Austin Estates Struggle in a Connected City of Bryan TX

Inability to have adequate internet service may appear like a silly thing to protest. True that the Internet is used for entertainment purposes, like social media, YouTube, etc. However, there are many other required uses now that our society is revolving around and demanding. Not just our society, but the World as a whole. Just about every industry is moving their business forward with technology, all lead by what? Ability? Connectivity? You bet.

What CAN you NOT do without internet?

Function. Pay bills, manage financial accounts – trade stock, accounting, news, research, take classes in a virtual classroom, receive communication for kid’s school events, and the list continues to grow as our society grows and conforms to this new way of life.  The cloud? Yeah, definitely way out of reach for DSL users.

The simplest, but required, activities are not possible. For example, from a consumer standpoint, just the ability to login to access financial records, answer emails, pay bills – these all would be considered standard practices for just about anyone/everyone. Considering recent catastrophic events, this becomes an absolute necessity when postal service shuts down.

Not to mention that you cannot enjoy what others in the same city, even blocks away can enjoy for home entertainment options. Our homes are assessed at the same tax rate as everyone else. We receive poor quality services at higher prices buying inoperable results that that do not begin to meet the requirements of today.

Amazon, HULU, NetFlix, and even Dish services require internet services to enjoy rented and/or purchased movies. However, if you had internet, and you were not concerned about the availability of certain channels, you could eliminate your dish service completely, a savings of about $150 a month.

You pay more for service that is intermittent, and consecutive use is limited to no more than a minute or two without timing out, waiting and reconnecting. Currently, I personally pay over 150.00 per month (INTERNET ONLY), and the results of the speed test that I just ran show download speed of 6.8 and upload speed of 0.797. In June 2016, The Federal Communications Commission defines internet speed of at least 25 Mbps downstream and 3 Mbps upstream (25/3.  I would die for this kind of service!  That is the minimum standard! I pay for the maximum amount of bandwidth offered.

What else does it limit?

Security Products? Energy Efficient products? Smart Products. Never going to happen.  Even if you had enough service at any given time to run your security system, would you really want an intermittent security system? So, now you pay for 2 services that do not work?

You are never going to be able to have the “smart home” features. Don’t even waste the money. I installed a Ring Doorbell. What a joke that was. No security feature there.  So, spent another $500 on just equipment to try and boost the signal to the doorbell.  I might as well just give the money to my 9-year-old.

Buyers do not want our homes!

I am in Real Estate and I can confirm based on my own experiences with buyers; buyer’s do not want to buy houses without internet options that offer capabilities of the high-speed internet. (remember this argument for tax time next year)

Imagine yourself as a buyer. Would you buy a home without internet service? Or even one with Frontier?  I certainly would never do it again! In Mr. Picard’s article, he writes

“Anecdotally, I hear all the time that people pass up houses [without broadband availability],” he says, “but I don’t have any way to quantify that.”

Realtor.com published another article not only finding the same conclusion, but those with the Internet have an increased home value. “A 2014 study by the University of Wisconsin at Whitewater also found that access to the Internet could increase a home’s value

Our Kids need it too!

Another article reports “Home Internet access and parental support were significantly positively associated with technology self-efficacy, interest in technology, perceived importance of the Internet, and perceived impact of the Internet on learning. Findings from this study have significant implications for research and practice on how to narrow down the digital divide.” (Lei and Zhou 2012)  United Nations Report Declares Internet Access a Human Right article by Jenny Wilson writes in Time Magazine

So, what is considered “A Fundamental Right”?

An online resource provided an article describing a poll conducted by BBC World Service stating the following:  “Almost four in five people around the world believe that access to the internet is a fundamental right, a poll for the BBC World Service suggests. The survey – of more than 27,000 adults across 26 countries – found strong support for net access on both sides of the digital divide.

Countries such as Finland and Estonia have already ruled that access is a human right for their citizens.

International bodies such as the UN are also pushing for universal net access.” (Internet access is a fundamental right BBC News n.d.)

“A United Nations report released Friday declares Internet access a human right. Presented to the General Assembly, the report by UN Special Rapporteur Frank La Rue states that, “the Internet has become a key means by which individuals can exercise their right to freedom and expression.” (LA Times via The Atlantic Wire) Top French Court has declared Internet Access a “Basic Human Life” – and by this definition my takeaway? I don’t even get the basics?

Overall, almost 79% of those questioned said they either strongly agreed or somewhat agreed with the description of the internet as a fundamental right – whether they currently had access or not.

Sound silly that it be a “Human Right”?  Not in our times.

Theories have been formed around statistical research that 1) confirmed the right and 2) tested the right and confirmed the results. (Wang

, Time to Think about Human Right to the Internet Access: A Beitz’s Approach 2013)

In the same worldwide poll conducted by BBC, their findings show that specifically in the USA that the internet has given them greater freedoms. Is this not a human right?

Now that we all agree that this is a fundamental right, whose responsibility is it?

Based on my research I have concluded that the responsibility falls upon the providers through both their core business model as well as their corporate social responsibility.  I do believe that it is a collective responsibility of the city.  There must be a resolve. In my efforts alone I have exhausted all possibilities. Today was the final blow. The local cable company gave an initial quote for MY STREET ONLY of $300,000.00 to bring internet 30’. So – the way I interpret that is that I am to pay them $300,000.00 to bring their service to new accounts that will make them money. Hmm.

As most Realtors, I have a dedicated home office. Recently I closed my office in town because it was impossible for me to be in two places at one time and the agents are either working out of their home or showing houses. Besides, most of the functionality of my business is online and out in the field. Rarely am I conducting any face-to-face business activities that are not either in someone else’s house, a title company or Starbucks for coffee. My office expense was $3000.00 a month.

Does it seem reasonable to pay $3000.00 a month for the Internet?

The job expectations from both my traditional and corporate clients require the immediate and constant use of the Internet – often for hours upon hours.

  • Answer emails immediately and the repercussions if not done? They go elsewhere. I just received my monthly report from my email service. In August, I had 8102 emails received and sent 384. That is 12.8 emails sent per day (averaged) and 270 emails received per day. Most of them arriving all at once because of the inability for continuous service.
  • Login to the corporate portals and complete the asset manage property requirements. (there are no apps or compatible browsers to allow mobile phone completion, and if there were, the bandwidth used to try and upload/download would send my bill to match my tax bill.
  • Internet for evaluating properties – accessing MLS, job performance requirements.

30 Days and 7 files added? For the kind of traffic of 8000 plus emails, you can imagine that is transferring of documents, etc. The cloud is not an option. Uploading anything is impossible. – see upload rate above.

Educational restrictions – let it be said

I just completed a class at UC Irvine. It was almost impossible for me to stay connected in an online meeting room to complete a team project. I ended up having to get the notes and discuss over the phone.  My inability to communicate via connected with visuals lead to excessive work.

  • Our children are EXPECTED to have online access. We don’t get grades anymore! We get an emailed link to go to a site.
    • We are supposed to order lunches from school portal
    • We are supposed to get parent/school communications through email and portal access.
    • Kids use online education resources and research, google slides etc.

