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Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
CEO of Vision Drive Realty - Coastal San Diego

                                Steve Endow - The Blog: My source code ...

Polls are meant to be devisive to get people to talk and debate - that is why they are created. San Diego is #1 in my heart and #8 on this list. I mean no offense, but being a Bay Area native, I don't see how Fremont beat out so many other nicer cities (to me) in The Bay Area- I've lived in 10 cities in The Bay Area and although I worked in Fremont for many years, and I do like Fremont -I'd never have chosen it over any of the other 10 I lived in...well maybe 8/10 😂 And if the Bay Area was that high ranking I'd have never moved from it to San Diego. Lists are meant to do exactly what I'm doing: responding in debate mode. LOL. We all will defend our cities of choice, rightfully so, the list means next to nothing beyond the debate and supporting your choice to live there. Congratulations on your #1.

Jun 08, 2024 08:43 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

If you're considering the cost of housing, I am shocked at anything in California or Seattle. Kansas, Arizona, Idaho, Wisconsin, South Dakota, etc. I can believe.

Jun 08, 2024 07:21 AM
Michael Elliott
Fathom Realty - Burlington Township, NJ
Burlington, New Jersey Residential Sales

In my own personal survey, Burlington Twp. is #1.   It was a long, 30+ year study.

Jun 08, 2024 07:39 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services


No matter the "ranking" as "best and worst" I rank my city. Rank is the operative word.  

Jun 08, 2024 09:16 AM
Pete Xavier
Investments to Luxury - Pacific Palisades, CA
Outstanding Agent Referrals-Nationwide

I just know Fremont is a great place of refuge (from San Fran) in East Bay where I've loaded up on fuel and Asian buffets many times, good memories!


I'm looking for a place to raise a family (pack) of dogs...so my criteria is very different.

Jun 08, 2024 08:20 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

When I was considering retirement, this subject came up as to "where is the best bang for my retirement buck so to speak". Fresh air, no pollution, no traffic, noise, no homeless, crime, congestion, medical needs, shopping/retail, car repair, taxes, insurance and a bunch more. I checked several states and saw plus & minus. California has quite a few plusses followed by clear take-aways. Let each person do their homework & conclude for themselves "the best"

Jun 08, 2024 12:58 PM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I see Gilbert, AZ at #6, not too shabby!  Also, a couple of other nearby cities in the Top 20!

Jun 09, 2024 05:14 AM
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

"While not perfect — given personal preferences and the limitations of publicly available data...." 

So so many small safe affordable communities missed on this one John Juarez due to limitations of what you find with online search and not personal visit.

small town simple values

Jun 08, 2024 10:16 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Not on the list.

Jun 08, 2024 09:15 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

I am still in Peru, and could not open the link, so wondering where Denver landed.

Jun 08, 2024 08:32 AM
Steve Higgins
RE/MAX Kelowna - Kelowna, BC

Thanks for sharing John, I am surprised by some of the rankings. I wouldn't have guessed Seattle WA would rank 5th. 

Jun 08, 2024 06:44 PM
Don Baker
Lane Realty - Eatonton, GA
Lake Sinclair Specialist

Thankfully not ranked.  We still take cash around here and wallethub doesn't know we exist.  And Seattle #5?  Have they seen the news?  Raising my family where the city was taken over by thugs and the police station burned down?  I don't trust their rankings too much.

Jun 08, 2024 01:30 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Congratulations. I do not know the number for Gaithersburg, MD.

Jun 08, 2024 11:47 AM
Peter Mohylsky, Destin BeachPro
PMI. Destin - Miramar Beach, FL
Call me at 850-517-7098

Congrats, I guess.  Nothing in my area on the list  I feel for all the families who are raising kids here.  Oh well.  

Jun 08, 2024 09:16 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

I see Bismark North Dakota ranks #11 John Juarez . I'm glad we are not ranked in Minot... I'd hate for the word to get out about how great out community is.

Jun 09, 2024 10:37 AM
Katina Hargrove 352-551-0308
Stake Your Land Realty, Inc. - Eustis, FL
Broker/Owner, SFR®, e-PRO®, GRI, AHWD, REALTOR®

John Juarez 

My city is not ranked, but this is one of the best spots to visit on ATV riding.

Jun 09, 2024 08:24 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Congrats on the high ranking John!

Jun 09, 2024 01:09 AM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

not on the list at all

Jun 08, 2024 01:36 PM
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

Interesting . . . I wouldn't raise my kids anywhere there is gun control. LOL 

Jun 08, 2024 09:29 AM
Matthew Sturkie, CRS, GRI 909-969-3805
Action Realty - Apple Valley, CA
CRS, GRI 909-969-3805

My city is not on the list. 

Jun 09, 2024 09:27 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Oswego, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

My question is how Los Angeles is in the top 100? As for Chicago did not see it in the top 182 so I am leaving for a far, far west suburb!

Jun 10, 2024 04:01 AM