Finding a home where you’d love to live is easy. Finding one that also fits your budget? That’s the real challenge. While our research has found that some cities are experiencing a shift towards a buyers market, many metro areas are still largely unaffordable for the typical home buyer.
But many metros aren’t all metros. We took a close look at the top five affordable metro areas, then compared the median home prices in those places to the area’s median income. What did we find? First, we found zip codes where 100% of homes were affordable on a local salary. Then, we identified some great neighborhoods within those zip codes with cute homes and happy neighbors. From a rural oasis in the suburbs to a quiet section of mid-century homes in the middle of an urban neighborhood, these are some of the most affordable neighborhoods in the nation.