ages among others. The students are also diverse in both ethnicity and income-level.
- 103,439 Population
15 Best Cities to Buy a House in America
- City in North Carolina
Current Resident: Raleigh is one of the fastest growing cities in America. High tech and information industries are booming, people from all over the country are flocking to NC. We offer great opportunities for all! With beautiful state parks and other natural areas within only a short drive, Raleigh is perfect for those that want to enjoy the outdoors. NC, Raleigh in particular, has some of the nations fast growth in the micro brewery and niche food industry so there a lot to love about this place!
- 441,326 Population
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- City in Oklahoma
Current Resident: Oklahoma City is easy to navigate, has great active things to do, ie: lakes, extensive sidewalks, parks, and safety. We have had a penny sales tax voted on by all the voting public to upgrade nearly every aspect of the City. Libraries, Fairground, Arenas, sidewalks, Senior activity centers, Roads, and the coolest downtown area. We have The Oklahoma River which provides many sports activities. The Pre-Olympic Rowing event takes place here. Many music venues are in the downtown area as well as our NBA, Thunder, team. Another "play" area is located between Oklahoma City and Edmond (popular town that joins OKC on the North). Top Golf, D-Bat, Main-Event, Cabela's Sports Center, and a lot of food options. Come take a look!
- 620,015 Population
17 Best Cities to Buy a House in America
- City in Texas
Current Resident: Amarillo, for the most part is a friendly safe city. Like other places, it has it's ups and downs. For the most part, Amarillo is a safe place to live with a growing economy. Amarillo is expanding in every direction possible, and the opportunities are endless. Our real estate market is growing. Businesses are sprouting and expanding, and our public schools give the children of Amarillo every opportunity to succeed.Whether starting a business, going to school, or making Amarillo the home for your family, Amarillo is an ideal city to thrive in.
- 197,570 Population
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- City in Texas
Current Resident: Abilene is an average-sized city, which makes driving to places quick and easy. There are a fair amount of stores and restaurants, though if you have a specific taste in fashion or food, you may have to shop online or travel elsewhere. You may here people complain that there is nothing to do in Abilene, but they have not been looking close enough! Abilene has many events, such as the monthly Art Walk, which features local art, and Philharmonic events.
- 122,612 Population
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- City in Texas
Current Resident: Odessa is my home. Oilfield, football, family, and fun! A town where everybody knows everybody and are there to lend a helping hand. No town is perfect and if I could change anything it would be to have more activities to do for all ages.
- 114,258 Population
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- City in Texas
Current Resident: Best of the small city with attractions, shopping of a larger city.
Two hours from large cities: Dallas/Ft Worth, Abilene, Oklahoma City
NO TRAFFIC, great highway infrastructure.
Great College: MSU tuition below state average and schools has several outstanding degree plans
Giving, Caring community with strong non-profit network, deep pocketed philanthropic supported
Challenges are Jobs - Getting Better
Recession, Drought, Low Oil Prices in rear view mirror - Community moving forward with focus on leveraging Sheppard AFB, MSU, Downtown, Business Community to build a thriving community!
- 105,013 Population
21 Best Cities to Buy a House in America
- City in Texas
Current Resident: Home sweet home. Everybody knows everybody. Real calm, people are friendly, traffic isn't bad. All my family is here. Nobody can get lost around the city because its not that big. Great job opportunities! Nothing really bad happens around the city it is so safe.
- 320,050 Population
22 Best Cities to Buy a House in America
- City in Kansas
Current Resident: Topeka has several options for many age groups. There are family centered activities as well as singles, young married, and more mature adults through Parks and Rec, the Topeka Public Library, NOTO district, a few bars, some great local restaurants that are always recommended by Topeka residents. Topeka has really stepped up their game and added monthly art walks, food truck rallies, spruced up the downtown curb appeal, and includes many new, fun activities to the calendar. Also, it's in a great location! Topeka is just 45 minutes from Manhattan, 30 minutes from Lawrence, and 1 hour from Kansas City. So, without the big city living, it's just a quick drive to many more adventures like college sporting events, concerts, date nights, and friend outings to keep life interesting.
- 127,472 Population
23 Best Cities to Buy a House in America
- City in Illinois
Current Resident: Springfield is a great city for the Illinois capital. Two hospitals make it a central, busy location for healthcare. Highlights include the children's hospital and SIU med. University of Illinois Springfield allows locals to get a college degree. Lincoln Land Community College is a great resource as well. This family friendly area has many opportunities and activities for kids. These include summer camps, Kidzeum, the zoo, Washington Park etc. This is a great place to live and work and raise a family.
- 116,745 Population
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- City in Kentucky
Current Resident: Lexington is a growing city with beautiful countryside surrounding it. The population is devers and the city itself is quite clean with good schools and a large college population.
The University of Kentucky is in the center of town and the football and basketball team is a statewide favorite and draws in people from all over the state.There are also many technical and vocational schools.
There are a variety of jobs opportunities including factorys,,horsefarms, retail stores, andworld renowned hospitals.
The real estate market is always growing and is successful with beautiful neighborhoods and shopping centers and Lexington has nice parks all throughout the city.
- 311,529 Population
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- City in Nebraska
Current Resident: My experience in Omaha Nebraska has been a pretty good one. I would definitely recommend visit to those who have not yet visited the heartland. It’s definitely underrated and should have more recognition. The citizens of Omaha are diverse and overall pretty friendly!
The only change I would like to see in Omaha would probably be more use of the downtown. It’s very prosperous and holds much potential. With endless possibilities on the horizon, Omaha is definitely a city on the move. Overall the city of Omaha is quite unique and has many amenities to offer.
- 443,072 Population