#1 Best Cities to Buy a House in America
- City in Kansas
- 416 reviews
Current Resident: Overland Park is a great suburb of Kansas City. It has a terrific family atmosphere. There are plenty of places to eat and shop. OP also has great sports facilities including a world class youth soccer complex as well as several top notch sports academies. Sitting just 15 minutes outside of Kansas City, Overland Park also has access to world-class performing arts, KC Royals, KC Chiefs, the College Basketball Experience including the entertainment district Power & Light, Country Club Plaza, Crown Center (Hallmark), and much more. Of course being the BBQ capital of the nation we also are close to KC Joe's, Hayward's, Jack Stack, Gates and more!
- 188,687 Population
#2 Best Cities to Buy a House in America
- City in Minnesota
- 238 reviews
Current Resident: Beautiful city. People are extremely friendly and eager to help. Lots of jobs available, and lots to do. There is always something to do, and the library is amazing! Lots of community events going, including a year-long farmer's market (this surprised me when I moved here; I didn't know that was possible). Wonderful place to live.
- 113,913 Population
#3 Best Cities to Buy a House in America
- City in Texas
- 412 reviews
Current Resident: We have lived all over (San Diego, DC, Chicago, Dallas, San Antonio, Jacksonville). The Woodlands is great, especially if you have a family. Great schools. Good people. Very safe! Clean. The Woodlands and its various villages are spread out in both Montgomery County and Harris County. The newest homes are in Creekside/Harris County and they range from $350K to $1.3+ million. Creekside is associated with Tomball ISD, which is a solid school system and less Beverly Hills 90210 and without the mega 1,500 student high school senior class that you see in Conroe ISD/older sections of The Woodlands. There are mega rich sections of The Woodlands in Montgomery Co. near Hughes Landing, but several older sections too with average, but aging housing. Montgomery Co. courts are MUCH tougher on criminals than Harris County and criminals know that, BUT Constable Precinct 4 has the paid contract to patrol Creekside so the police service is outstanding and dedicated to patrolling the area.
- 109,843 Population
#4 Best Cities to Buy a House in America
- City in Texas
- 841 reviews
Current Resident: Plano, Tx is a Great Place to raise a family! People are very friendly and clean. I love parks and malls that surround Plano. Downtown Plano has a lot to offer for the nightlife; amazing spots to eat, walk and beautiful urban sightseeings are available as well. Plano is a quiet place to raise a family, they provide good public education, friendly environment, good food. One thing Plano lacks is diversity, which is getting better now. People are always involved in some activities, walking their dogs, jogging and most importantly they are active on neighborhood safety. Homeowners get together to keep the area safe(night-watch). Overall Plano is the best place to make long-lasting memories with your family and friends, I know I did!
- 284,579 Population
#5 Best Cities to Buy a House in America
- City in Illinois
- 622 reviews
Current Resident: Naperville is a nice town to grow up in! It's big enough where there are a lot of things to do but small enough that you get to know a lot of it's residents and make good connections with people. Unfortunately, the one thing that Naperville lacks is diversity. It has increased it's minority population within the last couple of years but it still lacks the ability to include all those people and make it feel like a more inclusive community
- 147,411 Population
#6 Best Cities to Buy a House in America
- City in Texas
- 286 reviews
Current Resident: Living in Richardson has been a thrill for the past several months. Not only do I feel safe in my home, there are plenty of parks and trails nearby to take my dog on a walk. While I am not too big into nightlife so it's not a concern, there is not a 'hit spot in town', but we are only a 20 minute drive to Dallas! While my commute is only 4 miles, I cannot explain how light the traffic is, even on Monday mornings or Friday evenings!
