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Affordable Neighborhoods with A+ Best Schools in America’s Top 20 Metros

All across America, parents struggle to find the best public schools for their children. They study test scores, class sizes, spending per student, college admissions and other data, honing in on the best school systems.

But once parents have identified those fantastic school districts in their area, many are met with an insurmountable obstacle, namely the high cost of buying a house in the district so their children can attend the schools. It can stop most parents in their tracts.

It is a well-known fact that, generally, and with all else being equal, better schools command higher housing prices. Sometimes way higher. This often leaves parents who want the best schools for their children feeling trapped into having to settle for far lesser schools because they simply cannot afford to buy a home in the best school districts.

Because of this seemingly intractable barrier of housing costs as the cost of entry into the best school districts, NeighborhoodScout.com has aimed it’s search engines at the problem with the goal of uncovering those neighborhoods that offer the best public schools for your housing dollar in each of American’s 20 largest metropolitan areas. We have identified a #1 pick neighborhood in each metropolitan area.

These 20 neighborhoods offer a way to buy into great schools relative to the quality of schools in each of these metro areas, at jaw-dropping good prices. Most people expect to pay double these home prices to get into school districts of this quality in many metro areas. In some cases the findings here cut the expected housing costs in half, right out of the gate.

These neighborhoods also have good educational environments (numerous college educated neighbors, few children living in poverty), as well as top-notch school systems. These may not be the cheapest neighborhoods in your metropolitan area, but they are the lowest cost neighborhoods for the top quality public schools most parents want for their children. Without further ado, here is the list. And the keys to the kingdom.

NeighborhoodScout’s picks of the neighborhoods in the top 20 metros with the best public schools for your dollar:

Metro Area
Neighborhood
Median House Value
Scout’s Exclusive Neighborhood Public School Rating (100 is best)
Chicago, IL
Elmhurst, IL (Grand Ave)
$260,105
86
Boston, MA
Brookline, MA (Brookline Village)
$390,447
98
New York, NY
Queens, NY (Springfield Blvd / Kingsbury Ave) 
$234,924
92
Philadelphia, PA
Narberth, PA (Hollow Rd / Hagys Ford Rd)
$274,086
96
Dallas, TX
Richardson, TX (E Renner Rd / N Plano Rd) 
$259,597
90
Los Angeles, CA
Los Alamitos, CA (Katella Ave / Los Alamitos Blvd)
$411,225
87
San Francisco, CA
Walnut Creek, CA (Terra Granada Dr / Ptarmigan Dr)
$380,093
90
Houston, TX
Friendswood, TX (Fm 528 Rd / Canal Dr)
$218,832
94
Miami, FL
Hallandale Beach, FL (S Ocean Dr / Hallandale Ave)
$184,819
52
Phoenix, AZ
Gilbert, AZ (E Williams Field Rd / S Power Rd)
$199,242
75
Washington, DC
Laurel, MD (High Ridge) 
$279,307
88
Atlanta, GA
Fayetteville, GA (Forrest Ave / White Rd) 
$202,980
65
Detroit, MI
Grosse Pointe Woods, MI (Norwood Dr / Mack Ave)
$169,503
91
Seattle, WA
Kirkland, WA (NE 116th St / 120th Ave NE)
$281,273
94
Minneapolis, MN
St. Anthony, MN (City Center)
$202,431
95
Cleveland, OH
Bay Village, OH (Lake Rd / Dover Center Rd)
$152,392
90
San Diego, CA
San Diego, CA (Carmel Mountain Rd / Rancho Penasquitos Blvd)
$232,452
77
Saint Louis, MO
Brentwood, MO (City Center) 
$167,649
96
Denver, CO
Littleton, CO (S Federal Blvd / W Belleview Ave)
$184,360
92
Tampa, FL
Wesley Chapel, FL (Town Center)
$194,378
53

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About Location, Inc.

Location, Inc. is a research and data mining company born of university research, specializing in location analysis, demographic and school data information products, and location-based decision-making tools for businesses and consumers. The Company licenses data for a host of business to business applications. Location, Inc. is the owner of NeighborhoodScout.com, a national neighborhood data source and search engine which has served 7.8 million home buyers and businesses since its 2002 inception. The Company is based in Massachusetts.

About Dr. Schiller

Dr. Andrew Schiller is the Founder, President and Chairman of Location, Inc. and is responsible for inventing the methods and technology that power NeighborhoodScout.com. He is also responsible for designing studies and reports for various media outlets, including The Wall Street Journal, CNN, Money Magazine, Parade Magazine, Smart Money, The New York Times, and others.

Prior to founding NeighborhoodScout, Andrew received his Ph.D. in Geography from Clark University’s Graduate School of Geography, America’s oldest and largest geography Ph.D. program. Previously he was a scientist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Atomic Energy Complex. He was also a Director of Science for the Nature Conservancy’s Tennessee Chapter. He has conducted research and published with Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and Stanford University. He is an expert in statistics, demographic and risk analysis, and interpreting the relationships among environmental, social and economic conditions in the United States.