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The 20 Best Places to Own A Home in America

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With the number of people purchasing houses in the United States reaching record lows, it is now more important than ever to be aware of the best places to own a home. The decision to purchase a home is a very large investment, and while finding the place of your dreams is certainly at the top of most people’s lists, location is also key. After all, living somewhere is about more than just the actual four walls that you call home, and there are several other factors that can help people decide whether or not to purchase a home in a particular area. If you’re thinking about purchasing a home soon, or simply want to see some of the things that certain areas have to offer – here are 20 of the best places to own a home in America.

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Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs isn’t just a very beautiful place to visit, it’s also a great place to settle down and purchase a home. Not only to home owners in Colorado Springs seem to be happy with their home ownership, but the city itself also has a lot of great things to offer. The area is known for its safety, good school system, and opportunity for a healthy lifestyle.

 

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Miami

When most people think of Miami, vacation and night life are the first things that come to mind. However, Miami is more than just a great place to visit when you’re looking for a get away. Recent reports have shown that Miami home owners rank very high in real estate confidence. Reports also indicated that renters in the area are interested in purchasing a home in the near future. On top of that, Miami also ranks high in walkability, tax fairness, and healthy living.

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Kansas City, MO

If you’re looking to enjoy a taste of midwestern life then you’ll be happy to know that Kansas City is often considered one of the best places to own a home. The average price of a home in the city is $131,150, and residents seem to be very satisfied with their decision to purchase a home in the area.

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Salt Lake City

With an average home price of slightly more than $250,000, buying a home in Salt Lake City certainly isn’t cheap. However, as the old saying goes, “you get what you pay for” and home owners in Salt Lake City are able to reap the benefits of living in a safe and well-educated area with low unemployment rates and nearly 3% growth in jobs each year.

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Raleigh, NC

Not only is Raleigh a great city to live in, but when it comes to home ownership, it’s one of the best places to make the commitment. Home owners in Raleigh rank among the best in real estate confidence, and the cost of living in the city is lower than in many other major cities in the country. Also, Raleigh consistently ranks high in safety and tax fairness.

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San Jose, CA

Although there are many other more popular cities in California, when it comes to the best places to own a home, San Jose ranks among the best. San Jose tends to be a little less expensive than some other major cities in California, and the area ranks high for walkability and healthy living. However, unfortunately, those looking to purchase a house in the area may find some difficulty as residents have reported frustration with the lack of available homes on the market.

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Pittsburgh

If you don’t mind putting up with some harsh winters, then Pittsburgh can easily be one of the best places to own a home. The old steel city is very affordable, and despite its size also offers many small and quiet neighborhoods.

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La Grange, KY

Kentucky may not be a place that comes to many people’s minds, but it turns out that this Louisville suburb can be a great place for those looking to settle down a purchase a home. With a population of just over 8,000 people, La Grange maintains a small town feel but also offers close proximity to the city. Located just about 25 miles outside of Louisville, home owners in La Grange can easily experience the best of both worlds.

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Pensacola 

For those who love being near the water, this city in the Sunshine State will be a tough one to ignore. Not only is Pensacola home to one of the best beaches in the country, but it also boasts some pretty affordable homes. The average home price is just slightly over $105,000, and residents of this beautiful city get to enjoy all of the perks that come with living near the ocean.

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Grand Rapids, MI

When it comes to the best places to own a home, Grand Rapids has definitely earned a spot on this list. Home owners in Grand Rapids have reported being both satisfied and confident in their home ownership. On top of that, the city has low commute times and lots of educational opportunity.

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Washington D.C.

In recent years, Washington D.C. has become a very popular destination, especially for young professionals. As many millennials start gearing up to purchase their first homes, Washington D.C. could be a great place to do so. The nation’s capital city ranks high in educational opportunity, economic opportunity, walkability, and healthy living.

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Linton Hall, VA

There’s a good chance that you’ve never heard of Linton Hall, VA, but after this you’ll wish you had. Located in Prince William County, this little town is a census designated place in the city of Bristow, but it’s population is only continuing to grow. The cost of living in Linton Hall is very inexpensive, and attracts many families looking to purchase homes. Those looking to enjoy a taste of the city will also be pleased to know that Linton Hall is located just 35 miles east of Washington D.C.

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Rochester, NY

Often overlooked by New York City, Rochester is a smaller city that is also a great place to own a home. The cost of purchasing a house in Rochester is very affordable, and home owners in the area have a high level of real estate confidence and satisfaction. The area also boasts safe neighborhoods, short commute times, and lots of educational opportunity.

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San Antonio

Everything is bigger in Texas, so it should come as no surprise that it’s also a good place to be a home owner. Although there are many cities in Texas, San Antonio residents rank among the highest for real estate satisfaction. Home owners also believe that there is a lot of economic opportunity in the city.

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Maricopa, AZ

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With its great weather and laid back atmosphere, Arizona has become a very attractive place to live. But while many people are interested in flocking to the well-known cities, Maricopa has also proven to be a great place – especially for home owners. In fact, the majority (80%) of homes in Maricopa are owned and not rented, and the value of homes seems to be increasing.

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Minneapolis

If you’ve ever been to Minneapolis, it’s easy to see how someone could fall in love with the city and want to purchase a home there. Minneapolis boasts healthy living as well as lots of economic opportunity. Compared to some other big cities, Minneapolis also ranks pretty high in safety.

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Huntley, IL

Ranked as Chicago’s fastest growing suburb, Huntley has become a very popular place for those looking to become home owners. The homeownership rate in the town is more than 90% and the area also boasts a lot of opportunities for employment. If that isn’t enough to impress you, Huntley’s taxes are also among the lowest in the Chicago area.

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Las Vegas

To many people, Las Vegas may seem more like one of the best places to party than one of the best places to own a home. However, this exciting desert city is more than just nightlife and casinos. In fact, home owners in Las Vegas rank high in real estate confidence, and there also tends to be a nice variety of options when it comes to homes on the market. Also, Las Vegas ranks well in tax fairness thanks to all the tourist dollars that come through each year.

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Seattle

The weather in Seattle certainly leaves much to be desired, but fortunately there are some real positives to purchasing a home in the area. Although houses in Seattle to tend to be a little on the expensive side, the market is hot which means that purchasing a home in the city is a good investment. Seattle is also a great place for those looking for a healthy lifestyle and economic opportunity.

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Denver

Denver is a great place to live, and each year it seems to be becoming more and more popular. Reports show that owners in Denver have high levels of real estate confidence and satisfaction and that could be due to all of the pluses that come to living in the city. Denver ranks high in walkability, healthy living, short commute times, economic opportunity, climate, and safety.

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Written by Camille Moore

Camille has a master's degree from Saint Joseph University's Writing Studies program. Her writing has been published on several websites, and she enjoys writing articles and short stories in her spare time. You can follow Camille on Twitter @CamealAshley.