Seriously, I could go on. Please tell me you get the point.

The effort?

I feel that if a city annexes an area, imposing a citywide tax rate, there should be an equal distribution of services among the taxpayers – or at a minimum to provide services the basic & fundamental needs.  Instead, we are penalized by high taxes, ineffective DSL, high water bills for private providers, (which is at the end of the Wixon Water lines with inability to increase pressure – which means that there is a substantial question of whether the hydrants could push enough water to put out a house in flames, but that is just another issue).

While I am not a city planner, not by any stretch of the imagination, I am a business owner. I do understand the concept of supply and demand. Should these things not be a consideration before you annex area? If you do not own the water lines, why do you put the burden on the resident and apply the same tax rate as those being supplied public water? More importantly, what about the financial burden this creates for homeowners here lack of services drives their property values down? Not just down but out of the market.We do as much as we possibly can to improve our home, and based on the continued increase in my assessed value by the taxing authority, they think so too. Yet I will never be able to sell my house if I wanted to or had to.  I think there is a definite obligation & responsibility. Don’t you?

For more reading, http://vtrural.org/programs/digital-economy/services/wifi/toolkit

https://www.fcc.gov/consumers/guides/getting-broadband

References

n.d. How fast should my Internet connection be to watch … Accessed 9 21, 2017. http://entertainment.howstuffworks.com/fast-internet-connection-for-streaming-hd-movies1.htm.

n.d. Internet access is a fundamental right BBC News. Accessed 9 21, 2017. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/8548190.stm.

Lei, Jing, and Jingye Zhou. 2012. “Digital Divide: How Do Home Internet Access and Parental Support Affect Student Outcomes?” Education Sciences 2 (1): 45-53. Accessed 9 21, 2017. http://mdpi.com/2227-7102/2/1/45.

Wang, Xiaowei. 2013. “Time to Think about Human Right to the Internet Access: A Beitz’s Approach.” Journal of Programming Languages 6 (3): 67. Accessed 9 21, 2017. http://ccsenet.org/journal/index.php/jpl/article/download/29976/17759.

Wilson, Jenny. 2011. United Nations Report Declares Internet Access a Human Right. June 07. http://techland.time.com/2011/06/07/united-nations-report-declares-internet-access-a-human-right/.

 

 

 

2017’s Property Taxes by State

Mar 1, 2017 | John S Kiernan, Senior Writer & Editor WalletHub

Property taxes are insignificant to some and the bane of others’ existence. The average American household spends $2,149 on property taxes for their homes each year, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, and residents of the 27 states with vehicle property taxes shell out another $402 Considering these figures and the debt-fueled environment to which we have grown so accustomed, it should come as no surprise that roughly $11.8 billion in property taxes go unpaid each year, the National Tax Lien Association has found.

And though property taxes might appear to be a non-issue for the 37 percent of renter households, that couldn’t be further from the truth. We all pay property taxes, whether directly or indirectly, as they impact the rent we pay as well as the finances of state and local governments.

But which states pack the biggest property-tax punch, and what should residents keep in mind when it comes to meeting and ultimately minimizing their tax obligations? In search of answers, we analyzed the 50 states and the District of Columbia in terms of real-estate and vehicle property taxes. We also consulted a panel of property-tax experts for insights both practical and political. Read on for our findings and methodology.

Real-Estate Tax Ranking

Source: WalletHub

Rank

State

Effective Real-Estate Tax Rate

Annual Taxes on $179K Home*

State Median Home Value

Annual Taxes on Home Priced at State Median Value

1 Hawaii 0.27% $487 $515,300 $1,406
2 Alabama 0.43% $773 $125,500 $543
3 Louisiana 0.49% $876 $144,100 $707
4 Delaware 0.54% $959 $231,500 $1,243
5 District of Columbia 0.56% $1,000 $475,800 $2,665
6 South Carolina 0.57% $1,019 $139,900 $798
7 West Virginia 0.58% $1,044 $103,800 $607
8 Colorado 0.60% $1,073 $247,800 $1,489
9 Wyoming 0.61% $1,097 $194,800 $1,196
10 Arkansas 0.62% $1,111 $111,400 $693
11 Utah 0.68% $1,218 $215,900 $1,472
12 New Mexico 0.74% $1,324 $160,300 $1,188
13 Tennessee 0.75% $1,335 $142,100 $1,062
14 Idaho 0.76% $1,366 $162,900 $1,246
15 Mississippi 0.79% $1,408 $103,100 $813
16 Virginia 0.80% $1,420 $245,000 $1,948
T-17 California 0.81% $1,438 $385,500 $3,104
T-17 Arizona 0.81% $1,446 $167,500 $1,356
T-19 Montana 0.85% $1,525 $193,500 $1,652
T-19 Kentucky 0.85% $1,511 $123,200 $1,042
T-19 North Carolina 0.85% $1,524 $154,900 $1,322
T-19 Nevada 0.85% $1,523 $173,700 $1,481
23 Indiana 0.87% $1,560 $124,200 $1,085
24 Oklahoma 0.88% $1,569 $117,900 $1,036
25 Georgia 0.94% $1,685 $148,100 $1,397
26 Missouri 1.00% $1,790 $138,400 $1,387
27 Florida 1.06% $1,894 $159,000 $1,686
T-28 Oregon 1.08% $1,929 $237,300 $2,563
T-28 Washington 1.08% $1,931 $259,500 $2,805
30 Maryland 1.10% $1,956 $286,900 $3,142
31 North Dakota 1.12% $2,000 $153,800 $1,722
T-32 Alaska 1.18% $2,112 $250,000 $2,956
T-32 Minnesota 1.18% $2,110 $186,200 $2,200
34 Massachusetts 1.20% $2,139 $333,100 $3,989
35 Maine 1.30% $2,321 $173,800 $2,259
36 South Dakota 1.34% $2,389 $140,500 $1,879
37 Kansas 1.40% $2,502 $132,000 $1,849
38 Iowa 1.48% $2,649 $129,200 $1,916
39 Pennsylvania 1.53% $2,725 $166,000 $2,533
40 Ohio 1.56% $2,794 $129,900 $2,032
41 New York 1.62% $2,899 $283,400 $4,600
42 Rhode Island 1.63% $2,915 $238,000 $3,884
43 Vermont 1.74% $3,116 $217,500 $3,795
44 Michigan 1.78% $3,172 $122,400 $2,174
45 Nebraska 1.85% $3,308 $133,200 $2,467
46 Texas 1.90% $3,386 $136,000 $2,578
47 Wisconsin 1.96% $3,499 $165,800 $3,248
48 Connecticut 1.97% $3,517 $270,500 $5,327
49 New Hampshire 2.15% $3,838 $237,300 $5,100
50 Illinois 2.30% $4,105 $173,800 $3,995
51 New Jersey 2.35% $4,189 $315,900 $7,410

*$178,600 is the median home value in the U.S. as of 2015, the year of the most recent available data.

