Key Highlights¨

  • Curbed’s first-ever 10 best cities to move to NOW just released
  • With five rated data points (house costs, job opportunities, walkability, diversity, and park access), total scores defined livability as the essential trait for all these “best” cities
  • Curbed sees all 10 cities on its “best” list as more than viable alternatives to East and West coast cities that are not affordable to the majority of people looking to become residents of communities

This Part II of the series “The Ten Best Cities to Move to NOW will look at the remaining five cities on Curbed’s first-ever “best” list.

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  1. Madison WI – a Midwestern college town that cultivates tech talent

– Population: 255,214

– Median home price: $277,252

– Median rent price:@ 2 bedroom unit – $1,016/month

– University of Wisconsin lives in Madison and graduates stay

– Nascent tech hub

– Rising number of Millennial homeowners

– Lots of job opportunities

– Hot neighborhoods – Verona (11 miles south of Madison – with young, tech-centric workers), Maple Bluff (most expensive 1,300-person village with historic housing and waterfront properties

– Frank Lloyd Wright country


  1. Minneapolis MN – a booming city with progressive solutions

– Population: 422,321

– Median home price – $283,786

– Median rent price @ 2 bedroom unit – $1,150/month

– Experiencing real estate rush fueled by population growth

– $2B Big Build Initiative

– Minneapolis 2040 Plan to increase density via up zoning with focus on affordability, equity and sustainability

  • Award-winning park network and great bike trail system
  • Hot neighborhoods include Bryn Mawr, Linden Hills, Lynnhurst
  • Walker Art Center, Weisman Art Museum, US Bank Stadium (football) and Allianz Stadium (pro soccer stadium)
  1. Provo UT – buzziest of Utah’s tech centers

– Population: 318,069

– Median home price – $309,067

– Median rent price @ 2 bedroom unit – $952/month

– Tech job growth increased +20% from 2014-2018

– Home to Brigham Young University

– Some calling Provo the emerging Austin of the Mountain West

– Well-educated Millennials

– 45 minutes to Salt Lake City, the regional powerhouse

– I hour to Park City and weekend get-a-ways to Bryce

and Zion National Parks

  1. Raleigh NC – largest city in Research Triangle

– Population:464,758

– Median home price – $284,246

– Median rent price @ 2 bedroom unit – $1,163/month

– New generation of businesses that taking advantage of

talent from top-tier universities

-Economy built on high-tech boom

Urban Land Institute ranks Raleigh #2 on its Markets to Watch list for 2020

  • $1B in construction activity in last 4 years
    • – Hot neighborhoods include Five Points (historic and bungalow homes, Midtown (walkable, urban epicenter), Apex (“Millennial Mayberry” suburb), Midtown Exchange (“city within a city”), $1.9B Downtown South megaproject
  • Duke University and Black Mountain State College
  1. St. Louis MO

– Population: 318.069
– Median home price – $126,285

– Median rent price @ 2 Bedroom unit – $938/month

– High scores for tech growth potential, park access, transit and walkability

– Poised to attract/incubate new businesses and ideas despite declining population and history of segregation

–        – Cortex 200-accre innovation center

-Refurbished Gateway Arch National Park and forthcoming Soldier Stadium complex

– Hot neighborhoods include Hill (Italian American neighborhood with great restaurants), Cherokee Street and Antique Row (independent vibe), Kirkwood (families), Laumeier Sculpture Park

-Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site celebrates Native American civilization


Thanks to Curbed’s Patrick Sisson for source material.

Also read: Low Inventory Continues Fueling Higher Home Prices, Three Satellite Cities Outshining Their Bigger Neighbors, Home Prices Expected to Rise +5.3% by November 2020

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