Atlanta suburb named one of the best areas for families

by Claire Fountas

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For families hoping to relocate, Atlanta’s Buford suburb is a strong choice. In fact, a recent HomeUnion report listed Buford as one of the best places in America for families to live.

The study analyzed markets across the country based on housing affordability in Q1 of 2017 along with the quality of public schools located nearby. The firm gathered home sale data from HomeUnion itself and statistics from Maponics to generate the list of the best family-friendly markets.

Areas with a low median home value paired with a better score for public schools on a zero to 100 scale took higher spots on the list. Among the top 30 total suburbs named, Buford snagged the ninth spot on the list.

Buford holds a median home value of $220,000, making it a relatively affordable area for first-time buyers. Public schools in the area also scored a strong 86.5, ensuring top ten placement on the list. 

Due to increasing home prices on the coastal markets, the central and southern regions of the country offer some of the best opportunities for first-time buyers — especially those with families, according to HomeUnion director of research Steve Hovland. Buford also shows signs of an increasingly healthy market overall, according to Zillow’s recent home value index report of the area. The area’s market health currently sits at a strong 8.5 out of 10 — a “very healthy” score, according to Zillow.

Though Buford’s median home value has increased over the years, its median list price per square foot of $107 is lower than the Atlanta metro average of $111. The area’s relative affordability paired with impressive market health fares well for first-time buyers and families hoping to purchase property soon. 

Metro Submarket Schools Price
Kansas City Blue Springs, MO 88.5 $159,700
Oklahoma City Tuttle, OK 89.6 $165,000
St. Louis Fenton, MO 81.1 $167,000
Palm Beach, Boca Raton, FL 87.9 $167,500
Chicago Aurora, IL 81.9 $168,000
Indianapolis Brownsburg, IN 86.3 $184,100
Cleveland Broadview Heights, OH 87.1 $200,00
Philadelphia Horsham, PA 84.2 $217,500
Atlanta Buford, GA 86.5 $220,000
Columbus Powell, OH 86.1 $229,500