Another Great Top-10 List — The Best Suburbs in the U.S.A.
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More than one-half of all Americans now reside in a suburbia–no kidding, and I was not aware of that–yet we do not typically hear much, on a national basis, about suburbs or specific developments. In a just-released study, Coldwell Banker Real Estate, in conjunction with Onboard Infomatics, analyzed and scored more than 11,000 suburban markets focusing on proximity to amenities and schools, commute times and safety (read that as crime statistics).
The top ten-list includes:
- Cherry Hills Village, Colorado
- Clyde Hill, Washington
- Haworth, New Jersey
- Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey
- Wolf Trap, Virginia
- Ho-Ho-Kus, New Jersey
- Indian Hills, Kentucky
- East Grand Rapids, Michigan
- Rossmoor, California
- Huntington Woods, Michigan
For details on both the top-ten list, summary items and the rankings of the top five suburbs in each state click here.
From the Coldwell Banker Real Estate press release, they noted the following:
- Crime is 40 percent lower in the suburbs on average, with the top-ten suburbs 68 percent less
- People residing in the suburbs spend four times more money making home-cooked meals than they spend eating out
- 92 percent of suburbanites commute to work with an average drive time of 25 minutes vs. 88 percent of Americans that commute (with almost an identical drive time)
- Homeownership in the suburbs is roughly 75 percent vs. the national average of 67 percent (with homeownership of the top-ten at a whopping 94 percent)
- In the top-ten ranking, there are multiple times the number of nearby amenities, and their residents have double the probability of completing do-it-yourself decoration and home improvement projects.
This is one of now many studies and analyses that Coldwell Bank is completing—which are referenced in the report link above.
In the latest National Association of Realtors® Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers, home buyers rated the most important item they wanted from their agent was to find the right home to purchase. And it is knowledge such as the information included in the Coldwell Banker study that make real estate agents so valuable.
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And thanks Coldwell Banker for research that helps people make better informed decisions through information.