For those looking to trade big-city life for backyards and gardens, more square footage, home office space, and parks, the suburbs may be the perfect spot to call home.
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Top 50 Suburbs in the US
Although the country teems with ’burbs, here’s a look at the 50 best suburbs according to Niche, using government data and community reviews.
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1. Chesterbrook, Pennsylvania
Chesterbrook was crowned first among U.S. suburbs. With highly rated public schools and an intimate feel (under 6,000 residents), this Philadelphia suburb is leafy and cozy. Chesterbrook is among eight Keystone State suburbs on this list.
2. Penn Wynne, Pennsylvania
Real estate can get pricey in Penn Wynne (also known as Wynnewood), a small Philly suburb where about half of the population of 6,650 has at least a master’s degree and where locals are passionate about the arts. Bars, coffee shops, and parks lend an urban-suburban feel.
3. Ardmore, Pennsylvania
Those looking to put down roots in a suburban neighborhood that also has an urban feel will like Ardmore, yet another Philadelphia ’burb, with about 13,800 residents. It has plenty of restaurants, bars, coffee shops, and parks to choose from and excellent schools.
4. Los Alamos, New Mexico
This historic suburb of 13,400 denizens is the birthplace of the atomic bomb, but it also happens to be known as a great place to live with a top-notch public school system and nature all around.
5. Carmel, Indiana
Carmel, north of Indianapolis, features neighborhoods rich in architectural diversity and low in crime. This spot is home to more than 103,000 people.
6. Great Neck Plaza, New York
With eateries, parks, and superlative public schools, this village on the North Shore of Long Island is walkable, dog friendly, and commutable to Manhattan by train. The burg of 7,640 has a strong contingent of retirees and home prices below the national average. If this New York suburb isn’t the right fit, maybe one of the other nine will be.
7. Okemos, Michigan
The east side of East Lansing is beloved because of its low crime rates, lower-than-average cost of living, and the amenities at Michigan State University. With a population of about 25,870, Okemos has stellar public schools, a college town vibe, and a small base of tech employment.
8. Richmond Heights, Missouri
This St. Louis suburb, home to about 9,400 people, offers amenities for both families and young professionals. With highly rated public schools, Richmond Heights also has a vibrant nightlife scene and good housing options.
9. Holly Hills, Colorado
For a small-town feel and great public schools, hop on over to Holly Hills. This Denver suburb is home to about 2,700, so you’re likely to know a lot of your neighbors.
10. Brookline, Massachusetts
This Boston suburb’s public schools constantly receive high marks and welcome families from around the globe. With about 64,000 residents, Brookline is attractive but not cheap: Its median home sale price is more than double the national median.
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11. Great Neck Gardens, New York
With fewer than 1,300 residents, this New York City suburb has the usual perks of a coveted hamlet, and a relatively gigantic housing cost.
12. Clarendon Hills, Illinois
This community southwest of Chicago (pop. 8,760) offers top-notch public education for children, a safe environment, and a vibrant downtown. The median home sale price is a bit above the national median.
13. Swarthmore, Pennsylvania
Swarthmore has small-town charm but is only a 20-minute train ride to Philadelphia’s museums, theaters, and restaurants. The suburb of about 6,600 offers more than two dozen forested trails for those looking to connect with nature.
14. Clayton, Missouri
Those looking to give their career a boost may find opportunity in Clayton. This St. Louis suburb of 17,600 employs over 7,300 people. Clayton is also considered green and safe. The median home price tends to be above the U.S. median price.
15. Brentwood, Missouri
This affordable St. Louis suburb is home to nearly 8,300, many of whom are young professionals. Highly rated schools, a high homeownership rate, and a variety of parks and dining establishments make Brentwood one of the best suburbs in the Show-Me State and the country.
16. Brighton, New York
Brighton is overflowing with historic charm. This Rochester suburb of 37,200 was established in 1814 and features well-preserved 19th-century brick homes.
17. Manhasset Hills, New York
About 3,660 people call this New York City suburb home. Manhasset Hills has a rural feel and an average home sale price topping $1 million.
18. Mount Lebanon Township, Pennsylvania
Architecture lovers will fall head over heels for this neighborhood (lovingly known by locals as Lebo). This Pittsburgh suburb of about 33,600 people blends sophistication and small-town charm. Take your pick from American Craftsman, stone Colonials, Prairie, and English Tudor style homes.
19. Oakwood, Ohio
With about 9,500 residents, this Dayton suburb has a sparse suburban feel and an abundance of parks, bars, restaurants, and coffee shops. Most residents own their homes, and the public schools are, well, you know, above par.
20. North Potomac, Maryland
North Potomac, only about 20 miles from Washington, D.C., earned a spot on this list, thanks to awesome public schools and family amenities, not to mention a walkable and diverse environment. It’s home to about 23,700 people.
21. Narberth, Pennsylvania
You won’t get lost in the crowd in this friendly Philadelphia suburb of 4,500, which has an urban-suburban feel with historic homes, shops, restaurants, a train station, and the requisite good public schools.
22. Syosset, New York
Yet another New York City suburb makes the list. Syosset, with over 19,000 residents, has a rural vibe and all the bells and whistles of an attractive suburb. It also has a housing cost of more than twice the national median.
23. Wayland, Massachusetts
This Boston ’burb hosts 13,800 people, including a good number of retirees. People consider it safe, pretty, pricey, and calm.
24. Jericho, New York
Families will appreciate Jericho’s highly rated public schools, parks, and other amenities. The affluent Long Island hamlet of 15,000 is within reach of Manhattan.