 

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2017’s Best Places to Flip Houses

Source: WalletHub

 

Aug 1, 2017  |  Richie Bernardo, Senior Writer WalletHub

Source: WalletHub
 If you’re among the millions of HGTV viewers who’ve seen an episode of “Flip or Flop,” you’ve probably thought about the thrill of gutting a house and turning a five- or six-figure profit. But before you demo that pink-tiled ’80s kitchen, you need a stern reality check from the Property Brothers. Any experienced home flipper would caution you that transforming a real-estate beast into a bankable beauty is never as easy as it looks on TV.

In other words, don’t get your hands dirty until you’ve learned a thing or two about real estate, construction and how much damage your project could do to your wallet — and to the beam that’s keeping the roof from collapsing. Breathing new life into a low-cost property won’t necessarily return your full investment and allow you to pocket another $62,624, the average gross flipping profit in 2016. While home flipping enjoys its highest rate since 2007, according to RealtyTrac, the current homeownership rate is near the previous half-century low of 62.9 percent, which may translate to fewer potential buyers off the bat, depending on the location of your revamped property.

To help you choose the right market to list your masterpiece, WalletHub’s analysts compared the 150 largest U.S. cities across 22 key indicators of market potential, cost and quality of life. Our data set ranges from median purchase price to average full home remodeling costs to housing-market health index. Read on for the winners, expert home-flipping advice and a full description of our methodology.

Overall Rank (1 = Best) City Total Score ‘Market Potential’ Rank ‘Renovation & Remodeling Costs’ Rank ‘Quality of Life’ Rank
1 El Paso, TX 69.60 95 9 48
2 Sioux Falls, SD 69.52 122 7 29
3 Fort Wayne, IN 67.38 106 16 46
4 Peoria, AZ 66.60 97 6 6
5 Oklahoma City, OK 66.56 30 15 37
6 Tampa, FL 66.51 8 19 66
7 Grand Rapids, MI 65.00 25 29 38
8 Boise, ID 64.97 129 8 13
9 Greensboro, NC 64.82 48 11 49
10 Springfield, MO 64.61 115 5 100
11 Chandler, AZ 64.58 65 44 5
12 Lubbock, TX 64.57 86 36 54
13 Little Rock, AR 64.13 43 2 94
14 Tulsa, OK 63.77 26 14 90
15 Knoxville, TN 63.61 21 4 114
16 Orlando, FL 63.18 29 23 70
17 Colorado Springs, CO 63.09 51 46 17
18 Jackson, MS 62.64 119 3 136
19 Nashville, TN 62.54 56 12 64
20 Wichita, KS 62.48 31 21 107
21 Gilbert, AZ 62.43 88 62 2
22 Virginia Beach, VA 61.96 18 70 34
23 Huntsville, AL 61.94 40 37 45
24 Pembroke Pines, FL 61.92 33 63 25
25 Des Moines, IA 61.50 67 1 102
26 New Orleans, LA 61.20 7 38 112
27 Lexington-Fayette, KY 61.11 15 67 57
28 Mobile, AL 60.96 12 13 141
29 Laredo, TX 60.93 149 41 73
30 Henderson, NV 60.92 94 35 23
31 Albuquerque, NM 60.69 45 27 106
32 Corpus Christi, TX 60.49 138 54 68
33 Lincoln, NE 60.29 76 47 27
34 Spokane, WA 60.08 16 48 105
35 Glendale, AZ 59.69 59 18 91
36 St. Petersburg, FL 59.26 6 79 79
37 Shreveport, LA 59.15 62 10 147
38 Denver, CO 59.06 111 50 15
39 Overland Park, KS 58.97 123 73 7
40 Memphis, TN 58.93 2 40 146
41 Columbus, OH 58.87 52 52 60
42 Winston-Salem, NC 58.73 22 55 101
43 Louisville, KY 58.71 37 53 82
44 Phoenix, AZ 58.60 61 22 92
45 Raleigh, NC 58.27 104 45 30
46 Aurora, CO 58.15 100 60 22
47 Montgomery, AL 57.99 66 20 138
48 Grand Prairie, TX 57.99 107 59 12
49 Las Vegas, NV 57.92 90 25 74
50 Augusta, GA 57.63 20 32 143
51 Cape Coral, FL 57.61 98 71 18
52 Durham, NC 57.42 50 68 61
53 San Antonio, TX 57.20 145 24 67
54 Brownsville, TX 57.18 150 33 124
55 Jacksonville, FL 57.10 14 69 111
56 Tempe, AZ 57.07 60 51 81
57 Charlotte, NC 57.04 64 75 36
58 Tallahassee, FL 56.95 42 34 128
59 Chesapeake, VA 56.73 47 77 43
60 Arlington, TX 56.45 105 28 71
61 North Las Vegas, NV 56.38 73 26 99
62 Fayetteville, NC 56.05 102 30 133
63 Tucson, AZ 55.99 68 17 132
64 Kansas City, MO 55.91 120 39 80
65 Austin, TX 55.85 146 65 19
66 Akron, OH 55.84 35 42 137
67 Norfolk, VA 55.25 34 78 85
68 Mesa, AZ 55.23 70 72 53
69 Port St. Lucie, FL 55.21 83 85 24
70 Fort Worth, TX 55.19 136 43 47
71 Pittsburgh, PA 55.16 11 107 69
72 Cincinnati, OH 55.13 9 80 118
73 Plano, TX 55.09 114 103 4
74 Indianapolis, IN 55.04 139 31 96
75 Amarillo, TX 55.01 140 91 42
76 Tacoma, WA 54.82 23 81 104
77 Richmond, VA 54.63 19 102 77
78 Scottsdale, AZ 54.55 87 104 8
79 Toledo, OH 54.06 28 66 131
80 Salt Lake City, UT 53.81 126 64 63
81 Baltimore, MD 53.71 4 92 135
82 Reno, NV 53.63 133 56 50
83 Madison, WI 53.62 92 115 21
84 Fort Lauderdale, FL 53.58 49 58 134
85 St. Paul, MN 53.10 75 90 40
86 Modesto, CA 53.06 96 49 115
87 Philadelphia, PA 53.02 3 111 126
88 Baton Rouge, LA 52.98 77 57 125
89 Columbus, GA 52.92 27 61 144
90 Hialeah, FL 52.68 24 83 121
91 Rancho Cucamonga, CA 52.65 110 93 14
92 Omaha, NE 52.47 101 74 75
93 Seattle, WA 52.10 41 128 16
94 Sacramento, CA 52.04 79 84 72
95 Cleveland, OH 51.87 1 105 148
96 Buffalo, NY 51.42 10 96 130
97 Garland, TX 51.41 128 82 44
98 Anchorage, AK 51.39 80 95 89
99 Chattanooga, TN 51.27 5 116 120
100 Irvine, CA 51.03 135 124 1
101 Washington, DC 50.74 81 99 58
102 Newport News, VA 50.57 39 101 110
103 Irving, TX 50.32 121 106 26
104 Minneapolis, MN 49.99 72 119 41
105 Milwaukee, WI 49.24 54 94 117
106 Ontario, CA 49.19 109 97 52
107 Santa Clarita, CA 48.91 134 110 11
108 Vancouver, WA 48.62 69 117 62
109 Riverside, CA 48.46 99 108 65
110 Miami, FL 47.97 91 87 116
111 Rochester, NY 47.86 38 89 145
112 Providence, RI 47.78 44 98 140
113 Aurora, IL 47.62 71 131 32
114 Detroit, MI 47.44 53 76 149
115 Fresno, CA 47.25 46 100 139
116 Portland, OR 47.23 82 126 35
117 Birmingham, AL 47.14 17 88 150
118 Stockton, CA 46.53 58 109 119
119 Santa Rosa, CA 46.41 63 139 28
120 Fontana, CA 46.25 116 122 39
121 Garden Grove, CA 45.86 125 114 51
122 Houston, TX 45.73 137 86 123
123 Chula Vista, CA 45.64 118 127 33
124 Dallas, TX 45.44 112 112 87
125 San Diego, CA 45.35 113 132 31
126 Moreno Valley, CA 45.33 108 118 78
127 St. Louis, MO 45.31 13 137 122
128 Anaheim, CA 44.63 124 120 76
129 Chicago, IL 44.32 55 133 93
130 Worcester, MA 44.06 36 135 113
131 San Bernardino, CA 43.80 93 113 127
132 Santa Ana, CA 43.17 117 121 97
133 Oceanside, CA 43.05 103 125 83
134 Huntington Beach, CA 42.92 132 138 20
135 Bakersfield, CA 42.01 84 130 109
136 Long Beach, CA 41.95 130 123 95
137 Glendale, CA 40.54 127 129 84
138 Atlanta, GA 40.24 32 141 129
139 Fremont, CA 39.80 143 147 3
140 Jersey City, NJ 39.33 85 144 55
141 Honolulu, HI 37.95 148 136 59
142 Boston, MA 37.80 89 148 56
143 San Jose, CA 37.78 144 146 9
144 New York, NY 37.38 78 145 86
145 Oxnard, CA 37.26 147 134 88
146 Los Angeles, CA 36.83 131 140 108
147 San Francisco, CA 34.38 142 150 10
148 Newark, NJ 34.31 57 142 142
149 Yonkers, NY 34.21 74 149 98
150 Oakland, CA 31.97 141 143 103

