Top 6 Places to Live in America This Year
money.com | realtor.com | September 18, 2018
The suburbs dominated this year’s list of top places to live in the country. Money magazine teamed with realtor.com® to identify its top picks of towns with populations of 50,000 or more. They factored in more than 135,000 data points, including economic health, public school performance, local amenities, housing, cost of living, and more.
“For someone who’s starting from scratch, this is a list of areas with great quality of life, healthy housing markets where affordability is important, and great overall community,” says Danielle Hale, realtor.com’s chief economist.
This year, Frisco, Texas, topped the list. The Dallas suburb also topped the U.S. Census Bureau list as America’s fastest-growing big city. The city has added an average of 37 new residents every day from 2016 to 2017. Its population has climbed 8.2 percent in one year and now totals 177,000.
Here are the cities that ranked top on this year’s list:
1 Frisco, Texas
Median home price: $449,900
Median household income : $117,642
2 Ashburn, Virginia
Median home price: $519,990
Median household income: $120,862
3 Carmel, Indiana
Median home price: $374,000
Median household income: $106,546
4 Elliott City, Maryland
Median home price: $558,950
Median household income: $121,019
5 Cary, North Carolina
Median home price: $389,000
Median household income: $94,617
6 Franklin, Tennessee
Median home price: $549,900
Median household income: $88,961
View the full list of top 50 at time.com.
Source: “The Best Places to Live in America, 2018: Revenge of the Burbs!” realtor.com® (Sept. 17, 2018) and “The Best Places to Live in America,” TIME (September 2018); REALTOR® Magazine, 091718