The 50 Best Cities in the U.S. for Buying a Mansion

Where to go big. (Really big.)

The 50 Best Cities in the U.S. for Buying a Mansion

Where to go big. (Really big.)

Congrats, baller. You’re officially ready to dip into your nest egg and spread those wings—yes, both east and west wings. That’s right, we’re talking about purchasing the ultimate asset: a mansion. Now, you’re ready to move on to the bigger question: where?

There are several things to consider when buying a big house. First and foremost: the cost and location. If you’re looking for thousands upon thousands of square feet in a really vibrant area, you’ll need some serious Jeff Bezos money. Conversely, if you stray too far into more remote locales where real estate values plummet, you’re making a riskier bet on the size of your return on investment down the road.

That’s why we’re defining the “best” places in America to buy a mansion as the ones that fall squarely in the middle. Of the 200 largest cities in America, here are the ones where 4-bedroom houses (and bigger) can be found at more affordable prices and where the relevant economic indicators—from unemployment figures to property taxes to population growth—suggest you’re making a great bet on a city that’s really on the rise. So read on, and best of luck! And if you’re thinking about moving, don’t miss our list of The 100 Happiest Cities in America.

A brief snapshot of our criteria:

Three-Year Population Growth Rate (30%) – SOURCE: U.S. Census
Niche Overall Grade: (30%) – SOURCE: Niche neighborhood data analysts
County Unemployment Rate: (10%) – SOURCE: Bureau of Labor Statistics
Average Price of 4BD/2BR Home: (20%) – SOURCE: Coldwell Banker Home Listing Report
County Property Tax: (10%) – SOURCE: SmartAsset real estate data analysts

Elk Grove, CA, worst singles scenes, best cities to buy a mansion

50
Elk Grove, CA

Population: 169,743
Population Growth Rate: 5.71%
Niche Grade: A
Unemployment Rate: 5.00%
Average Price of 4BD/2BR Home: $396,829
County Property Tax: 0.95%
Mansion Score: 76.20

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Fort Wayne, drunkest cities, happiest cities, fattest cities, best cities to buy a mansion

49
Fort Wayne, IN

Population: 264,488
Population Growth Rate: 1.96%
Niche Grade: A-
Unemployment Rate: 2.90%
Average Price of 4BD/2BR Home: $171,506
County Property Tax: 0.92%
Mansion Score: 76.89

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Arlington, happiest cities, worst singles scenes, best cities to buy a mansion

48
Arlington, TX

Population: 392,772
Population Growth Rate: 3.54%
Niche Grade: A-
Unemployment Rate: 4.00%
Average Price of 4BD/2BR Home: $205,372
County Property Tax: 2.32%
Mansion Score: 77.29

Chesapeake, happiest cities, longest-living cities, healthiest cities, singles scenes, best cities to buy a mansion

47
Chesapeake, VA

Population: 237,940
Population Growth Rate: 3.17%
Niche Grade: A
Unemployment Rate: 4.20%
Average Price of 4BD/2BR Home: $287,966
County Property Tax: 0.97%
Mansion Score: 77.72

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Killeen, drunkest cities, worst singles scenes, best cities to buy a mansion

46
Killeen, TX

Population: 143,400
Population Growth Rate: 4.78%
Niche Grade: B+
Unemployment Rate: 4.50%
Average Price of 4BD/2BR Home: $157,650
County Property Tax: 1.87%
Mansion Score: 78.00

Thornton, CO, worst singles scenes, best cities to buy a mansion

45
Thornton, CO

Population: 136,703
Population Growth Rate: 7.04%
Niche Grade: A-
Unemployment Rate: 2.80%
Average Price of 4BD/2BR Home: $363,057
County Property Tax: 0.77%
Mansion Score: 78.29

Clarksville, drunkest cities, longest-living cities, worst singles scenes, best cities to buy a mansion

44
Clarksville, TN

Population: 150,287
Population Growth Rate: 5.36%
Niche Grade: B+
Unemployment Rate: 4.60%
Average Price of 4BD/2BR Home: $186,301
County Property Tax: 0.87%
Mansion Score: 78.34

Dallas, happiest cities, drunkest cities, fattest cities, best cities to buy a mansion

43
Dallas, TX

Population: 1,317,929
Population Growth Rate: 4.76%
Niche Grade: A-
Unemployment Rate: 4.20%
Average Price of 4BD/2BR Home: $240,689
County Property Tax: 2.17%
Mansion Score: 78.61

Des Moines, drunkest cities, happiest cities, longest-living cities, best cities to buy a mansion

42
Des Moines, IA

Population: 215,472
Population Growth Rate: 1.97%
Niche Grade: A-
Unemployment Rate: 3.10%
Average Price of 4BD/2BR Home: $138,304
County Property Tax: 1.79%
Mansion Score: 79.17