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Methodology

In order to determine the best and worst cities to flip houses, WalletHub’s analysts compared the 150 most populated cities across three key dimensions: 1) Market Potential, 2) Renovation & Remodeling Costs and 3) Quality of Life.

We evaluated those dimensions using 22 relevant metrics, which are listed below with their corresponding weights. Each metric was graded on a 100-point scale, with a score of 100 representing the most favorable conditions for house flipping.

Finally, we determined each city’s weighted average across all metrics to calculate its total score and used the resulting scores to rank-order our sample. Our sample considers only the city proper in each case and excludes cities in the surrounding metro area.

For context, “home flipping” is a real-estate term for buying a property with the purpose of reselling it for a profit, which is generated through appreciation of the home’s value or repairs and renovations.

Market Potential – Total Points: 35

  • Average Gross Return on Investment (ROI): Triple Weight (~8.75 Points)
  • Median Purchase Price: Full Weight (~2.92 Points)
  • Share of Home Flips: Full Weight (~2.92 Points)
  • Average Days to Flip: Full Weight (~2.92 Points)
  • Home Turnover Rate (2015 vs. 2014): Full Weight (~2.92 Points)
    Note: This metric specifically measures the percentage of all homes sold in one year.
  • Housing-Market Health Index: Full Weight (~2.92 Points)
  • Average Ratio of Sale Price to List Price: Full Weight (~2.92 Points)
  • Real-Estate Agents per Capita: Full Weight (~2.92 Points)
  • Foreclosed Homes per 10,000 Homes: Full Weight (~2.92 Points)
  • Real-Estate Tax Rate: Full Weight (~2.92 Points)
    Note: This metric was calculated as follows: Median Real-Estate Tax / Median House Price.

Renovation & Remodeling Costs – Total Points: 35

  • Average Kitchen Remodeling Costs: Full Weight (~8.75 Points)
  • Average Bathroom Remodeling Costs: Full Weight (~8.75 Points)
  • Average Full Home Remodeling Costs: Full Weight (~8.75 Points)
  • Average Construction-Worker Salary: Full Weight (~8.75 Points)
    Note: “Construction Worker” includes plumbers, electricians, carpenters, etc.

Quality of Life – Total Points: 30

  • Crime Rate: Full Weight (~3.75 Points)
  • GreatSchools City Score: Full Weight (~3.75 Points)
  • Share of Population with Walkable Park Access: Full Weight (~3.75 Points)
  • Family-Friendliness: Full Weight (~3.75 Points)
    Note: This metric is based on WalletHub’s “Best & Worst Cities for Families” ranking.
  • Annual Job-Growth Rate: Full Weight (~3.75 Points)
  • Unemployment Rate: Full Weight (~3.75 Points)
  • Median Salary: Full Weight (~3.75 Points)
    Note: This metric was adjusted for cost of living.
  • Pace of Economic Growth: Full Weight (~3.75 Points)
    Note: This metric is based on WalletHub’s “Fastest-Growing Cities” ranking.

 

Sources: Data used to create this ranking were collected from the U.S. Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Renwood RealtyTrac, Zillow, Houzz, Federal Bureau of Investigation, GreatSchools.org, The Trust for Public Land, Council for Community and Economic Research and WalletHub research.

