1 Best Cities to Buy a House in America
- City in Texas
Current Resident: Plano is one of the best cities you can live in Texas. Not only is Plano one of the safest communities, it also has some of the best schools in the nation! One of the cool things about Plano is they have many different stores for specific ethnic backgrounds. The neighborhoods are very nice and are quite affordable. Plano has many biking trails and outdoor parks for exercising and for the kids to play. The best thing about Plano is that it is super close to Dallas. If you ever want to go down to Dallas, it's a quick 15-25 minute drive!
- 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 have had a wonderful eighteen years growing up in Rochester, Minnesota. From city-wide bike trails, local swimming pools and lakes, and many opportunities for retail shopping, Rochester has an unending array of activities available. There are many local churches and non-profit organizations to become involved with and be involved in the community. Rochester provides the perfect combination of the quick pace of a big city and the charming connection found in small towns!
- 111,396 Population
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- City in Texas
Current Resident: I can genuinely say that I enjoy living in Richardson! It is a reasonable distance from Dallas proper and Downtown, as well as a reasonable distance from the surrounding DFW area. It is close enough to everything to be convenient, but not right in the heart of the action where property is far too expensive.
- 108,350 Population
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- City in Illinois
Current Resident: Naperville is a nice place to live. My favorite part of Naperville would definitely be the downtown area, where there is plenty to eat! Food choices range from a small cup to ice cream to a five star meal (including everything else in between). Another thing I like about Naperville is that there are many public events held in here that bring a lot of the residents together for a good time!
- 145,789 Population
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- City in Texas
Current Resident: Having recently moved to Round Rock, I was pleasantly surprised with the closeness and the friendly atmosphere of the town. It also has a few unique specialties, such as the Round Rock Donut Shop, which certainly serves as a unifying thread. I would certainly recommend to anyone considering a move the wonderful town of Round Rock!
- 112,767 Population
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- 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
9 Best Cities to Buy a House in America
- City in Florida
Current Resident: I have been living in Palm Bay, Florida for roughly eight years. Over the years their has been quite a big change in the size of the populous. Although there are more people, the mission statement of the city still remains, "A great place to grow". I feel this applies hold hardily considering I am raising my three children here and they love it! We can always find something fun and educational to do here. Truly, my only qualm is the traffic in the area. Unfortunately, there are not many routes to bypass the ever-growing city traffic. Sometimes, I wish I had a wonder woman jet, but I know that isn't going to happen anytime soon.
- 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
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- 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: Lincoln is a large city with a University, community college, and a private University. Many healthy options are available with a city wide biking path system and several lakes for activities. Lincoln is quite diverse with many cultural activities and demonstrations held throughout the year. Warm summers, not so bad winters, and many public schools for the residents here help make Lincoln one of the nicest large cities in the midwest!
- 273,018 Population
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- City in Maryland
Current Resident: I love the trees. There are so many tall, well established trees here! The city itself is so close to major areas ( Baltimore, Washington DC, Annapolis, etc.) but the trees and the overall landscape make you feel like you're somewhere else, at least it does to me. There are wooded trails everywhere, even behind my house. I only have to walk out my back door. It's always bright. I also love that we have a little bit of everything here: every store, mall, and restaurant you could ever hope for and they are five minutes from my house! Yet, with all the trees and natural landscapes you would never know it. The only thing that gives it away is the sound of traffic. I love it here. I've lived here for twelve years and not regretted a single year.
- 103,439 Population
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- City in North Carolina
Current Resident: Raleigh is an excellent city with plenty to do and it's overall a great city for families and those seeking to further their careers. One great thing about Raleigh is that there are various ways to get around the city and it is easy to get around, whether you want to go by bus, car, bike, or even walking there are plenty of routes available to you. Likewise, the city is rapidly expanding, making it a hub for job opportunities and real estate as well, though this also contributes to a semi-high cost of living and increased congestion as the population here is rapidly expanding. The city is quite diverse, with plenty of exploration into the rich culture of all the communities that make up this great city, and which also makes for an interesting and exciting city with plenty to do, especially at night. But don't worry, despite the excitement, it is a safe city overall, and I love it here. It's a 5/5 from me!
- 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
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- City in Texas
Current Resident: In the 9 years I have lived here, I have made some long lasting friends. The people are friendly and are willing to help out with anything that you might ask. I have been involved with one of the local FFA organizations, the kids and parents have taught me so much about animals, their care and the showmanship. For the most part, the city is clean, but you do have the shadier side as you would in all major cities. The choice of restaurants is quite diverse - from ethnic to all kinds of fast foods. I really like living in Amarillo and can't see myself moving any place in the near future!
- 197,570 Population
18 Best Cities to Buy a House in America
- 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
19 Best Cities to Buy a House in America
- 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: I love all the heart warming and child inviting areas located in the downtown Corpus Christi. The Water Garden is a beautiful attraction for all ages and pet friendly play area. The walking view is extravagant with boats, informative mile markers about the history of Corpus. You also have learning and teaching moments to share as you walk down the side walk of Ocean drive and read the astrology information over the distances of the planets in relation to one another. Corpus offers fine dinning and many family friendly restaurants to choose from on any day or night of the week. This city offers public bus transportation around town and to the neighboring cities to make commute much easier for those without independent transportation. This is a wonderful place to vacation and live in. Come enjoy and evening on the beach to play games, relax, swim, horseback ride and be entertained with live bands on the bay-front.
- 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 pretty average city, with a bignore population. Springfield has a variety of public schools, even a few private schools. It's also very family friendly. Not to much crime goes on here. Springfield has a pretty decent night life if you like bars and clubs. Thinking about visiting springfield, I'd say it's worth it. Filled with tourist attractions. Come visit!
- 116,745 Population
24 Best Cities to Buy a House in America
- City in Kentucky
Current Resident: Love this city. It is very hard to adapt to new places when coming from another country. This city was very easy to get used to. People are nice and helpful. My neighborhood is clean and full of life. If you are a lover of nature this is the place to be. There are at least 5 major parks that are especially for dogs and a bunch of other activities for people. My favorite one is Shillito's park because you can practice almost any sport you want and has the mall right behind it. Traffic here is bad either. Very affordable and there is always a job for you. Keeneland which is the most popular horse race event is this city! And don't get me started with a number of places you can go eat and have fun. It is unbelievable! I am very glad that I came to this city rather than any other and believe me, I have been in almost all of the states in the country but there is no city like Lexington.
- 311,529 Population
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- City in Nebraska
Current Resident: I currently reside in Omaha, NE. I’m from Texas and am stationed here with the Air Force. Driving up from Texas through the vast empty pastures, I wondered what I was getting myself into. I was even less enthused to get out of my car and into the cold Midwestern winter air. It didn’t take long for Omaha to steal my heart! This city has a wonderful mix of old and new, American mixed with cultures from everywhere- not to mention any type of food or beer local to the area that you could ever want to try! Nebraska is nice, the people are even nicer than the people back home in Texas and welcome a large community of refugees who they passionately care for. I have never lived in a city where you can arrive at any desired destination in about 20 minutes, but that’s just the way it is here! Overall, Omaha, to me, is unique in that it’s a mix of old and new but all its own. Local businesses survive and thrive in a city with so much community love and support.
- 443,072 Population