1 Best Cities to Buy a House in America
- City in Texas
Current Resident: We love Plano! We came here from overseas 2 years ago; I made a profound research for months to decide a place to live and I found here thanks to Niche.com. We chose here because of excellent school district, crime rate, unemployment rate, and living cost which is not low but much more affordable than those cities in California, NJ, etc. that have excellent school districts but living cost is unfortunately much higher. Plano Parks and Recreation Centers are incredible, so many activities and benefits as residents. There are bilingual elementary schools for those who speak Spanish and English as the second language. What's more, PISD has preschools for those who don't speak English as the first language. I can't complain anything. So happy to be here as family!
- 279,088 Population
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- 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
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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
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- 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 will give you City life with a small town feel. Everyone here is nice and always willing to help others. The city is growing and improving to give residents more things to do.
People here are very passionate about the university’s football, volleyball and basketball teams. The football team’s spring practice game is sold out this year. That is 90,000 people watching a practice!
- 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: I've lived in Raleigh almost 20 years now, and I can truly call it home! It is such a wonderful place to raise a family, as it is filled with lots of green parks, hiking trails, museums, and community events. Downtown Raleigh has grown SO much with local business and artistry, and the food scene is known across the country. Not to mention the excellent school systems, both in Grade School and Universities! Overall, I would recommend Raleigh to anyone looking to settle down and live a safe, and progressive, community-driven environment. Raleigh is the city of love!
- 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: I love Amarillo! It is a great city with a lot of opportunity and friendly people. It is a growing city and there are many fun things to do, like visit the Palo Duro Canyon and see the show Texas. The school system is great too! There are new developments like the Town Square and many job opportunities for all types of careers.
- 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: It's not to busy but there a bit of crime and that could be improved, by having more police patrol our neighborhoods! Housing should also be made more affordable for middle class people, then more people would be able to buy homes. It's always better to have a forever home than to be having to move your family around. The south side of town is a great part of town to live in.
- 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
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- City in Kentucky
Nearby Resident: Lexington has the luxury of allowing you to get the feeling of a big city, while being a ten minute drive away from beautiful farms! There is so much to do and never a dull moment. There are infinite job opportunities, even for minors like myself looking for a part time job. There's also so many different cultures of people found in Lexington, that it is a very nice change of pace when coming from some other surrounding Kentucky towns.
- 311,529 Population
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- City in Nebraska
Current Resident: Did not know what to expect when I first entered the state of Nebraska, but it certainly was not Omaha. I thought of corn fields and farm lands, with the nearest booming city to be hours away. I was thankfully mistaken, and instead discovered that Omaha was in fact the booming city. Full of diversity in culture and good people. Omaha has something for everyone, it has community, activities, art and opportunity for growth. There is always something to do, or somewhere to be involved. There is also certainly no shortage of job opportunities!
- 443,072 Population