2017’s Best & Worst Places for First-Time Home Buyers

Jul 17, 2017 | Richie Bernardo, Senior Writer Wallethub

Source: WalletHub

Best Places for First-Time Home Buyers

Overall Rank (1 = Best) City Total Score ‘Affordability’ Rank ‘Real-Estate Market’ Rank ‘Quality of Life’ Rank
1 McKinney, TX 68.32 191 1 7
2 Frisco, TX 68.2 175 2 5
3 Allen, TX 68.15 151 6 3
4 Cary, NC 67.98 29 19 46
5 Norman, OK 67.64 83 14 34
6 Lincoln, NE 66.61 88 44 19
7 Richardson, TX 66.32 179 5 12
8 Boise, ID 66.26 2 139 37
9 Thornton, CO 66.04 122 21 10
10 Murfreesboro, TN 65.97 60 10 121
11 Denton, TX 65.83 205 4 9
12 Greeley, CO 65.63 98 30 14
13 Gilbert, AZ 65.37 7 17 152
14 Charleston, SC 65.33 116 3 107
15 Grand Rapids, MI 65.17 21 18 171
16 Overland Park, KS 64.8 150 41 17
17 Arvada, CO 64.63 142 25 18
18 Carrollton, TX 64.59 171 15 15
19 Fort Wayne, IN 64.56 18 36 88
20 Peoria, AZ 64.47 20 27 157
21 Grand Prairie, TX 64.38 173 38 2
22 Chandler, AZ 64.24 16 49 101
23 Raleigh, NC 64.19 58 45 71
24 Spokane Valley, WA 64.01 52 29 148
25 Lexington, KY 63.99 27 57 90
26 Fort Collins, CO 63.96 167 23 6
27 Cedar Rapids, IA 63.78 17 184 27
28 Colorado Springs, CO 63.54 74 43 87
29 Plano, TX 63.36 176 33 24
30 Green Bay, WI 63.36 45 172 8
31 Tampa, FL 63.24 192 28 26
32 Henderson, NV 63.19 47 50 99
33 Fort Worth, TX 63.15 185 7 58
34 Omaha, NE 62.93 97 54 53
35 El Paso, TX 62.77 239 34 16
36 Centennial, CO 62.77 112 101 20
37 Madison, WI 62.77 101 76 42
38 Surprise, AZ 62.72 9 72 167
39 Roanoke, VA 62.32 46 182 30
40 Nashville, TN 62.3 99 9 193
41 Davenport, IA 62.27 25 286 55
42 Yakima, WA 62.04 77 89 62
43 Oklahoma City, OK 61.98 80 123 82
44 Salt Lake City, UT 61.87 22 56 124
45 Garland, TX 61.79 157 102 39
46 Westminster, CO 61.78 120 78 31
47 Broken Arrow, OK 61.71 67 235 21
48 Denver, CO 61.66 212 11 67
49 Kenosha, WI 61.59 66 233 13
50 Louisville, KY 61.55 8 70 190
51 Amarillo, TX 61.53 224 22 32
52 Richmond, VA 61.41 118 71 51
53 Scottsdale, AZ 61.34 96 104 60
54 Pittsburgh, PA 61.3 72 31 170
55 Livonia, MI 61.11 14 110 181
56 Roseville, CA 61.08 140 35 81
57 Sterling Heights, MI 61.04 30 134 116
57 Pueblo, CO 61.04 75 58 162
59 Joliet, IL 60.98 64 236 22
60 Longmont, CO 60.78 145 37 57
61 Roswell, GA 60.7 88 68 135
62 Minneapolis, MN 60.69 144 48 72
63 Atlanta, GA 60.64 141 12 168
64 Orlando, FL 60.61 183 84 29
65 Hampton, VA 60.6 32 203 74
66 Durham, NC 60.59 61 46 186
67 Wilmington, NC 60.58 86 74 145
68 Port St. Lucie, FL 60.5 165 39 59
69 Boca Raton, FL 60.5 190 117 1
70 Charlotte, NC 60.4 65 88 155
71 Augusta, GA 60.36 10 124 235
72 Mesquite, TX 60.24 143 86 44
73 Aurora, CO 60.23 131 16 178
74 St. Paul, MN 60.19 104 83 97
75 St. Petersburg, FL 60.19 153 62 63
76 Peoria, IL 60.1 59 142 110
77 Mesa, AZ 60.08 31 81 195
78 Warren, MI 60.06 56 77 199
79 Columbus, OH 60.03 34 148 134
80 Manchester, NH 59.82 128 82 73
81 Huntsville, AL 59.77 33 47 259
82 Naperville, IL 59.77 106 199 28
83 Columbus, GA 59.69 3 129 237
84 Chesapeake, VA 59.58 36 217 104
85 Cape Coral, FL 59.54 164 52 70
86 Austin, TX 59.5 258 13 52
87 Dearborn, MI 59.47 63 90 205
88 Palm Bay, FL 59.45 109 100 93
89 Glendale, AZ 59.32 41 85 212
90 Fort Smith, AR 59.21 11 69 282
91 Tempe, AZ 59.2 73 51 230
92 Winston-Salem, NC 59.19 28 170 164
93 Des Moines, IA 59.1 24 238 128
94 Laredo, TX 59.07 231 24 69
95 Phoenix, AZ 59.06 54 64 226
96 Arlington, TX 59.02 170 59 91
97 Springfield, IL 58.96 43 135 153
98 Erie, PA 58.95 13 189 215
99 Irving, TX 58.93 197 32 100
100 Portsmouth, VA 58.84 37 285 49
101 Bellevue, WA 58.82 207 40 68
102 Lakewood, CO 58.66 172 111 48
103 Clearwater, FL 58.65 159 113 45
104 North Charleston, SC 58.64 90 63 251
105 Las Vegas, NV 58.63 39 174 163
106 Newport News, VA 58.55 44 275 64
107 Vancouver, WA 58.42 132 103 102
108 Knoxville, TN 58.28 53 55 271
109 Savannah, GA 58.26 68 112 242
110 Spokane, WA 58.17 42 114 236
111 Jacksonville, FL 58.11 135 87 130
112 Akron, OH 58.08 6 180 254
113 Tulsa, OK 58.07 95 245 86
114 Virginia Beach, VA 58.05 49 267 96
115 Clovis, CA 58 114 53 229
116 Vacaville, CA 57.93 148 93 103
117 Cincinnati, OH 57.91 91 146 150
118 Renton, WA 57.76 149 67 154
119 Norfolk, VA 57.73 84 154 160
120 Dallas, TX 57.58 249 8 115
121 Elgin, IL 57.53 111 249 36
122 Sunrise, FL 57.48 169 133 66
123 Visalia, CA 57.35 75 130 227
124 Elk Grove, CA 57.32 115 131 140
125 Tuscaloosa, AL 57.29 87 65 272
126 Pembroke Pines, FL 57.27 184 191 35
127 High Point, NC 57.25 26 269 146
128 North Las Vegas, NV 57.08 23 183 231
129 Yuma, AZ 57.03 19 156 268
130 Alexandria, VA 57 196 223 11
131 Hillsboro, OR 56.77 105 61 276
132 Victorville, CA 56.73 94 120 240
133 Sandy Springs, GA 56.72 139 144 132
134 Lakeland, FL 56.7 126 141 142
135 Athens-Clarke, GA 56.62 100 98 263
136 San Antonio, TX 56.59 234 42 114
137 Murrieta, CA 56.52 155 106 139
138 Greensboro, NC 56.44 55 215 208
139 Tucson, AZ 56.43 50 164 233
140 Dayton, OH 56.42 5 250 249
141 Reno, NV 56.32 124 91 214
142 Buffalo, NY 56.31 40 220 261
143 Allentown, PA 56.22 69 226 198
144 Aurora, IL 56.12 103 271 80
145 Sacramento, CA 55.9 127 211 123
146 Davie, FL 55.79 221 201 23
147 Bakersfield, CA 55.71 78 158 228
148 Kansas City, MO 55.68 113 79 211
149 Waukegan, IL 55.61 117 253 85
150 Fairfield, CA 55.47 182 73 207
151 Temecula, CA 55.44 161 96 204
