The 50 best suburbs in America, ranked

Fotoluminate LLC/ShutterstockCinco Ranch is a suburb of Houston, Texas.

The rising cost of living in big cities is pushing families to the suburbs.

Millennials, in particular, are on the hunt for suburbs that offer affordable homes, good jobs, and good weather. As a result, the suburbs are increasing in popularity at a rate that’s more than twice as fast as their neighbouring cities, according to The Wall Street Journal.

In fact, as of 2016, around 175 million Americans lived in the country’s suburbs. Factors that make a suburb stand out can vary depending on a person’s interests. Perks like affordable homes, good public schools, and low crime rates can make a location desirable. But with so many options and factors to weigh, it can be challenging to filter out the right suburb for you.

Read more: The 10 best places in the US for first-time homebuyers to invest in real estate right now

Niche, an American-based research company, compiled a list of the best US suburbs to live in for 2019 and ranked them according to metrics that include cost of living, school quality, crime rates, home prices, employment, and amenity access. Each factor was weighted based on available market research as well as overall relevance to the goal of the study. The influence of each factor was consistent across each suburb’s ranked score.

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.

Keep reading for a list of the 50 best suburbs in America.


50. Sixteen Mile Stand, Ohio

Google MapsSixteen Mile Stand is a suburb of Cincinnati.

Population: 3,036

Median home value: $US385,600

Median household income: $US86,473

Crime & safety grade: Not provided


49. Troy, Michigan

ShutterstockA storefront in Troy, Michigan.

Population: 83,336

Median home value: $US269,800

Median household income: $US93,017

Crime & safety grade: B-


48. The Woodlands, Texas

ShutterstockAn aerial view of The Woodlands, Texas.

Population: 109,608

Median home value: $US351,000

Median household income: $US115,083

Crime & safety grade: Not provided


47. University Heights, Iowa

Google MapsUniversity Heights is a town in Iowa.

Population: 1,242

Median home value: $US275,300

Median household income: $US72,083

Crime & safety grade: Not provided


46. South Kensington, Maryland

Google MapsSouth Kensington is a suburb of Washington, D.C.

Population: 8,684

Median home value: $US718,000

Median household income: $US160,303

Crime & safety grade: Not provided


45. Birmingham, Michigan

ShutterstockBirmingham is a suburb of Detroit.

Population: 20,836

Median home value: $US467,700

Median household income: $US114,537

Crime & safety grade: B


44. Chesterfield, Missouri

ShutterstockChesterfield is a suburb of St. Louis.

Population: 47,660

Median home value: $US360,400

Median household income: $US99,848

Crime & safety grade: B


43. Dublin, Ohio

aceshot1/ShutterstockDublin is a suburb of Columbus.

Population: 44,442

Median home value: $US357,900

Median household income: $US128,916

Crime & safety grade: B-


42. Leawood, Kansas

Jeff Zehnder/ShutterstockLeawood is a Kansas suburb.

Population: 34,195

Median home value: $US431,000

Median household income: $US151,446

Crime & safety grade: B-


41. Bexley, Ohio

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

Population: 13,659

Median home value: $US328,300

Median household income: $US104,796

Crime & safety grade: C+


40. Mount Lebanon Township, Pennsylvania

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

Population: 32,760

Median home value: $US244,800

Median household income: $US91,748

Crime & safety grade: B


39. Long Grove, Illinois

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

Population: 7,980

Median home value: $US654,200

Median household income: $US187,212

Crime & safety grade: Not provided


38. Creve Coeur, Missouri

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

Population: 18,259

Median home value: $US363,000

Median household income: $US101,462

Crime & safety grade: C+


37. Coppell, Texas

Trong Nguyen/ShutterstockCoppell is a suburb of Dallas.

Population: 41,138

Median home value: $US344,300

Median household income: $US119,936

Crime & safety grade: B-


36. Berkeley, California

Chao Kusollerschariya/ShutterstockBerkeley is a city in California.

Population: 120,179

Median home value: $US861,800

Median household income: $US75,709

Crime & safety grade: C


35. New Territory, Texas

Google MapsNew Territory is a suburb of Houston.

Population: 15,699

Median home value: $US276,800

Median household income: $US135,444

Crime & safety grade: Not provided


34. Garrett Park, Maryland

Google MapsGarret Park is a suburb in Washington, D.C.

Population: 1,020

Median home value: $US810,000

Median household income: $US173,889

Crime & safety grade: Not provided


33. Madeira, Ohio

Google MapsMadeira is a suburb of Cincinnati.

Population: 8,993

Median home value: $US266,400

Median household income: $US97,292

Crime & safety grade: Not provided


32. Cary, North Carolina

ShutterstockCary is a suburb of Raleigh.

Population: 159,715

Median home value: $US323,000

Median household income: $US97,755

Crime & safety grade: B-


31. Ann Arbor, Michigan

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

Population: 119,303

Median home value: $US271,600

Median household income: $US61,247

Crime & safety grade: B-


30. Brentwood, Missouri

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

Population: 8,025

Median home value: $US213,300

Median household income: $US74,650

Crime & safety grade: B-


29. Cinco Ranch, Texas

Fotoluminate LLC/ShutterstockCinco Ranch is a suburb of Houston.

