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February
2017
01

2017 Best Places to Buy a Forever Home

2017 Best Places to Buy a Forever Home, Released by Personal Finance Website
GoodCall.com


A total of 509 cities across the U.S. were evaluated on affordability, growing home values, population, low unemployment
and crime rates, and educational values.


Fort Mill, S.C., January 26, 2017 - Data analysts from GoodCall.com released the 2017 list of <Best Places to Buy a Forever
Home> outlining the cities that offer the best backdrop for investing in a home to stay in for a lifetime. Notably dominating the
top of the list are 6 Texas cities:


1. The Woodlands, TX 

2. Centennial, CO 

3. Frisco, TX 

4. Allen, TX 

5. Richardson, TX 

6. Edmond, OK

7. Flower Mound, TX

8. Sugar Land, TX

9. Mountain View, CA

10. Fargo, ND

>See where your city ranks


“When thinking about where to purchase a home to settle down, you want to look for a place that will be a good investment in
the long run,” says Claire Etheridge, Data analyst for GoodCall.com. “Cities that are affordable and exhibit growth in home
values and population dominated the list. High educational values and low unemployment indicate a place where one can
prosper while a low crime rate will keep the family safe and comfortable in their forever home.”

Cities were ranked on six criteria:
● Affordability - The median selected monthly
owner costs as a percentage of household
income
● Net Migration - percentage population change
between 2010 and 2015
● Unemployment - percentage of unemployed
citizens
● Home Value Recession Recovery- The change in
median home value between 2009 and 2015
● Crime Rate - The number of crime incidents per 1,000
residents
● Educational Values - The percentage of residents age 25
or older with a bachelor's degree or higher and/or high
school diploma or higher


“Cities in Texas dominated the list, while other places near large metro areas in states such as Colorado, California, and
North Dakota were ranked near the top as well. The higher ranked cities tended to be smaller with populations between
70,000 and 155,000 residents.”


Data sources include the U.S. Census Bureau and FBI Crime Data. T
The full report/methodology can be found here: https://www.goodcall.com/data-center/2017-best-places-buy-forever-home/
About GoodCall.com: The core mission of GoodCall is to help people make easier personal finance decisions about
college, careers and beyond. GoodCall provides tools, resources and data insights to make financial independence a reality
for students, recent graduates, families and retirees.
Media Contact: Michelle Billick | Communications Manager, GoodCall.com | 980-318-5202 |
michelle.billick@goodcall.com

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