152 Plantation, FL 55.31 181 190 94
153 Kent, WA 55.28 123 175 188
154 Little Rock, AR 55.09 71 121 273
155 Milwaukee, WI 54.95 85 136 258
155 Springfield, MA 54.95 138 241 84
157 Tacoma, WA 54.9 79 188 248
158 Everett, WA 54.89 133 137 217
159 Miramar, FL 54.61 206 251 33
160 Ann Arbor, MI 54.6 152 227 106
161 Corpus Christi, TX 54.58 242 80 129
162 Rancho Cucamonga, CA 54.51 200 127 127
163 Chico, CA 54.41 202 92 191
164 Toledo, OH 54.38 4 254 275
165 Philadelphia, PA 54.35 81 202 243
166 Gainesville, FL 54.32 208 209 54
167 St. Louis, MO 54.32 82 176 253
168 Indianapolis, IN 54.25 35 237 257
169 Montgomery, AL 54.1 12 274 291
170 Rialto, CA 54.05 162 198 141
171 Lancaster, CA 53.97 177 173 156
172 Lowell, MA 53.91 201 239 50
173 Seattle, WA 53.91 240 20 213
174 Waterbury, CT 53.84 174 227 109
175 Salem, OR 53.77 93 119 294
176 Stamford, CT 53.69 229 214 25
177 Lansing, MI 53.65 136 105 270
178 Cleveland, OH 53.63 15 229 283
179 Mobile, AL 53.61 48 166 286
180 West Palm Beach, FL 53.57 199 158 144
181 New Haven, CT 53.55 216 206 41
182 Memphis, TN 53.52 51 94 295
183 Hollywood, FL 53.47 219 192 75
184 Moreno Valley, CA 53.37 129 179 246
185 Fayetteville, NC 53.37 1 300 225
186 Houston, TX 53.36 259 26 180
187 Federal Way, WA 53.1 125 212 239
188 Coral Springs, FL 53.1 215 277 43
189 Fontana, CA 53.05 160 225 169
190 Wichita, KS 53.03 137 95 245
191 Jersey City, NJ 52.97 225 181 98
192 Irvine, CA 52.89 271 60 92
193 New Bedford, MA 52.87 211 210 65
194 Pompano Beach, FL 52.65 198 167 185
195 Riverside, CA 52.5 178 145 234
196 Hartford, CT 52.42 187 242 120
197 Portland, OR 52.35 204 97 250
198 Worcester, MA 52.34 156 273 137
199 Ontario, CA 52.22 194 197 188
200 Fresno, CA 52.22 110 150 277
201 Jackson, MS 52.15 107 128 266
202 Eugene, OR 52 130 116 296
203 Santa Maria, CA 51.95 217 168 165
204 Chicago, IL 51.94 193 231 174
205 Rockford, IL 51.8 108 232 247
206 Springfield, MO 51.78 62 222 265
207 Albany, NY 51.49 166 270 166
208 Birmingham, AL 51.48 92 75 299
209 Palmdale, CA 51.46 186 234 182
210 Stockton, CA 51.43 134 109 279
210 Flint, MI 51.43 38 255 288
212 Bridgeport, CT 51.29 222 258 78
213 Modesto, CA 51.25 119 143 290
214 Miami Gardens, FL 51.18 214 284 95
215 San Diego, CA 51.14 256 151 108
216 Beaverton, OR 51.14 146 153 293
217 Antioch, CA 50.95 210 126 255
218 Providence, RI 50.94 203 140 260
219 Vallejo, CA 50.93 158 132 287
220 Corona, CA 50.92 188 246 183
221 Fall River, MA 50.66 195 264 136
222 Thousand Oaks, CA 50.64 227 185 131
223 Mission Viejo, CA 50.56 223 247 105
224 Simi Valley, CA 50.53 213 219 194
225 Detroit, MI 50.51 70 66 300
226 Albuquerque, NM 50.42 57 155 278
227 Quincy, MA 50.37 263 266 38
228 Rochester, NY 50.32 121 295 252
229 Baltimore, MD 49.98 102 204 284
230 Gresham, OR 49.57 154 195 297
231 Santa Rosa, CA 49.49 250 152 161
232 Boulder, CO 49.45 286 138 4
233 Baton Rouge, LA 49.44 168 171 264
234 Tallahassee, FL 49.43 180 221 269
235 Carlsbad, CA 49.39 251 118 200
236 Fort Lauderdale, FL 49.24 254 240 89
237 Santa Clarita, CA 49.04 218 230 232
238 Shreveport, LA 48.97 147 125 281
239 San Bernardino, CA 48.91 163 160 285
240 Escondido, CA 48.88 261 99 216
241 Hayward, CA 48.82 264 115 187
242 Hialeah, FL 48.75 246 213 176
243 Concord, CA 48.6 237 205 192
244 Oxnard, CA 48.56 226 200 241
245 Chula Vista, CA 48.53 235 196 222
246 Lynn, MA 48.38 253 283 83
247 Richmond, CA 47.96 243 108 274
248 Orange, CA 47.95 252 243 121
249 New Orleans, LA 47.71 238 147 256
250 Norwalk, CA 47.71 230 289 119
251 Ventura, CA 47.56 245 177 238
252 Oceanside, CA 47.45 244 149 262
253 Vista, CA 47.39 268 122 219
254 Anaheim, CA 47.16 270 208 177
255 Carson, CA 47.09 220 293 147
256 West Covina, CA 47.01 232 287 151
257 Fullerton, CA 47 262 260 111
258 Cambridge, MA 46.94 279 290 47
259 Pomona, CA 46.92 233 261 206
260 San Jose, CA 46.87 278 169 159
261 El Cajon, CA 46.82 269 161 203
262 Elizabeth, NJ 46.71 247 299 79
263 Garden Grove, CA 46.59 266 256 133
264 Compton, CA 46.54 241 263 197
265 Salinas, CA 46.46 248 162 267
266 Burbank, CA 46.39 282 207 56
267 Santa Clara, CA 46.37 287 163 76
268 Honolulu, HI 46.34 274 187 218
269 Huntington Beach, CA 46.33 273 259 117
270 Downey, CA 46.2 255 288 118
271 Fremont, CA 46.13 275 216 196
272 Santa Ana, CA 45.57 260 224 244
273 Yonkers, NY 45.43 257 280 184
274 Brockton, MA 45.42 209 297 179
275 Pasadena, CA 45.41 280 262 61
276 Paterson, NJ 45.12 236 298 77
277 Anchorage, AK 45.11 189 165 292
278 Costa Mesa, CA 45.06 285 194 112
279 South Gate, CA 44.97 267 265 175
280 Boston, MA 44.81 290 107 202
281 Sunnyvale, CA 44.73 295 193 40
282 Torrance, CA 43.73 276 291 125
283 Washington, DC 43.55 265 157 280
284 Long Beach, CA 43.05 277 272 224
285 Inglewood, CA 42.61 272 292 158
286 Miami, FL 42.47 292 257 126
287 Los Angeles, CA 42.15 291 186 210
288 Westminster, CA 41.47 281 252 220
289 Daly City, CA 41.29 284 279 173
290 Glendale, CA 41.21 294 248 138
291 El Monte, CA 41.06 289 281 149
292 New York, NY 40.27 296 244 201
293 San Mateo, CA 39.91 293 268 143
294 Newark, NJ 39.3 228 296 289
295 San Francisco, CA 39.01 300 218 209
296 Miami Beach, FL 37.95 283 294 223
297 Santa Monica, CA 37.52 299 282 112
298 Oakland, CA 37.48 288 178 298
299 Berkeley, CA 36.29 297 278 221
300 Santa Barbara, CA 36.22 298 276 17