Phoenix, happiest cities, best cities to buy a mansion

41
Phoenix, AZ

Population: 1,615,017
Population Growth Rate: 5.86%
Niche Grade: A
Unemployment Rate: 4.50%
Average Price of 4BD/2BR Home: $376,000
County Property Tax: 0.80%
Mansion Score: 79.55

Charleston, longest-living cities, fattest cities, drunkest cities, best singles scenes, best cities to buy a mansion

40
Charleston, SC

Population: 134,385
Population Growth Rate: 5.44%
Niche Grade: A
Unemployment Rate: 3.50%
Average Price of 4BD/2BR Home: $369,031
County Property Tax: 0.52%
Mansion Score: 79.84

Cape Coral, happiest cities, longest-living cities, worst singles scenes, best cities to buy a mansion

39
Cape Coral, FL

Population: 179,804
Population Growth Rate: 8.90%
Niche Grade: B+
Unemployment Rate: 4.20%
Average Price of 4BD/2BR Home: $312,975
County Property Tax: 1.15%
Mansion Score: 79.97

Columbus, happiest cities, drunkest cities, fattest cities, best cities to buy a mansion

38
Columbus, OH

Population: 860,090
Population Growth Rate: 4.27%
Niche Grade: A-
Unemployment Rate: 4.40%
Average Price of 4BD/2BR Home: $206,282
County Property Tax: 2.03%
Mansion Score: 80.00

Grand Prairie, happiest cities, worst singles scenes, best cities to buy a mansion

37
Grand Prairie, TX

Population: 190,682
Population Growth Rate: 3.93%
Niche Grade: A-
Unemployment Rate: 4.20%
Average Price of 4BD/2BR Home: $187,400
County Property Tax: 2.17%
Mansion Score: 80.63

Chandler, happiest cities, longest-living cities, fittest cities, healthiest cities, worst singles scenes, best cities to buy a mansion

36
Chandler, AZ

Population: 247,477
Population Growth Rate: 3.00%
Niche Grade: A+
Unemployment Rate: 4.50%
Average Price of 4BD/2BR Home: $337,985
County Property Tax: 0.80%
Mansion Score: 80.90

Boise, happiest cities, drunkest cities, fittest cities, healthiest cities, best singles scenes, best cities to buy a mansion

35
Boise, ID

Population: 223,154
Population Growth Rate: 3.16%
Niche Grade: A
Unemployment Rate: 2.50%
Average Price of 4BD/2BR Home: $273,457
County Property Tax: 0.80%
Mansion Score: 81.00

Kansas city, fattest cities, drunkest cities, best cities to buy a mansion

34
Kansas City, MO

Population: 481,420
Population Growth Rate: 3.06%
Niche Grade: A
Unemployment Rate: 4.30%
Average Price of 4BD/2BR Home: $239,148
County Property Tax: 1.39%
Mansion Score: 81.65

Scottsdale, drunkest cities, happiest cities, fittest cities, longest-living cities, healthiest cities, best singles scenes, best cities to buy a mansion

33
Scottsdale, AZ

Population: 246,645
Population Growth Rate: 8.05%
Niche Grade: A+
Unemployment Rate: 4.50%
Average Price of 4BD/2BR Home: $530,372
County Property Tax: 0.80%
Mansion Score: 81.85

Tallahassee, longest-living cities, drunkest cities, fittest cities, healthiest cities, best singles scenes, best cities to buy a mansion

32
Tallahassee, FL

Population: 190,894
Population Growth Rate: 2.39%
Niche Grade: A
Unemployment Rate: 4.20%
Average Price of 4BD/2BR Home: $213,991
County Property Tax: 0.98%
Mansion Score: 81.99

Houston, happiest cities, drunkest cities, fattest cities, best cities to buy a mansion

31
Houston, TX

Population: 2,303,482
Population Growth Rate: 4.49%
Niche Grade: A
Unemployment Rate: 5.30%
Average Price of 4BD/2BR Home: $274,061
County Property Tax: 2.26%
Mansion Score: 82.01

Columbia, fattest cities, drunkest cities, best singles scenes, best cities to buy a mansion

30
Columbia, SC

Population: 134,309
Population Growth Rate: 1.90%
Niche Grade: A
Unemployment Rate: 4.20%
Average Price of 4BD/2BR Home: $192,187
County Property Tax: 0.79%
Mansion Score: 82.39

Fort Worth, happiest cities, worst singles scenes, best cities to buy a mansion

29
Fort Worth, TX

Population: 854,113
Population Growth Rate: 7.30%
Niche Grade: B+
Unemployment Rate: 4.00%
Average Price of 4BD/2BR Home: $213,150
County Property Tax: 2.32%
Mansion Score: 82.58

Oklahoma City, happiest cities, drunkest cities, fattest cities, best cities to buy a mansion