25. Greenville, New York
Greenville, often called Edgemont, is a bedroom community of 4,700 residents north of Manhattan. It’s a magnet for parents who want good public schools.
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26. Morrisville, North Carolina
Those who are moving to the Raleigh area may find Morrisville appealing, thanks to proximity to amenities and career opportunities like Raleigh-Durham International Airport, Research Triangle Park, and the Lenovo headquarters. The average home price in this community of 31,840 is around the national average.
27. Williamsville, New York
This little Buffalo village has great schools, several parks, historic landmarks, and a relatively low cost of living.
28. Long Grove, Illinois
Another Chicago suburb makes the list. Long Grove, pop. 8,400, is considered a great place to raise a family, thanks to highly rated public schools and low crime rates.
29. Mountain Lakes, New Jersey
This tiny suburb 31 miles from Manhattan is considered safe, charming, and green. It’s a wealthy pocket with a strong sense of community.
30. Chesterfield, Missouri
This sizable St. Louis suburb of 50,500 is partly situated on the floodplains of the Missouri River. There is no shortage of attractions here, including historical houses, conservation areas, and dining options.
31. East Williston, New York
Here’s another Manhattan bedroom community, this time 20 or so miles from the big city. The tiny Long Island suburb has great schools and a hometown feel. Household income and education level skew high, as they do in most of the ’burbs on this list.
32. Cascades, Virginia
Cascades is the first Old Dominion ’burb on the list of the top 50 suburbs in the U.S. The neighborhood of about 12,500 is within driving distance to Washington, D.C., and has good public schools, parks, playgrounds, and great housing options.
33. Kensington, New York
This tiny Manhattan suburb attracts families and retirees for all the reasons a ’burb bursts into the top 50. This is a highly educated, high-income enclave.
34. Ridgewood, New Jersey
This New York City suburb offers residents a sparse suburban feel, and most residents own their homes. The focus in this family-friendly village of over 26,000 is education. Home prices skew high.
35. Cary, North Carolina
Cary, with over 182,000 residents, affords fun, from outdoor concerts and movies to the annual Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival. Stop by the quaint downtown of this Raleigh suburb during the holiday season for a charming experience.
36. Aspinwall, Pennsylvania
This little borough on the Allegheny River is near downtown Pittsburgh. It’s historic and picturesque, with high education levels and average home prices below the national average.
37. South Kensington, Maryland
This little ’burb is near Washington, D.C., and has not-tiny home prices. With fewer than 9,000 residents, South Kensington has great public schools, a family-friendly vibe, and a nightlife scene. It looks like Mom and Dad need to book a babysitter.
38. North Bethesda, Maryland
Here’s another pocket of tranquility in the Old Line State. There are so many benefits of living in North Bethesda that it’s hard to keep track. Situated close to Washington, D.C., this suburb has its own dining, shopping, and entertainment scene.
39. Santa Monica, California
Santa Monica residents are lucky enough to live a stone’s throw from the Pacific Ocean, and many live within walking distance of the famed Third Street Promenade and its many restaurants, shops, and other amenities. Bring your wallet, of course, if you plan to live here.
40. Cave Springs, Arkansas
Move over, Hot Springs. Cave Springs made the list. Named for two caves and the water source that flows from one of them, this suburb of about 6,250 people has a small-town feel, home prices in line with the national average, and A-rated public schools.
41. Innsbrook, Virginia
Innsbrook is a thoughtfully planned community that is an ideal place to live, work, and play. Fortune 500 companies, startups, and small businesses are attracted to this Richmond bedroom community of 9,250 people.
42. Cinco Ranch, Texas
Cinco Ranch’s public schools, housing options, and job market put it on the map. A lot of house for the money combined with great outdoor and nightlife activities make this suburban swath of over 16,000 outside Houston a hot spot.
43. Fishers, Indiana
This Indianapolis suburb has an average of 187 clear days every year and an average high of 85 degrees in the summer. Many families and young professionals live in Fishers, pop. 37,835, where the average home price is below the national average.
44. Ottawa Hills, Ohio
The second Ohio suburb to make the list of the most popular suburbs in the U.S. is Ottawa Hills. This village outside Toledo is safe, well educated, affordable, and good for families.
45. Short Pump, Virginia
Short Pump, named for a short-handled water pump for horses at an 1800s tavern there, has a population of 27,500 and is home to lots of families and young professionals who own their own homes. This dense suburban neighborhood outside Richmond has good schools, great housing options, and nightlife to pursue.
46. Frontenac, Missouri
This tiny, affluent St. Louis neighborhood has a rural feel and all the things that make a suburb stand out.
47. White Rock, New Mexico
This community of 5,880 in Los Alamos County has a rural vibe, great schools, hiking trails, lots of parks, and home prices in line with the national average.
48. Stone Ridge, Virginia
Good public schools, housing options, and diversity all helped Stone Ridge land the 48th spot on this list of top U.S. suburbs. The Washington, D.C., bedroom community has about 16,600 residents.
49. The Woodlands, Texas
This sounds like a good kind of sprawl, y’all. The Woodlands, a 29,000-acre master-planned home to 118,500 people and over 2,000 businesses, has a natural forest and 140 parks and is linked by more than 220 miles of hiking and biking trails. With top schools, home prices just a bit above the national average, and nightlife, this Houston suburb scores.
50. Berwyn, Pennsylvania
This pricey Philadelphia suburb of just 3,800 residents offers an urban-suburban feel. Most residents own their own homes, and there are charming coffee shops, restaurants, and parks to visit.
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