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Top 10 'Naughty and Nicest' U.S. Housing Markets Revealed

Top 10 'Naughty and Nicest' U.S. Housing Markets Revealed

Residential News » Milwaukee Edition | By Miho Favela | December 29, 2014 8:55 AM ET



RealtyTrac just released their annual list of the 'naughtiest and nicest' U.S. housing markets to live in based on the number of sex offenders per capita, unemployment rates, foreclosures, school scores and crime ratings.

According to RealtyTrac, in the nicest U.S. housing markets:

  • There were 55 cities with unemployment, sex offenders and foreclosure inventory below the national averages along with an average school score above the national average and a crime rating of B or above.
  • 20 out of the 55 cities had a crime rating of A or above.
  • Crime rates were one-third of the national average.
  • School scores in these cities were nearly twice the national average.
  • The average unemployment rate for these cities was 4.6 percent. Well below the national average.
  • There were 24 foreclosures per every 10,000 housing units.
  • There was an average of four sex offenders per 10,000 people.

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RealtyTrac also reports that in the naughtiest U.S. housing markets:

  • There were 20 cities where unemployment, sex offenders, and foreclosure inventory were above the national averages along with school ratings below the national average and a crime rating of C or below.
  • School scores were one-half the national average.
  • Crime rates nearly twice the national average.
  • These cities had an average 7.8 percent unemployment rate.
  • These cities had 128 foreclosures per every 10,000 housing units.
  • These cities had an average of 27 sex offenders per 10,000 people.

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