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Rankings by City Size

Rank (1= Best) Large Cities (Score) Rank (1= Best) Midsize Cities (Score) Rank (1= Best) Small Cities (Score)
1 Raleigh, NC
(64.19)
1 McKinney, TX
(68.32)
1 Frisco, TX
(68.20)
2 Lexington, KY
(63.99)
2 Cary, NC
(67.98)
2 Allen, TX
(68.15)
3 Colorado Springs, CO
(63.54)
3 Lincoln, NE
(66.61)
3 Norman, OK
(67.64)
4 Tampa, FL
(63.24)
4 Boise, ID
(66.26)
4 Richardson, TX
(66.32)
5 Fort Worth, TX
(63.15)
5 Gilbert, AZ
(65.37)
5 Thornton, CO
(66.04)
6 Omaha, NE
(62.93)
6 Grand Rapids, MI
(65.17)
6 Murfreesboro, TN
(65.97)
7 El Paso, TX
(62.77)
7 Overland Park, KS
(64.80)
7 Denton, TX
(65.83)
8 Nashville, TN
(62.30)
8 Fort Wayne, IN
(64.56)
8 Greeley, CO
(65.63)
9 Oklahoma City, OK
(61.98)
9 Peoria, AZ
(64.47)
9 Charleston, SC
(65.33)
10 Denver, CO
(61.66)
10 Grand Prairie, TX
(64.38)
10 Arvada, CO
(64.63)
11 Louisville, KY
(61.55)
11 Chandler, AZ
(64.24)
11 Carrollton, TX
(64.59)
12 Pittsburgh, PA
(61.30)
12 Fort Collins, CO
(63.96)
12 Spokane Valley, WA
(64.01)
13 Minneapolis, MN
(60.69)
13 Plano, TX
(63.36)
13 Cedar Rapids, IA
(63.78)
14 Atlanta, GA
(60.64)
14 Henderson, NV
(63.19)
14 Green Bay, WI
(63.36)
15 Charlotte, NC
(60.40)
15 Madison, WI
(62.77)
15 Centennial, CO
(62.77)
16 Aurora, CO
(60.23)
16 Salt Lake City, UT
(61.87)
16 Surprise, AZ
(62.72)
17 Mesa, AZ
(60.08)
17 Garland, TX
(61.79)
17 Roanoke, VA
(62.32)
18 Columbus, OH
(60.03)
18 Amarillo, TX
(61.53)
18 Davenport, IA
(62.27)
19 Austin, TX
(59.50)
19 Richmond, VA
(61.41)
19 Yakima, WA
(62.04)
20 Phoenix, AZ
(59.06)
20 Scottsdale, AZ
(61.34)
20 Westminster, CO
(61.78)
21 Arlington, TX
(59.02)
21 Orlando, FL
(60.61)
21 Broken Arrow, OK
(61.71)
22 Las Vegas, NV
(58.63)
22 Durham, NC
(60.59)
22 Kenosha, WI
(61.59)
23 Jacksonville, FL
(58.11)
23 Port St. Lucie, FL
(60.50)
23 Livonia, MI
(61.11)
24 Tulsa, OK
(58.07)
24 Augusta, GA
(60.36)
24 Roseville, CA
(61.08)
25 Virginia Beach, VA
(58.05)
25 St. Paul, MN
(60.19)
T-25 Pueblo, CO
(61.04)
26 Dallas, TX
(57.58)
26 St. Petersburg, FL
(60.19)
T-25 Sterling Heights, MI
(61.04)
27 San Antonio, TX
(56.59)
27 Huntsville, AL
(59.77)
27 Joliet, IL
(60.98)
28 Tucson, AZ
(56.43)
28 Columbus, GA
(59.69)
28 Longmont, CO
(60.78)
29 Sacramento, CA
(55.90)
29 Chesapeake, VA
(59.58)
29 Roswell, GA
(60.70)
30 Bakersfield, CA
(55.71)
30 Cape Coral, FL
(59.54)
30 Hampton, VA
(60.60)
31 Kansas City, MO
(55.68)
31 Glendale, AZ
(59.32)
31 Wilmington, NC
(60.58)
32 Milwaukee, WI
(54.95)
32 Tempe, AZ
(59.20)
32 Boca Raton, FL
(60.50)
33 Corpus Christi, TX
(54.58)
33 Winston-Salem, NC
(59.19)
33 Mesquite, TX
(60.24)
34 Philadelphia, PA
(54.35)
34 Des Moines, IA
(59.10)
34 Peoria, IL
(60.10)
35 St. Louis, MO
(54.32)
35 Laredo, TX
(59.07)
35 Warren, MI
(60.06)
36 Indianapolis, IN
(54.25)
36 Irving, TX
(58.93)
36 Manchester, NH
(59.82)
37 Seattle, WA
(53.91)
37 Newport News, VA
(58.55)
37 Naperville, IL
(59.77)
38 Cleveland, OH
(53.63)
38 Vancouver, WA
(58.42)
38 Dearborn, MI
(59.47)
39 Memphis, TN
(53.52)
39 Knoxville, TN
(58.28)
39 Palm Bay, FL
(59.45)
40 Houston, TX
(53.36)
40 Spokane, WA
(58.17)
40 Fort Smith, AR
(59.21)
41 Wichita, KS
(53.03)
41 Akron, OH
(58.08)
41 Springfield, IL
(58.96)
42 Riverside, CA
(52.50)
42 Cincinnati, OH
(57.91)
42 Erie, PA
(58.95)
43 Portland, OR
(52.35)
43 Norfolk, VA
(57.73)
43 Portsmouth, VA
(58.84)
44 Fresno, CA
(52.22)
44 Elk Grove, CA
(57.32)
44 Bellevue, WA
(58.82)
45 Chicago, IL
(51.94)
45 Pembroke Pines, FL
(57.27)
45 Lakewood, CO
(58.66)
46 San Diego, CA
(51.14)
46 North Las Vegas, NV
(57.08)
46 Clearwater, FL
(58.65)
47 Detroit, MI
(50.51)
47 Greensboro, NC
(56.44)
47 North Charleston, SC
(58.64)
48 Albuquerque, NM
(50.42)
48 Reno, NV
(56.32)
48 Savannah, GA
(58.26)
49 Baltimore, MD
(49.98)
49 Buffalo, NY
(56.31)
49 Clovis, CA
(58.00)
50 New Orleans, LA
(47.71)
50 Aurora, IL
(56.12)
50 Vacaville, CA
(57.93)
51 Anaheim, CA
(47.16)
51 Little Rock, AR
(55.09)
51 Renton, WA
(57.76)
52 San Jose, CA
(46.87)
52 Springfield, MA
(54.95)
52 Elgin, IL
(57.53)
53 Honolulu, HI
(46.34)
53 Tacoma, WA
(54.90)
53 Sunrise, FL
(57.48)
54 Santa Ana, CA
(45.57)
54 Rancho Cucamonga, CA
(54.51)
54 Visalia, CA
(57.35)
55 Boston, MA
(44.81)
55 Toledo, OH
(54.38)
55 Tuscaloosa, AL
(57.29)
56 Washington, DC
(43.55)
56 Montgomery, AL
(54.10)
56 High Point, NC