- 114,402 Population
#7 Best Cities to Buy a House in America
- City in Florida
- 390 reviews
Current Resident: I love Palm Bay! I’ve lived here my whole life and love the houses, schools, and everything all around. Mostly older people living here but people are great! Like every city some parts are lowlifes, but not all of Palm Bay is like that. I live close to Bayside Lakes and it’s so lovely. City is amazing
- 110,271 Population
#8 Best Cities to Buy a House in America
- City in Texas
- 365 reviews
Current Resident: I loved growing up in Round Rock. My parents chose to live here because the schools are good, it has a low crime rate and the cost of living is reasonable. Outdoor recreation is abundant such as boating, biking, running, fishing, hiking, swimming, outdoor theater and many, many others. There are lots of historic sites. The Chisholm Trail runs right through the center of town. The Sam Bass cemetery contains graves of people born before the American Revolution. Round Rock has the feel of a small town with easy access to larger cities. Round Rock is about 23 miles north of Austin proper. The food here is the best! Everyone knows about Texas barbecue; no food anywhere can even compare. The weather is fantastic, with Round Rock boasting about 300 days of sunshine per year. The people are friendly and there is a strong sense of community. All in all, Round Rock is a great place to live.
- 120,157 Population
#9 Best Cities to Buy a House in America
- City in Alabama
- 705 reviews
Current Resident: Huntsville is without a doubt one of the most safe, fast-growing, and friendly cities in the country. Corporations like engineer-generating NASA and security-enforcing Redstone Arsenal are located right here in Huntsville, promoting impressive technological advancements and safety being of the upmost importance, not to mention the often “Hello!” and friendly wave! The one thing that would enhance Huntsville is more businesses and people living here. The real-estate is fantastic, with low-cost houses, acres of land, safe neighborhoods, academically rated schools and more! If one was to look for an amazing place for friends and family, exciting innovation and academic superiority, an outpouring of creative art, historical sites, beautiful landscapes, farmer-fresh foods, wide-open spaces, crime free zones, and a breath of fresh air, Huntsville is the place to be!
- 193,663 Population
#10 Best Cities to Buy a House in America
- City in South Dakota
- 473 reviews
Current Resident: I like Sioux Falls because it is my home town. I have lived here since I was a year and a half. There are quite a few things to do in Sioux Falls, though some do cost money. The city is becoming bigger and more diverse. If you have children, there are many fun things for you to do with them! There are parks, nature parks (for hiking), fun restaurants, swimming pools, a butterfly house, and many more! It is family-friendly and there are schools all over the city so depending on where you live, there should be a school district you are close to. Some things I would like to see change is the crime rate. I never saw this city as a city full of crime but within the last year, I feel way more has been happening. It is NOT safe to go to Walmart or anywhere by yourself now. I recommend bringing someone else with you. I would like to see less crime happening, but that is something I cannot change personally.
- 174,151 Population
#11 Best Cities to Buy a House in America
- City in North Carolina
- 1,176 reviews
Current Resident: I have really enjoyed my time in Raleigh so far. I moved back to Raleigh after four years in western NC for college, and I had forgotten how much there is to do in the capitol city. Downtown has seen quite a bit of growth in the past few years with the addition of many new businesses, restaurants, nightlife and activities. I recommend Amorino Raleigh for desserts, Sir Walter Raleigh for coffee, Parkside Restaurant for dinner, Just Salad for lunch, North Hills and Cameron Village for shopping, the Red Hat Amphitheater for concerts, Historic Oakwood for a stroll, and Drive Shack for a late-night activity. Between the exceptional pubic schools, diverse communities, range of activities, and the bustling nightlife- there is no place like Raleigh, NC!
- 457,159 Population
#12 Best Cities to Buy a House in America
- City in Maryland
- 366 reviews
Nearby Resident: Columbia, MD is very family friendly and has the conveniences that all families needs such as supermarkets, malls, boutique shops, and restaurants. There are many places that you can enjoy outdoor leisure time and never have to worry about personal safety. The community is diverse and allows people to freely enjoy the secret treasures of this bedroom community. What takes it over the top is that there are options for all -- Walmart, Target, Sam's or Costco. A step further, there is Trader Joe's, Mom's and Whole Foods. One can enjoy reading a book at Barnes and Nobles, or having hot tea at the local IHOP. You can walk, jog or run around the lake, or just sit and enjoy the view. And, do not forget to pamper yourself at any number of the spas, nail shops and salons. And the warmer months allow you to enjoy the sounds of music at Merriweather Post Pavilion, which draws some of the hottest talent and largest crowds! Welcome to Columbia, MD - we are waiting for you...
