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The Best Mid-Size Cities for Buyers

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The Best Mid-Size Cities for Buyers


November 10, 2020
Aerial view of Rochester, Minnesota
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Mid-size cities can be the perfect medium between the hustle and bustle of an urban city and the calmness of a small town. Mid-sized cities can be the affordable and less crowded alternative, so SmartAsset compared data from 227 U.S. cities to find the most livable mid-sized cities for 2020. These cities were compared by four-year home value change, median monthly housing costs, poverty rate, median household income, and more. Rochester, Minn. stole the first place spot for its short commute time, low unemployment and poverty rates. Olathe, Kan. came in second for its small rate of income inequality, poverty rate, unemployment, and median household income.

3. Overland Park, KS

Overland Park, Kansas ranks within the top 20% of study for four of the eight metrics we considered. The poverty rate in the city is 3.8%, eighth-lowest in the study. Overland Park is tied for 19th in terms of July 2020 unemployment rate, coming in at 6.6%. The city also places 31st for the percentage of residents without health insurance, at 5.2%. Furthermore, the median household income in Overland Park is 39th-highest out of 227, at $91,518.

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