The 50 best suburbs in America, ranked

Fotoluminate LLC/ShutterstockCinco Ranch is a suburb of Houston, Texas.
  • Niche compiled a list of the best American suburbs to live in for 2018.
  • Suburban life in the US has changed in recent years, and is becoming nonexistent in some areas.
  • But still, Americans are attracted to suburban life. Some of the best suburbs are even tourist destinations, including Santa Monica and Berkley, California.

In a series titled “The Death of Suburbia,” Business Insider previously explored the declining state of American suburbs. Reporters found millennials are doing everything they can to avoid suburban life, like living on a boat, to be closer to their jobs in big cities, and that over 800 golf courses, a suburban staple, have shuttered in a decade.

But with the rising cost of living in big cities, suburbs are still a popular place for families to settle down, according to Pew Research Center.

Niche compiled a list of the best suburbs to live in for 2018 and ranked them according to cost of living, school quality, crime rates, home prices, employment, and amenity access, among other measures. Statistics on Niche’s list are primarily from the US Census and represent the most recent data. The list measures the overall quality of living in suburban America. Some crime and safety rates were not provided.

However, some suburbs on this list are tourist destinations, including Santa Monica and Berkley, California. Below is Niche’s ranked list of the 50 best suburbs in America.


50. Arlington, Virginia

Facebook/Stay Arlington VirginiaArlington is a City in Virginia.

Population: 226,092

Median home value: $US623,300

Median household income: $US108,706

Crime & safety grade: Not provided


49. Evanston, Illinois

Google EarthEvanston is a town in Illinois.

Population: 75,472

Median home value: $US356,600

Median household income: $US71,317

Crime & safety grade: B-


48. Mountain View, California

Lynn Yeh/ShutterstockMountain View is a town in California.

Population: 78,827

Median home value: $US973,000

Median household income: $US109,248

Crime & safety grade: B


47. Creve Coeur, Missouri

Martin Haas/ShutterstockCreve Coeur is a suburb of St. Louis.

Population: 18,072

Median home value: $US359,400

Median household income: $US93,398

Crime & safety grade: B


46. Plano, Texas

Facebook/Visit PlanoPlano is a city in Texas.

Population: 279,088

Median home value: $US248,800

Median household income: $US85,085

Crime & safety grade: B


45. Decatur, Georgia

alans1948/FlickrDecatur is a suburb of Atlanta.

Population: 21,210

Median home value: $US384,300

Median household income: $US81,598

Crime & safety grade: B-


44. Hinsdale, Illinois

Joe Ferrer/ShutterstockHinsdale is a suburb of Chicago.

Population: 17,438

Median home value: $US859,400

Median household income: $US173,558

Crime & safety grade: A-


43. Franklin Park, Pennsylvania

Jana Shea/ShutterstockFranklin Park is a suburb of Pittsburgh.

Population: 14,228

Median home value: $US312,200

Median household income: $US121,661

Crime & safety grade: A-


42. Santa Monica, California

holbox/ShutterstockSanta Monica is a town in California.

Population: 92,247

Median home value: $US1,086,300

Median household income: $US82,123

Crime & safety grade: C+


41. Glendale, Missouri

ShutterstockGlendale is a suburb of St. Louis.

Population: 5,917

Median home value: $US345,400

Median household income: $US128,571

Crime & safety grade: A-


40. East Grand Rapids, Michigan

Wikimedia Commons/WMrapidsEast Grand Rapids is a suburb of Grand Rapids.

Population: 11,297

Median home value: $US303,400

Median household income: $US118,393

Crime & safety grade: A-


39. Cinco Ranch, Texas

Fotoluminate LLC/ShutterstockCinco Ranch is a suburb of Houston.

Population: 17,605

Median home value: $US318,500

Median household income: $US135,439

Crime & safety grade: Not provided


38. Prairie Village, Kansas

Facebook/City of Prairie Village City HallPrairie Village is a Kansas suburb.

Population: 21,824

Median home value: $US228,900

Median household income: $US83,200

Crime & safety grade: B+


37. Wyoming, Ohio

Facebook/Wyoming OhioWyoming is a suburb of Cincinnati.

