The safest and most affordable suburbs in the USA
The best places to live with your family are often located on the outskirts of large cities, where you can afford a higher standard of living for less money, as well as wider access to places of rest. It is easy to understand why a suburban lifestyle can be attractive: suburban communities tend to be richer, more educated, and healthier than urban and rural ones.
To find the best suburbs in every state, GOBankingRates conducted a comprehensive study analyzing the cost of living, quality of schools and security in the suburban areas surrounding the country's largest cities. Factors in this study included:
- average house price and average monthly rent received from Zillow real estate site for May 2019;
- annual expenditures for food, healthcare, utilities and transportation, obtained from the Consumer Expenditure Survey of the Bureau of Labor Statistics for 2017-18;
- the quality of school districts;
- level of violent and property crimes on 1000 residents.
If you want to live in relative peace and comfort, but still retain access to the best remote job opportunities, the decision to settle in the suburbs may be the right choice for your family - and it won't drain your budget. Here are some of the states the study authors selected the best suburbs for. A complete list for all states can be found here.
- Los Angeles: Yorba Linda
- Sacramento: Rocklin
- San Diego: San Marcos
- San Francisco: Pleasanton
- San Jose: Cupertino
Lodging in California is notoriously expensive. For example, the median home price in Cupertino is $ 1 and the median rent is $ 988 per month, both of which are the most expensive in their respective categories. However, the Golden State provides a solid foundation for your child's education. 888 of the 4 school districts in these California suburbs were scored for the highest overall quality score.
On the subject: The most expensive and cheap US states to raise a child
- Jacksonville: Fleming Island
- Miami: Sunrise
- Orlando: Altamonte Springs
- Tampa: Sun City Center
Of all the top Florida suburbs on the list, Altamonte Springs offers the cheapest housing, with an average home price of $ 188 and an average rent of $ 950 per month. If you are more concerned with safety, move to the Sun City Center. The suburbs reported 1344 violent crimes and 0,77 property crimes per 6,29 residents, better than Fleming Island, Sunrise and Altamonte Springs.
- Chicago: Buffalo Grove
Chicago may be one of the best cities for a family. The upper suburb of Windy City, Buffalo Grove, ranks 4 in terms of the lowest violent crime rates and 5 in terms of the lowest real estate crime rates among all the listed suburbs. 0,24 violent crimes and 5,46 crimes against property on 1000 residents are committed here.
- Newark: Bergenfield
Compared to other suburbs in the country, Bergenfield is surprisingly safe. On the 2nd place in terms of crime - 0,07 crimes with violence and 3,8 crimes against property per 1000 inhabitants. In addition, the Bergenfield School District received top marks for overall quality.
On the subject: US states with the highest and lowest real estate taxes
- Buffalo: Lockport
- New York: Deer Park
Despite being located in the Empire State, which is famous for its expensive housing, Lockport offers the lowest median home price of any of the top suburbs on the list. The average home in this suburb of Buffalo is only $ 117. By comparison, the average home price in Deer Park, New York's finest suburb, is significantly higher at $ 000.
- Portland: Sherwood
Sherwood, a major suburb of Portland, has 0,82 violent crimes and 11,71 property crimes per 1000 residents. The median home price in the area is $ 485 and the median monthly rent is $ 000. Residents can expect to spend on average $ 2 per year for non-housing items such as food, health care, utilities, and transportation.
- Philadelphia: Lansdale
- Pittsburgh: Plum
Pittsburgh's Upper Suburbs have 1000 property crimes per 4,55 residents, which is the 3rd highest real estate crime rate among all the top suburbs on the list. Plum is cheaper than Lansdale when it comes to cost of living. Lansdale's North Penn School District boasts a phenomenal maximum overall quality score, head and shoulders above Plum Borough Plum's “good-plus” rating.
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