- 103,663 Population
#13 Best Cities to Buy a House in America
- City in Tennessee
- 555 reviews
Current Resident: There are many great hole-in-the-wall type businesses in Clarksville that are owned by locals that make Clarksville an interesting place. There are high respects for military members, as it is also a military town due to the location of Fort Campbell Army base! Plenty of parks and trails to keep you busy outdoors, and many different types of indoor activities, like laser tag and mini golf, if you're an indoors type of person! We also have many art galleries and the Roxy that put on amazing shows. I would definitely recommend Clarksville as a place for people to visit.
- 150,602 Population
#14 Best Cities to Buy a House in America
- City in Iowa
- 370 reviews
Current Resident: Cedar Rapids is an eclectic place. Regarded as a fairly safe city and surrounding areas, it is a good place for families to reside. There are also several surrounding area schools, so parents have many choices where to send their children to school. Cedar Rapids also has several things to do. Many concerts and events are held at the local U.S. Cellular Center and McGrath Ampatheater all throughout the year, so many to choose from! Local seasonal events are held all throughout the year, such as the farmers market, St. Patricks day parade, Winter parade, and many more. There is always something going on, with many local restaurants, shops, and events, there is something for everyone in Cedar Rapids!
- 131,360 Population
#15 Best Cities to Buy a House in America
- City in Indiana
- 800 reviews
Current Resident: I can't lie, I love this city. It's not where everything's happening, but it's still not off the map. Fort Wayne isn't fast or slow. There are many diverse communities, and growing industrialization. But it's not mandatory! Residents of the Summit City like the speed of Fort Wayne. If not, they'd move to either Indianapolis or Bloomington! There's music, food, festivals, museums, and a TON of history. There are upscale, five-star restaurants, and hole-in-the-wall bars. Raise your kids here. Hide away here. Party here. Vacation here. Fort Wayne isn't just a city, it's a statement. It has cuture.
- 264,052 Population
#16 Best Cities to Buy a House in America
- City in Kentucky
- 784 reviews
Current Resident: Lexington is an amazing city to visit and live in. Coming from a small town in Kentucky, I’m in love with the small town vibe Lexington has. The people are genuine and the food is fantastic. The only thing is this city pretty much revolves around the enormous campus of University of Kentucky, so traffic can get a little messy. All the rolling land and numerous horse farms around the city, though, makes it one of the most beautiful cities to live in. Lexington is also great for outdoor activities, such as cycling!
- 318,734 Population
#17 Best Cities to Buy a House in America
- City in Tennessee
- 512 reviews
Current Resident: Love my city! It keeps growing and growing! It slowly but surely is starting to look like Nashville, less all the nightlife. The traffic jams are incredibly annoying, though, so if you decide to work in Nashville, prepare to leave 2 hours early or else you will be stuck in bottleneck traffic. However, it usually clears pretty quickly but is a long drive. Especially if there happens to be a wreck on the interstate during peak hours, but the local Emergency Services can usually get it cleared quickly. Lots of help and community, as this is right beside the university, Middle Tennessee State.
- 130,968 Population
#18 Best Cities to Buy a House in America
- City in Texas
- 365 reviews
Current Resident: Abilene is a nice town, they have great schools and great teachers. Moderate size, pop. 130,000ish. Lots of hidden gems like coffee shops, new private owned restaurants, specialty bars. And emerging art scene. An amazing community theatre!
- 123,676 Population
#19 Best Cities to Buy a House in America
- City in Nebraska
- 751 reviews
Current Resident: Well I moved to Lincoln my junior year of high school and the school was gigantic! My class had went from 200 some kids in Texas to 500 kids in Lincoln. I was nervous at first, but people were pretty welcoming and talkative, especially when you get involved in activities. Lincoln is a small town, big city feeling. Everyone knows everyone, but Lincoln has many different spots you can go to not feel crowded. Also, I never noticed how active people are in Lincoln. I see people in their 80's running on all the different trails we have here, people are extremely devoted to health and fitness, which was nice to see because my family and I became more aware of ways to be better by being healthy and exercising regularly.
