Top 10 U.S. Cities for Homeowners

From on August 18, 2010 in Remodeling News

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With today’s professional work becoming more portable, remote, and from-home, prospective homeowners have more freedom of where to settle down and buy. Yet, after years of renting and moving, making such a huge dual decision of which-house-in-which-city can feel as daunting as a serial dater committing to marriage.

If you’re thinking of moving now, or looking to a fresh start in the future, consider CNN’s top-ranked cities:

  1. Eden Prarie, MN
  2. Columbia/Ellicott City, MD
  3. Newton, MA
  4. Bellevue, WA
  5. McKinney, TX
  6. Fort Collins, CO
  7. Overland Park, KS
  8. Fishers, IN
  9. Ames, IA
  10. Rogers, AR

Spotlight on #1—Eden Prairie, Minnesota

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Coming in first place, Eden Prairie, MN, population 64,000, boasts an unemployment rate four points below the national average. Major employers include Fortune 500 companies and the Minnesota Vikings, and the town’s fiscal strength receives a perfect AAA bond rating. With a quaintly quiet downtown, the city offers surrounding rolling hills, 17 lakes with swimming and ice skating, and town parks that include hiking and biking trails.

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As for prospective Eden Prairie homeowners, the current median sales price sits around $260,000, with about 500 homes currently for sale. Add to this good public schools, safe streets, Norman Rockwell-ish winters and summer highs in the mid-80s, and it’s hard not to at least consider Eden Prairie, even if the idea of Minnesota never entered your mind before.

For more information and to see the complete top 100, visit CNN.