HomeUnion Identifies the Best Places for Families to Live

HomeUnion® Identifies the Best Places for Families to Live

A zip code in Kansas City tops the list because of its affordable home prices and highly ranked schools

IRVINE, Calif., May 31, 2017 – HomeUnion®, an online real estate investing platform, has named the 30 best places for families to live based on housing affordability and school quality. For the second consecutive year, Blue Springs, Mo., a suburb of Kansas City, topped HomeUnion®’s list with a median home price of $159,700. Zip codes in Oklahoma City and St. Louis placed second and third, respectively in the rankings.

“For the past two years, we have been tracking metros with the highest housing affordability and best school districts,” explains Steve Hovland, director of research for HomeUnion®. “As home prices continue to increase in many coastal markets, particularly in the western U.S., we are seeing the best opportunities for first-time home buyers with families in the center of the country. These areas are also good places for single-family rental (SFR) buyers to invest in housing. In fact, we are particularly bullish on Chicago, Cleveland, and Indianapolis for SFR investors, and zip codes from all three of these metro areas earned spots within the top 10.”

Here are the 30 best places for families to live based on housing affordability and school quality:

MetroStateSubmarketZip CodeSchoolsPrice
Kansas CityMOBlue Springs, Mo.6401488.5$159,700
Oklahoma CityOKTuttle, Okla.7317089.6$165,000
St. LouisMOFenton, Mo.6302681.1$167,000
Palm Beach, Fla.FLBoca Raton, Fla.3349687.9$167,500
ChicagoILAurora, Ill.6050381.9$168,000
IndianapolisINBrownsburg, Ind.4611286.3$184,100
ClevelandOHBroadview Heights, Ohio4414787.1$200,000
PhiladelphiaPAHorsham, Pa.1904484.2$217,500
AtlantaGABuford, Ga.3051986.5$220,000
ColumbusOHPowell, Ohio4306586.1$229,500
HoustonTXKaty, Texas7745081.2$239,500
Pittsburgh, PAPACranberry Township1606683.9$274,000
Las VegasNVSummerlin neighborhood8914481.9$295,000
Jacksonville, Fla.FLSt. John’s, Fla.3225981.6$297,000
San AntonioTXCross Mountain, Texas7825585.2$317,100
Sacramento, Calif.CARocklin, Calif.9567781.5$330,500
Charlotte, N.C.NCMatthews, N.C.2810487.7$336,500
NashvilleTNThompson’s Station, Tenn.3717990.3$372,500
AustinTXWilliamson, Texas7871784.9$375,000
DenverCOCentennial, CO8012283.3$380,000
Portland, Ore.ORLake Oswego, Ore.9703587.9$417,500
Los AngelesCAValencia, Calif.9135582.3$480,000
SeattleWANorth Bend, Wash.9804583.3$510,000
San DiegoCARancho Bernardo9212889.7$515,000
Washington, D.C.MDMt. Airy, MD2177182.1$529,500
Fort Lauderdale, Fla.FLWeston, Fla.3333293.3$567,100
Orange CountyCAUniversity Park9261288.6$579,000
Oakland, Calif.CAWalnut Creek9459694.8$625,000
San JoseCAWest San Jose9513080.5$799,000
San FranciscoCASan Anselmo, Calif.9496086.9$1,035,000


Sources: HomeUnion® Research Services and Maponics

Methodology for the study: HomeUnion® included the most affordable zip code in each metro area where the average school rating was in the 80th percentile or higher. Owner-occupied, single-family homes that sold for more than $30,000 during late 2016 and early 2017 were used to determine the median sales price. Each zip code required at least 30 transactions to be included.


About HomeUnion®
HomeUnion® is an online real estate investing platform. Based in Irvine, Calif., it provides all the services needed for individuals to invest remotely in rental properties. The company uses a combination of research and proprietary analytics to incorporate data on over 110 million homes and 200,000 neighborhoods into their database and then delivers its solutions to an on-the-ground infrastructure that currently serves 11 locations. HomeUnion®’s role spans the lifecycle of the investment transaction: identifying sound investments, handling all aspects of acquisition, maximizing income, protecting asset value, and selling the asset when the time comes.

Media Contact:
Stacey Corso

Communications Manager, HomeUnion®


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