Top 6 Places to Live in America This Year

September 18, 2018

The suburbs dominated this year’s list of top places to live in the country. Money magazine teamed with realtor.com® to identify its top picks of towns with populations of 50,000 or more. They factored in more than 135,000 data points, including economic health, public school performance, local amenities, housing, cost of living, and more.

Main Street in a suburban town

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"For someone who’s starting from scratch, this is a list of areas with great quality of life, healthy housing markets where affordability is important, and great overall community," says Danielle Hale, realtor.com's chief economist.

This year, Frisco, Texas, topped the list. The Dallas suburb also topped the U.S. Census Bureau list as America’s fastest-growing big city. The city has added an average of 37 new residents every day from 2016 to 2017. Its population has climbed 8.2 percent in one year and now totals 177,000.

Here are the cities that ranked top on this year’s list:

1. Frisco, Texas

  • Median home price: $449,900
  • Median household income : $117,642

2. Ashburn, Va.

  • Median home price: $519,990
  • Median household income: $120,862

3. Carmel, Ind.

  • Median home price: $374,000
  • Median household income: $106,546

4. Elliott City, Md.

  • Median home price: $558,950
  • Median household income: $121,019

5. Cary, N.C.

  • Median home price: $389,000
  • Median household income: $94,617

6. Franklin, Tenn.

  • Median home price: $549,900
  • Median household income: $88,961

View the full list of top 50 at time.com.

Source: 
The Best Places to Live in America, 2018: Revenge of the Burbs!” realtor.com® (Sept. 17, 2018) and “The Best Places to Live in America,” TIME (September 2018)