The top-10 Friendliest Cities in the Country
While we like to measure cities and towns in terms of population growth and dollars, it’s important to recognize that others are strong in terms of offering something that many might argue is the most important aspect of a place: a human connection. So if you or a client are looking to move to a place that’s a little ‘friendlier’, you’re in luck. Condé Nast Traveler just released its annual ‘Friendliest Cities in America’ report.
The revered travel magazine notes that a record 600,000 votes were counted for 2019 and that 2020 voting is live right now, should you want to be heard next time around. Not surprisingly, several of the mentions are in the South and nearly all of them boast promising real estate potential.
10. Santa Fe, NM
Perhaps it’s the awe-inspiring landscapes, the Spanish-influenced architecture, or the fact that Santa Fe is home to almost 300 art galleries, a ski resort, and its own cuisine, this western oasis just charms its residents into a friendly mood.
According to Zillow, the median home value in Santa Fe is $398,904 with 3.7% growth expected over the next year.
9. Lexington, KY
To make Lexington, Kentucky, take equal parts Southern hospitality, world-famous bourbon, and small-town feel, and gently stir. It’s a recipe that makes this Kentucky city of the friendliest places in the country.
According to Zillow, the median home value in Lexington is $196,946 with 3.5% growth expected over the next year.
8. Burlington, VT
As the home of Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream, and with endless options when it comes to hiking, biking, boating, skiing, and beer, this northeastern hub is often described as ‘chill’ and ‘laid-back’, making visitors feel at home.
According to Zillow, the median home value in Burlington is $345,860 with 3.7% growth expected over the next year.
7. Key West, FL
Whether you’re retracing the steps of American novelist Ernest Hemingway or just going to indulge in the endless party that is Key West, this town has long been known as a place of acceptance for all types of people.
According to Zillow, the median home value in Key West is $685,715 with 2.5% growth expected over the next year.
6. Asheville, NC
Real estate professionals probably know Asheville for the Biltmore Estate, the largest privately-owned house in the U.S. (now a hotel). However, there’s a lot more to this town than the 135,280 square foot Vanderbilt-funded Châteauesque mansion. Asheville sits at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains and boasts a thriving art scene and friendly locals.
According to Zillow, the median home value in Asheville is $305,582 with 3.9% growth expected over the next year.
5. Chattanooga, TN
About a 3.5-hour drive from Asheville, the city of Chattanooga offers many of the same recreational opportunities, a nice riverwalk, and breathtaking views. Of course, since it’s in The Volunteer State, it’s home to its fair share of locals willing to offer a helping hand.
According to Zillow, the median home value in Chattanooga is $169,297 with 4.2% growth expected over the next year.
4. Charleston, SC
Charleston is the definition of Southern charm. Whether people are drawn to the storied history of the place, the architecture, the food, or the nearby beaches, Charleston is the type of place where we could all learn to be a little more genteel.
According to Zillow, the median home value in Charleston is $332,909 with 3.7% growth expected over the next year.
3. Boulder, CO
Nestled at the base of the Rockies, Boulder residents enjoy access to world-class hiking, skiing, and biking. On top of that, Boulder is home to many of the state’s most adored craft breweries and a thriving restaurant scene. In fact, it’s home to what 5280 Magazine has called Colorado’s best restaurant on multiple occasions, Frasca Food & Wine.
According to Zillow, the median home value in Boulder is $794,210 with 2.9% growth expected over the next year.
2. Alexandria, VA
Just a little while ago, we wrote about what makes Washington, D.C. a fantastic place to live. However, neighboring Alexandria is just a short train ride away, making it the perfect place for those who work in D.C. (one of the nation’s strongest economies) to find their ‘happy place’.
According to Zillow, the median home value in Alexandria is $549,801 with 5.1% growth expected over the next year.
1. Savannah, GA
The locals in Savannah have been known to be gregarious, charismatic, and fun-loving. What’s more, Savannah offers quaint cobblestone streets, chic boutiques, great restaurants, and enough hauntingly beautiful historic homes that you’ll feel like you’re dreaming. Just ‘existing’ in Savannah is enough to keep cultivating a laid-back, Southern-style brand of friendly.
According to Zillow, the median home value in Savannah is $165,734 with 4.1% growth expected over the next year.
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