Population: 18,200

Median home value: $US329,400

Median household income: $US141,992

Crime & safety grade: Not provided


28. Cascades, Virginia

ShutterstockCascades is a suburb of Washington, D.C.

Population: 12,132

Median home value: $US477,000

Median household income: $US141,741

Crime & safety grade: Not provided


27. Greatwood, Texas

Facebook/Greatwood realtyGreatwood is a suburb of Houston.

Population: 12,437

Median home value: $US322,000

Median household income: $US148,047

Crime & safety grade: Not provided


26. Swarthmore, Pennsylvania

ShutterstockSwarthmore is a suburb of Philadelphia.

Population: 6,243

Median home value: $US387,800

Median household income: $US106,737

Crime & safety grade: A-


25. Holly Hills, Colorado

Google MapsHolly Hills is a suburb of Denver.

Population: 2,797

Median home value: $US370,400

Median household income: $US117,917

Crime & safety grade: Not provided


24. Bloomfield Charter Township, Michigan

Google MapsBloomfield Charter Township is a suburb of Detroit.

Population: 41,969

Median home value: $US385,400

Median household income: $US123,086

Crime & safety grade: Not provided


23. Morrisville, North Carolina

CeGe/ShutterstockMorrisville is a suburb of Raleigh.

Population: 23,873

Median home value: $US304,500

Median household income: $US95,763

Crime & safety grade: B


22. North Bethesda, Maryland

ShutterstockNorth Bethesda is a suburb of Washington, D.C.

Population: 50,056

Median home value: $US550,900

Median household income: $US103,194

Crime & safety grade: Not provided


21. Berwyn, Pennsylvania

Google MapsBerwyn is a suburb of Philadelphia.

Population: 3,405

Median home value: $US445,600

Median household income: $US100,857

Crime & safety grade: Not provided


20. Buffalo Grove, Illinois

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

Population: 41,551

Median home value: $US314,500

Median household income: $US106,564

Crime & safety grade: B+


19. Arlington, Virginia

BrianPlrwin/ShutterstockArlington is a city in Virginia.

Population: 229,534

Median home value: $US643,300

Median household income: $US112,138

Crime & safety grade: Not provided


18. Decatur, Georgia

alans1948/FlickrDecatur is a suburb of Atlanta.

Population: 22,022

Median home value: $US418,700

Median household income: $US92,263

Crime & safety grade: C+


17. Brookline, Massachusetts

Facebook/Town of BrooklineBrookline is a suburb of Boston.

Population: 59,246

Median home value: $US829,300

Median household income: $US111,289

Crime & safety grade: B


16. Fishers, Indiana

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

Population: 87,557

Median home value: $US240,100

Median household income: $US101,469

Crime & safety grade: B-


15. North Potomac, Maryland

ShutterstockNorth Potomac is a suburb of Washington, D.C.

Population: 24,236

Median home value: $US656,900

Median household income: $US161,553

Crime & safety grade: Not provided


14. Elm Grove, Wisconsin

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

Population: 6,127

Median home value: $US360,800

Median household income: $US113,750

Crime & safety grade: A-


13. Ardmore, Pennsylvania

Sean Pavone/ShutterstockArdmore is a suburb of Philadelphia.

Population: 13,193

Median home value: $US320,100

Median household income: $US87,807

Crime & safety grade: Not provided


12. Shaker Heights, Ohio

ShutterstockShaker Heights is a suburb of Cleveland.

Population: 27,749

Median home value: $US218,500

Median household income: $US82,830

Crime & safety grade: Not provided


11. Stone Ridge, Virginia

Google MapsStone Ridge is a suburb of Washington, D.C.

Population: 11,803

Median home value: $US438,000

Median household income: $US139,400

Crime & safety grade: Not provided


10. Prairie Village, Kansas

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

Population: 21,932

Median home value: $US243,800

Median household income: $US84,106

Crime & safety grade: B


9. Clarendon Hills, Illinois

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

Population: 8,680

Median home value: $US478,500

Median household income: $US113,447

Crime & safety grade: B


8. Grandview Heights, Ohio

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

Population: 7,377

Median home value: $US313,700

Median household income: $US98,806

Crime & safety grade: A-


7. Los Alamos, New Mexico

ShutterstockLos Alamos is a town in New Mexico.

Population: 12,035

Median home value: $US291,800

Median household income: $US101,399

Crime & safety grade: B


6. Penn Wynne, Pennsylvania

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

Population: 5,720

Median home value: $US367,400

Median household income: $US115,625

Crime & safety grade: Not provided


5. Clayton, Missouri

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

Population: 16,214

Median home value: $US590,800

Median household income: $US91,531

Crime & safety grade: B


4. Richmond Heights, Missouri

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

Population: 8,466

Median home value: $US244,600

Median household income: $US76,081

Crime & safety grade: C


3. Chesterbrook, Pennsylvania

Google MapsChesterbrook is a suburb of Philadelphia.

Population: 4,675

Median home value: $US318,400

Median household income: $US115,446

Crime & safety grade: Not provided


2. Okemos, Michigan

Google MapsOkemos is a town in Michigan.

Population: 22,989

Median home value: $US213,600

Median household income: $US74,568

Crime & safety grade: Not provided


1. Carmel, Indiana

Population: 88,595

Median home value: $US320,400

Median household income: $US109,201

Crime & safety grade: B+

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