Key Highlights

  • Livabilitycom releases annual list of 10 best places to live in America for 2020
  • Analysis includes more than 1,000 small to midsized cities based on targeted characteristics
  • Realtor.com and HarrisX releases new survey on top 10 cities for first-time buyers in 2020
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Livability.com recently released its annual “Best Places to Live in America in 2020.”

Livability.com analyzed more than 1,000 small to mid-sized cities in the US based upon such characteristics as…

  • Affordability
  • Safety
  • Economic stability
  • Outdoor recreation
  • Accessibility
  • Community engagement
  • “Opportunity score” that indicates city’s job offerings, economic resilience and growth

Here are Livability.com’s top 10 places to live in 2020:

  1. Fort Collins CO – median home list price: $470,000
  2. Ann Arbor MI – median home list price: $473,000
  3. Madison WI – median home list price: $330,000
  4. Portland Maine – median home list price: $508,000
  5. Rochester NY – median home list price: $147,000
  6. Asheville NC – median home list price: $508,000
  7. Overland Park KS – median home list price: $550,000
  8. Fargo ND – median home list price: $268,000
  9. Durham NC – median home list price: $369,000
  10. Sioux Falls SD – median home list price: $250,000

According to a new study released by realtor.com and HarrisX, Millennials are escalating their home buying timelines due to the COVIC pandemic, low mortgage interest rates and more stay-at-home/remote working time.

Analyses of cities deemed to have the best prospects for first-time home buyers are based on metrics such as home market favorability (price-to-rent ratio, 5 year home value appreciation and foreclosure rate), affordability, employment opportunities, livability, etc. include the follow:

  1. Grand Rapids MI
  2. Henderson NV
  3. Virginia Beach VA
  4. Boise ID
  5. Fort Wayne IN
  6. Petersburg FL
  7. Omaha NB
  8. Garland TX
  9. Gilbert AZ
  10. Sioux Falls SD

 

Thanks to Forbes.com, realtor.com and Harris X.

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