Not everyone wants to live in the same place, but it's probably OK to say that everyone wants the same things in a home—like job security, safety, access to excellent schooling, affordability, and then some. Though searching for that perfect house can be a drag, two companies have made it 1,000 times easier to help you start.
and teamed up to create their list of the Best Places to Live In The United States, focusing on areas with populations of 50,000 people or more. Though the list doesn't include any major cities, many are within close proximities of popular metropolises. To determine the top 10, the companies analyzed more than —including housing, economy, cost of living, diversity, education, income, crime, and more. The also notes that they "disqualified places with high crime rates, depressed income, and a lack of racial diversity."
Median Home Price: $449,900
Median Household Income : $117,642
Population: 177,286 (2016 Census)
Frisco is approximately 30 miles from Dallas, and from 2016 to 2017, it topped the U.S. Census list of America's fastest-growing cities. Perhaps the most notable aspects of the city are its top-notch schools and, of course, its new Dallas Cowboys headquarters known as The Star.
Median Home Price: $519,990
Median Household Income: $120,862
Population: 49,692 (2017 Census)
Located just a 10 minute drive away from Washington Dulles Airport and 40 minutes from D.C., , it's a perfect location—especially for commuting federal employees.
Median Home Price: $374,000
Median Household Income: $106,546
Population: 92,198 (2016 Census)
Carmel, Indiana has a fabulous school system, gorgeous parks, and a variety of home styles and just 26 miles from Indianapolis, the location is hard to beat.
Median Home Price: $558,950
Median Household Income: $121,019
Population: 70,780 (2017 Census)
"Founded in 1772, Ellicott City has plenty of charm, particularly in its historic downtown district. Here, you can dip into boutiques and antiques stores in buildings that are pretty much antiques themselves," reports, adding, "Its top-rated schools attract young families, and its affordable housing and access to two major metropolises (Baltimore and D.C.) appeal to professionals as well."
Median Home Price: $389,000
Median Household Income: $94,617
Population: 165,904 (2016 Census)
Cary is inside what calls North Carolina's "Research Triangle" AKA Chapel Hill, Raleigh, and Durham—so the schools are some of the best and it attracts educated professionals.
Median Home Price: $549,900
Median Household Income: $88,961
Population: 78,321 (2016 Census)
The highlight? Williamson County (Franklin's surrounding area) "is one of the country's richest, with the lowest property taxes in the region and top-rated schools." Plus, it's not far from Nashville, which certainly doesn't hurt!
Median Home Price: $898,000
Median Household Income: $128,403
Population: 60,939 (2016 Census)
Dublin is a town just a few miles from Silicon Valley with reasonable prices and excellent schools.
Median Home Price: $475,000
Median Household Income: $111,332
Population: 106,596 (2017 Census)
Highlands Ranch is known for being upscale, but home prices aren't too steep, compared to similar areas. Plus, it's extremely family friendly.
Median Home Price: $1,137,000
Median Household Income: $153,253
Population: 64,548 (2016 Census)
According to , Sammamish is east of Seattle and it has turned into a "bedroom community"—AKA a great place for commuters who don't want (or can't afford) to live in Seattle, Bellevue, and Redmond.
Median Home Price: $369,642
Median Household Income: $101,922
Population: 69,756 (2016 Census)
As Matthew Johnson, a Woodbury real estate agent for Anew Real Estate Group, told , "[Woodbury has] the largest population in the county and the most jobs. We’re known for great restaurants, great shopping, and great people."
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