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:

Metro State Submarket Zip Code Schools Price
Kansas City MO Blue Springs, Mo. 64014 88.5 $159,700
Oklahoma City OK Tuttle, Okla. 73170 89.6 $165,000
St. Louis MO Fenton, Mo. 63026 81.1 $167,000
Palm Beach, Fla. FL Boca Raton, Fla. 33496 87.9 $167,500
Chicago IL Aurora, Ill. 60503 81.9 $168,000
Indianapolis IN Brownsburg, Ind. 46112 86.3 $184,100
Cleveland OH Broadview Heights, Ohio 44147 87.1 $200,000
Philadelphia PA Horsham, Pa. 19044 84.2 $217,500
Atlanta GA Buford, Ga. 30519 86.5 $220,000
Columbus OH Powell, Ohio 43065 86.1 $229,500
Houston TX Katy, Texas 77450 81.2 $239,500
Pittsburgh, PA PA Cranberry Township 16066 83.9 $274,000
Las Vegas NV Summerlin neighborhood 89144 81.9 $295,000
Jacksonville, Fla. FL St. John’s, Fla. 32259 81.6 $297,000
San Antonio TX Cross Mountain, Texas 78255 85.2 $317,100
Sacramento, Calif. CA Rocklin, Calif. 95677 81.5 $330,500
Charlotte, N.C. NC Matthews, N.C. 28104 87.7 $336,500
Nashville TN Thompson’s Station, Tenn. 37179 90.3 $372,500
Austin TX Williamson, Texas 78717 84.9 $375,000
Denver CO Centennial, CO 80122 83.3 $380,000
Portland, Ore. OR Lake Oswego, Ore. 97035 87.9 $417,500
Los Angeles CA Valencia, Calif. 91355 82.3 $480,000
Seattle WA North Bend, Wash. 98045 83.3 $510,000
San Diego CA Rancho Bernardo 92128 89.7 $515,000
Washington, D.C. MD Mt. Airy, MD 21771 82.1 $529,500
Fort Lauderdale, Fla. FL Weston, Fla. 33332 93.3 $567,100
Orange County CA University Park 92612 88.6 $579,000
Oakland, Calif. CA Walnut Creek 94596 94.8 $625,000
San Jose CA West San Jose 95130 80.5 $799,000
San Francisco CA San Anselmo, Calif. 94960 86.9 $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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