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Make Yourself at Home: Cities with the Most Homeowners

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Home is where the heart is, and in these cities, there are more homeowners than anywhere else in America.

It’s your pride. It’s your security. It’s the place you wake up every morning and the place you return to every evening. It’s your home, and owning that home is a major accomplishment.

There are many considerations that go into purchasing personal property. What is your financial situation? What are your current needs? How might those needs change moving into the future? Do you plan to insure against damage from tragedies such as fire, theft, or flood? Buying a house is a massive financial goal, and many prospective-purchasers spend years saving up to properly afford, furnish, secure, and insure that home.

It’s no secret that residential areas tend to form in blocks. Whereas young renters often live in more urban centers—with their units interspersed among retail, industry, and service venues—homeowners flock together in neighborhoods and suburbs.

Not all cities have an even distribution between these renters and owners. As it happens, more of those owners tend to end up in some communities than others. Curious about these preeminent cities, Insurify, a home insurance quotes comparison site, combed the data to find the top 20 cities for homeownership by state.
Insights


National rate of homeownership. The national rate of homeownership is 64.8 percent. That said, these homeowners are far from evenly distributed. In fact, there are only 16 states nationwide that are home to even a single mid-to-large-sized city with a home-owning population that exceeds this nationwide average. In the remaining 34, renting remains the more common option by far within these metro areas.
Price of admission. It’s common knowledge that affording a home comes at no small price. Therefore, it is unsurprising that the median household income of these high-ownership cities almost always outstrips that of the statewide average. There are two exceptions to this trend in this top 20 ranking: the cities with the highest share of homeowners in the states of Florida and Indiana had average household incomes that fell below their respective state’s median.
Honeymoons and housewarmings. While young couples are increasingly opting to live together before marriage, the jump to homeownership is one that is still primarily made by spouses. While 49.7 percent of Americans 15 and older are currently married, the share of married citizens in most of the cities on this list is comfortably higher than the national rate. That being said, the cities with the highest proportion of homeowners in South Dakota, Indiana, Idaho, Iowa, and Florida eschew this pattern, with married populations that are relatively smaller than the U.S. standard.
Methodology

The team of data scientists at Insurify, a homeowners insurance quotes site, analyzed data from City-Data.com to identify and explore the top cities in each state with the highest percentage of residents living in homes that they own. All cities in consideration had a population exceeding 100,000 for an analysis that focused on cities that are mid-size or larger. The team also gathered data on average household income for both city and state, as well as the share of married individuals who are 15 and older.


20. Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Proportion of homeowners: 61.8%
Average household income: $56,867
Statewide average household income: $54,467
Percentage of married adults: 48.4%


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19. Fort Wayne, Indiana
Proportion of homeowners: 61.9%
Average household income: $45,232
Statewide average household income: $52,314
Percentage of married adults: 44.4%
18. Boise, Idaho
Proportion of homeowners: 62.0%
Average household income: $55,199
Statewide average household income: $51,807
Percentage of married adults: 49.0%


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17. Henderson, Nevada
Proportion of homeowners: 62.3%
Average household income: $68,191
Statewide average household income: $55,180
Percentage of married adults: 50.2%
16. Ko’olaupoko, Hawaii
Proportion of homeowners: 64.8%
Average household income: $102,652
Statewide average household income: $74,511
Percentage of married adults: 57.3%


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15. Cary, North Carolina
Proportion of homeowners: 66.8%
Average household income: $100,167
Statewide average household income: $50,584
Percentage of married adults: 64.1%
14. Staten Island, New York
Proportion of homeowners: 67.4%
Average household income: $77,197
Statewide average household income: $62,909
Percentage of married adults: 57.2%


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13. Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Proportion of homeowners: 67.7%
Average household income: $57,135
Statewide average household income: $56,247
Percentage of married adults: 48.7%
12. Chesapeake, Virginia
Proportion of homeowners: 70.1%
Average household income: $72,928
Statewide average household income: $68,114
Percentage of married adults: 50.5%
11. Rochester, Minnesota
Proportion of homeowners: 70.3%
Average household income: $67,712
Statewide average household income: $65,599
Percentage of married adults: 50.4%
10. Sterling Heights, Michigan
Proportion of homeowners: 72.1%
Average household income: $173,400
Statewide average household income: $147,100
Percentage of married adults: 52.8%
9. Olathe, Kansas
Proportion of homeowners: 72.6%
Average household income: $82,242
Statewide average household income: $54,935
Percentage of married adults: 57.4%
8. Simi Valley, California
Proportion of homeowners: 72.7%
Average household income: $94,363
Statewide average household income: $67,739
Percentage of married adults: 50.4%
7. Gilbert, Arizona
Proportion of homeowners: 73.9%
Average household income: $91,576
Statewide average household income: $53,558
Percentage of married adults: 58.1%
6. Naperville, Illinois
Proportion of homeowners: 74.2%
Average household income: $116,482
Statewide average household income: $60,960
Percentage of married adults: 61.7%
5. West Jordan, Utah
Proportion of homeowners: 74.6%
Average household income: $71,517
Statewide average household income: $65,977
Percentage of married adults: 54.7%
4. Palm Bay, Florida
Proportion of homeowners: 75.4%
Average household income: $45,712
Statewide average household income: $50,860
Percentage of married adults: 46.7%
3. Pearland, Texas
Proportion of homeowners: 76.2%
Average household income: $91,010
Statewide average household income: $56,565
Percentage of married adults: 61.1%
2. Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
Proportion of homeowners: 76.2%
Average household income: $70,221
Statewide average household income: $49,176
Percentage of married adults: 59.0%
1. Centennial, Colorado
Proportion of homeowners: 80.3%
Average household income: $70,950
Statewide average household income: $65,685
Percentage of married adults: 61.5%

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