(57.25)
57 Long Beach, CA
(43.05)
57 Lancaster, CA
(53.97)
57 Yuma, AZ
(57.03)
58 Miami, FL
(42.47)
58 Salem, OR
(53.77)
58 Alexandria, VA
(57.00)
59 Los Angeles, CA
(42.15)
59 Mobile, AL
(53.61)
59 Hillsboro, OR
(56.77)
60 New York, NY
(40.27)
60 Moreno Valley, CA
(53.37)
60 Victorville, CA
(56.73)
61 San Francisco, CA
(39.01)
61 Fayetteville, NC
(53.37)
61 Sandy Springs, GA
(56.72)
62 Oakland, CA
(37.48)
62 Fontana, CA
(53.05)
62 Lakeland, FL
(56.70)
63 Jersey City, NJ
(52.97)
63 Athens-Clarke, GA
(56.62)
64 Irvine, CA
(52.89)
64 Murrieta, CA
(56.52)
65 Worcester, MA
(52.34)
65 Dayton, OH
(56.42)
66 Ontario, CA
(52.22)
66 Allentown, PA
(56.22)
67 Jackson, MS
(52.15)
67 Davie, FL
(55.79)
68 Eugene, OR
(52.00)
68 Waukegan, IL
(55.61)
69 Rockford, IL
(51.80)
69 Fairfield, CA
(55.47)
70 Springfield, MO
(51.78)
70 Temecula, CA
(55.44)
71 Birmingham, AL
(51.48)
71 Plantation, FL
(55.31)
72 Palmdale, CA
(51.46)
72 Kent, WA
(55.28)
73 Stockton, CA
(51.43)
73 Everett, WA
(54.89)
74 Modesto, CA
(51.25)
74 Miramar, FL
(54.61)
75 Providence, RI
(50.94)
75 Ann Arbor, MI
(54.60)
76 Corona, CA
(50.92)
76 Chico, CA
(54.41)
77 Rochester, NY
(50.32)
77 Gainesville, FL
(54.32)
78 Santa Rosa, CA
(49.49)
78 Rialto, CA
(54.05)
79 Baton Rouge, LA
(49.44)
79 Lowell, MA
(53.91)
80 Tallahassee, FL
(49.43)
80 Waterbury, CT
(53.84)
81 Fort Lauderdale, FL
(49.24)
81 Stamford, CT
(53.69)
82 Santa Clarita, CA
(49.04)
82 Lansing, MI
(53.65)
83 Shreveport, LA
(48.97)
83 West Palm Beach, FL
(53.57)
84 San Bernardino, CA
(48.91)
84 New Haven, CT
(53.55)
85 Hayward, CA
(48.82)
85 Hollywood, FL
(53.47)
86 Hialeah, FL
(48.75)
86 Federal Way, WA
(53.10)
87 Oxnard, CA
(48.56)
87 Coral Springs, FL
(53.10)
88 Chula Vista, CA
(48.53)
88 New Bedford, MA
(52.87)
89 Oceanside, CA
(47.45)
89 Pompano Beach, FL
(52.65)
90 Pomona, CA
(46.92)
90 Hartford, CT
(52.42)
91 Garden Grove, CA
(46.59)
91 Santa Maria, CA
(51.95)
92 Salinas, CA
(46.46)
92 Albany, NY
(51.49)
93 Huntington Beach, CA
(46.33)
93 Flint, MI
(51.43)
94 Fremont, CA
(46.13)
94 Bridgeport, CT
(51.29)
95 Yonkers, NY
(45.43)
95 Miami Gardens, FL
(51.18)
96 Anchorage, AK
(45.11)
96 Beaverton, OR
(51.14)
97 Glendale, CA
(41.21)
97 Antioch, CA
(50.95)
98 Newark, NJ
(39.30)
98 Vallejo, CA
(50.93)
99 Fall River, MA
(50.66)
100 Thousand Oaks, CA
(50.64)
101 Mission Viejo, CA
(50.56)
102 Simi Valley, CA
(50.53)
103 Quincy, MA
(50.37)
104 Gresham, OR
(49.57)
105 Boulder, CO
(49.45)
106 Carlsbad, CA
(49.39)
107 Escondido, CA
(48.88)
108 Concord, CA
(48.60)
109 Lynn, MA
(48.38)
110 Richmond, CA
(47.96)
111 Orange, CA
(47.95)
112 Norwalk, CA
(47.71)
113 Ventura, CA
(47.56)
114 Vista, CA
(47.39)
115 Carson, CA
(47.09)
116 West Covina, CA
(47.01)
117 Fullerton, CA
(47.00)
118 Cambridge, MA
(46.94)
119 El Cajon, CA
(46.82)
120 Elizabeth, NJ
(46.71)
121 Compton, CA
(46.54)
122 Burbank, CA
(46.39)
123 Santa Clara, CA
(46.37)
124 Downey, CA
(46.20)
125 Brockton, MA
(45.42)
126 Pasadena, CA
(45.41)
127 Paterson, NJ
(45.12)
128 Costa Mesa, CA
(45.06)
129 South Gate, CA
(44.97)
130 Sunnyvale, CA
(44.73)
131 Torrance, CA
(43.73)
132 Inglewood, CA
(42.61)
133 Westminster, CA
(41.47)
134 Daly City, CA
(41.29)
135 El Monte, CA
(41.06)
136 San Mateo, CA
(39.91)
137 Miami Beach, FL
(37.95)
138 Santa Monica, CA
(37.52)
139 Berkeley, CA
(36.29)
140 Santa Barbara, CA
(36.22)

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According to the Almanac, while we might have a cooler summer overall, but we all know what those temperatures are like from June-September! (Cooler is relative!)

ANNUAL WEATHER SUMMARY: NOVEMBER 2016 TO OCTOBER 2017
Winter will be much warmer than normal, with below-normal precipitation and near-normal snowfall. The coldest periods will be in late December, early to mid- and mid- to late January, and early February. The snowiest periods in the north will be in mid- and late November, late December, and early February. April and May will be warmer than normal, with near-normal rainfall. Summer will be slightly cooler than normal, with rainfall below normal in the north and above normal in the south. The hottest periods will be in mid- to late June and mid- to late July. September (especially early) and October will be warmer than normal and slightly rainier than normal.

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