Population: 8,484

Median home value: $US305,900

Median household income: $US120,676

Crime & safety grade: B


36. Mason, Ohio

Facebook/City of Mason, Ohio – GovernmentMason is a suburb of Cincinnati.

Population: 32,025

Median home value: $US230,100

Median household income: $US92,819

Crime & safety grade: A-


35. Greatwood, Texas

Facebook/Greatwood realtyGreatwood is a suburb of Houston.

Population: 12,040

Median home value: $US300,800

Median household income: $US144,625

Crime & safety grade: Not provided


34. Leawood, Kansas

Jeff Zehnder/ShutterstockLeawood is a Kansas suburb.

Population: 33,763

Median home value: $US415,900

Median household income: $US147,722

Crime & safety grade: B


33. Powell, Ohio

Facebook/City of Powell Local GovernmentPowell is a suburb of Columbus.

Population: 12,436

Median home value: $US348,000

Median household income: $US132,917

Crime & safety grade: A-


32. Brookline, Massachusetts

Facebook/Town of BrooklineBrookline is a suburb of Boston.

Population: 59,180

Median home value: $US758,400

Median household income: $US102,175

Crime & safety grade: B


31. Falcon Heights, Minnesota

Debra Anderson/ShutterstockThe Minnesota State Fair takes place in Falcon Heights annually.

Population: 5,534

Median home value: $US283,200

Median household income: $US75,167

Crime & safety grade: B+


30. Elm Grove, Wisconsin

Village of Elm Grove/FacebookElm Grove is a suburb of Milwaukee.

Population: 6,085

Median home value: $US355,000

Median household income: $US119,512

Crime & safety grade: A-


29. Long Grove, Illinois

Facebook/Enjoy Long GroveLong Grove is a suburb of Chicago.

Population: 8,065

Median home value: $US652,100

Median household income: $US184,208

Crime & safety grade: Not provided


28. Upper Arlington, Ohio

Facebook/The City of Upper ArlingtonUpper Arlington is a suburb of Columbus.

Population: 34,675

Median home value: $US338,000

Median household income: $US102,094

Crime & safety grade: B+


27. Indian Head Park, Illinois

Facebook/Vilage of Indian Head ParkIndian Head Park is a suburb of Chicago.

Population: 3,823

Median home value: $US237,300

Median household income: $US82,219

Crime & safety grade: A-


26. Coppell, Texas

Trong Nguyen/ShutterstockCoppell is a suburb of Dallas.

Population: 40,631

Median home value: $US317,900

Median household income: $US114,839

Crime & safety grade: bB+


25. Berkeley, California

Chao Kusollerschariya/ShutterstockBerkeley is a city in California.

Population: 118,585

Median home value: $US795,200

Median household income: $US70,393

Crime & safety grade: C+


24. Oak Park, Illinois

Thomas Barrat/ShutterstockOak Park is a suburb of Chicago.

Population: 51,989

Median home value: $US359,100

Median household income: $US82,826

Crime & safety grade: B-


23. Western Springs, Illinois

Facebook/Village of Western SpringsWestern Springs is a suburb of Chicago.

Population: 13,133

Median home value: $US530,800

Median household income: $US147,361

Crime & safety grade: A


22. Grandview Heights, Ohio

Facebook/City of Grandview Heights, OhioGrandview Heights is a suburb of Columbus.

Population: 7,191

Median home value: $US295,400

Median household income: $US95,938

Crime & safety grade: A-


21. Eden Prairie, Minnesota

Susan Rydberg/ShutterstockEden Prairie is a town in Minnesota.

Population: 63,206

Median home value: $US319,400

Median household income: $US101,094

Crime & safety grade: B+


20. Ardmore, Pennsylvania

Sean Pavone/ShutterstockArdmore is a suburb of Philadelphia.

Population: 12,592

Median home value: $US309,600

Median household income: $US80,625

Crime & safety grade: Not provided


19. Penn Wynne, Pennsylvania

Facebook/Penn Wynne HomesPenn Wynne is a suburb of Philadelphia.