- 280,849 Population
#20 Best Cities to Buy a House in America
- City in Texas
- 440 reviews
Current Resident: I have grown up in Amarillo almost my whole life. Living here is what made me who I am today. I have met so many amazing people throughout the years and plan to make many more. What I have liked about Amarillo so far is the fact that everyone is friendly, for the most part, and are always willing to lend a helping hand. Amarillo also as many natural tourist attractions like Palo Duro Canyon, animal rescues and sanctuaries, and lakes you can visit over the summer months. Amarillo is not always sunshine and rainbows though. Living in Amarillo has helped me understand what it is like living in a rural community and what to stay away from. Some parts of Amarillo are not cleaned up and are fueled with crime, which has taught me to lock my car more often than I should have to. But when I say that I think I speak for most places. Amarillo, for the most part, is a great city filled with adventure and endless opportunities to grow and flourish.
- 198,773 Population
#21 Best Cities to Buy a House in America
- City in Missouri
- 559 reviews
Former Resident: This city has it all! From a vibrant walkable city to the impressive mountain bike trails a short drive away. Nice people with an inclusive, welcoming vibe. No shortage of educational options for children and volunteer options for all. Community is important as well as diversity. Good food is important as well as health and fitness. There are plenty of housing options available at affordable prices! And who can deny the appeal of a city that has 3 championship teams? Royals, Chiefs, and Sporting KC!
- 481,417 Population
#22 Best Cities to Buy a House in America
- City in Texas
- 293 reviews
Current Resident: Wichita Falls is my absolute favorite place to be. The people here are all so friendly and welcoming. Everyone seems like family here! I always get homesick when I'm away from my home city, nothing is like Wichita Falls. It may be a small city. However, with the city not being infested with so many people, I get to actually know the people of my neighborhood, community, and school. Personally, there is nothing more important to me than the communication of the people of one's city and with a city like Wichita Falls, communication is very likely!
- 104,494 Population
#23 Best Cities to Buy a House in America
- City in Michigan
- 504 reviews
Niche User: A sweet and enjoyable small town! Ann Arbor offers everything that you need in your day to day life. The town is filled with restaurants, shops, music venues, fantastic schools, grocery stores and the best farmers market! I really enjoy the small town feel, but it is also nice that we have access to Detroit and if you are up to a big adventure Chicago is only 4 hours away! I am here as a graduate student and I am very glad I chose to come to Ann Arbor. Everyday you will see students, working professionals, and retirees walking around the town, eating at restaurants and truly enjoying life! Also, the ARBORETUM is to die for (trust me, you will want to go see this place). I can definitely see myself raising my kids here one day! DEFINITELY A MUST SEE TOWN!
- 120,641 Population
#24 Best Cities to Buy a House in America
- City in Texas
- 805 reviews
Current Resident: The city is known to be the "Friendly City" or the "Hub." I've been living in Lubbock for about 5 years and I'll tell you why Lubbock is very good. There is NO TRAFFIC! Lubbock is a growing city however it is very peaceful, you rarely hear anything bad in the news and it is a safe city and best for raising families. However, the missing one star is for the reason that there are not many choices of entertainment available and that there is only one mall. But, the city's is growing fast so who knows in the future...
- 250,415 Population
#25 Best Cities to Buy a House in America
- City in Oklahoma
- 1,246 reviews
Current Resident: It’s incredible how much this city has grown since it’s establishment! All the features of any other big city, but is underestimated for some reason. Also not all of the incredible parts of the city are located in or near downtown, all of the amazing activities and unique locations stretch out throughout all 620.8 square miles! Even the smaller suburban metro border cities are SUPER COOL! Edmond is a great place to visit! So I say support Oklahoma City and show everyone that it’s population (about 650,000) doesn’t mean it isn’t an excellent place to live, grow, and live life a better way!
- 637,284 Population
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