Population: 5,535

Median home value: $US359,500

Median household income: $US111,319

Crime & safety grade: Not provided


18. Albany, California

Facebook/Albany, CA PatchAlbany is a suburb of San Francisco.

Population: 19,420

Median home value: $US697,600

Median household income: $US85,458

Crime & safety grade: B-


17. Beverly Hills, Michigan

Richard Feloni/Business InsiderBeverly Hills is a suburb of Detroit.

Population: 10,450

Median home value: $US320,200

Median household income: $US108,214

Crime & safety grade: B+


16. Mount Lebanon Township, Pennsylvania

Jon Bilous/ShutterstockMount Lebanon Township is a suburb of Pittsburgh.

Population: 32,865

Median home value: $US235,200

Median household income: $US86,422

Crime & safety grade: B+


15. Morrisville, North Carolina

CeGe/ShutterstockMorrisville is a suburb of Raleigh.

Population: 22,600

Median home value: $US291,400

Median household income: $US92,769

Crime & safety grade: B


14. Fishers, Indiana

Facebook/Fishers Parks & RecreationFishers is a suburb of Indianapolis.

Population: 85,887

Median home value: $US225,700

Median household income: $US97,100

Crime & safety grade: A-


13. Naperville, Illinois

Facebook/Naper SettlementNaperville is a city in Illinois.

Population: 145,789

Median home value: $US388,400

Median household income: $US110,676

Crime & safety grade: B+


12. Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin

Facebook/Village of Whitefish BayWhitefish Bay is a suburb of Milwaukee.

Population: 14,088

Median home value: $US350,700

Median household income: $US105,156

Crime & safety grade: B+


11. Bexley, Ohio

Facebook/City of Bexley, OhioBexley is a suburb of Columbus.

Population: 13,534

Median home value: $US291,900

Median household income: $US101,736

Crime & safety grade: B


10. Ann Arbor, Michigan

Visit Ann Arbor!/FacebookAnn Arbor is a city in Michigan.

Population: 118,087

Median home value: $US250,200

Median household income: $US57,697

Crime & safety grade: B-


9. Dublin, Ohio

aceshot1/ShutterstockDublin is a suburb of Columbus.

Population: 43,874

Median home value: $US352,300

Median household income: $US125,540

Crime & safety grade: B+


8. Birmingham, Michigan

Facebook/Birmingham Shopping DistrictBirmingham is a suburb of Detroit.

Population: 20,653

Median home value: $US439,000

Median household income: $US112,545

Crime & safety grade: B+


7. Brentwood, Missouri

Mein Photo/ShutterstockBrentwood is a suburb of St. Louis.

Population: 8,030

Median home value: $US208,700

Median household income: $US72,903

Crime & safety grade: B-


6. Clayton, Missouri

Facebook/City of Clayton, MissouriClayton is a suburb of St. Louis.

Population: 16,034

Median home value: $US577,300

Median household income: $US88,250

Crime & safety grade: B-


5. Buffalo Grove, Illinois

Facebook/Buffalo Grove PatchBuffalo Grove is a suburb of Chicago.

Population: 41,554

Median home value: $US299,600

Median household income: $US101,376

Crime & safety grade: A-


4. Richmond Heights, Missouri

Facebook/City of Richmond Heights, MORichmond Heights is a suburb of St Louis.

Population: 8,486

Median home value: $US237,600

Median household income: $US71,323

Crime & safety grade: C+


3. Clarendon Hills, Illinois

Facebook/Village of Clarendon HillsClarendon Hills is a suburb of Chicago.

Population: 8,641

Median home value: $US485,900

Median household income: $US111,981

Crime & safety grade: B+


2. Chesterbrook, Pennsylvania

Google MapsChesterbrook is a suburb of Philadelphia.

Population: 4,693

Median home value: $US312,600

Median household income: $US113,966

Crime & safety grade: Not provided


1. Carmel, Indiana

Population: 86,940

Median home value: $US306,500

Median household income: $US106,546

Crime & safety grade: A-

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