28
Oklahoma City, OK

Population: 638,367
Population Growth Rate: 4.48%
Niche Grade: A-
Unemployment Rate: 4.50%
Average Price of 4BD/2BR Home: $195,666
County Property Tax: 1.06%
Mansion Score: 82.77

San Antonio, happiest cities, drunkest cities, fattest cities, best cities to buy a mansion

27
San Antonio, TX

Population: 1,492,510
Population Growth Rate: 5.73%
Niche Grade: A-
Unemployment Rate: 3.90%
Average Price of 4BD/2BR Home: $227,024
County Property Tax: 2.10%
Mansion Score: 84.21

Peoria, happiest cities, fittest cities, healthiest cities, worst singles scenes, best cities to buy a mansion

26
Peoria, AZ

Population: 164,173
Population Growth Rate: 5.19%
Niche Grade: A
Unemployment Rate: 4.50%
Average Price of 4BD/2BR Home: $300,556
County Property Tax: 0.80%
Mansion Score: 84.40

Lexington, drunkest cities, longest-living cities, best singles scenes, best cities to buy a mansion

25
Lexington, KY

Population: 318,449
Population Growth Rate: 3.22%
Niche Grade: A
Unemployment Rate: 4.40%
Average Price of 4BD/2BR Home: $220,025
County Property Tax: 0.96%
Mansion Score: 84.54

Lubbock, happiest cities, drunkest cities, best cities to buy a mansion

24
Lubbock, TX

Population: 252,506
Population Growth Rate: 5.19%
Niche Grade: A-
Unemployment Rate: 3.80%
Average Price of 4BD/2BR Home: $200,687
County Property Tax: 1.75%
Mansion Score: 85.15

Irving, happiest cities, worst singles scenes, best cities to buy a mansion

23
Irving, TX

Population: 238,289
Population Growth Rate: 4.28%
Niche Grade: A
Unemployment Rate: 4.20%
Average Price of 4BD/2BR Home: $242,446
County Property Tax: 2.17%
Mansion Score: 85.49

Fort Collins, drunkest cities, longest-living cities, best cities to buy a mansion

22
Fort Collins, CO

Population: 164,207
Population Growth Rate: 7.32%
Niche Grade: A+
Unemployment Rate: 2.10%
Average Price of 4BD/2BR Home: $487,850
County Property Tax: 0.66%
Mansion Score: 85.74

Port St. Lucie, happiest cities, worst singles scenes, best cities to buy a mansion

21
Port St. Lucie, FL

Population: 185,132
Population Growth Rate: 8.47%
Niche Grade: B+
Unemployment Rate: 5.10%
Average Price of 4BD/2BR Home: $219,015
County Property Tax: 1.52%
Mansion Score: 86.37

Madison, longest-living cities, happiest cities, drunkest cities, fittest cities, healthiest cities, best singles scenes, best cities to buy a mansion

20
Madison, WI

Population: 252,551
Population Growth Rate: 3.83%
Niche Grade: A+
Unemployment Rate: 2.60%
Average Price of 4BD/2BR Home: $309,469
County Property Tax: 2.01%
Mansion Score: 87.74

Henderson, happiest cities, drunkest cities, singles scenes, best cities to buy a mansion

19
Henderson, NV

Population: 292,969
Population Growth Rate: 8.50%
Niche Grade: A-
Unemployment Rate: 5.10%
Average Price of 4BD/2BR Home: $298,204
County Property Tax: 0.97%
Mansion Score: 88.11

Austin, happiest cities, drunkest cities, fittest cities, healthiest cities, best cities to buy a mansion

18
Austin, TX

Population: 947,890
Population Growth Rate: 7.06%
Niche Grade: A+
Unemployment Rate: 3.30%
Average Price of 4BD/2BR Home: $414,563
County Property Tax: 1.97%
Mansion Score: 89.53

Midland, drunkest cities, best cities to buy a mansion

17
Midland, TX

Population: 134,610
Population Growth Rate: 8.31%
Niche Grade: A-
Unemployment Rate: 3.50%
Average Price of 4BD/2BR Home: $285,677
County Property Tax: 1.42%
Mansion Score: 89.75

Huntsville, happiest cities, fattest cities, longest-living cities, best cities to buy a mansion

16
Huntsville, AL

Population: 193,079
Population Growth Rate: 3.67%
Niche Grade: A
Unemployment Rate: 4.60%
Average Price of 4BD/2BR Home: $183,998
County Property Tax: 0.46%
Mansion Score: 90.20

Atlanta, happiest cities, drunkest cities, fittest cities, best singles scenes, best cities to buy a mansion

15
Atlanta, GA

Population: 472,522
Population Growth Rate: 5.50%
Niche Grade: A
Unemployment Rate: 5.20%
Average Price of 4BD/2BR Home: $242,550
County Property Tax: 1.14%
Mansion Score: 90.40

Tampa, fittest cities, drunkest cities, healthiest cities, best singles scenes, best cities to buy a mansion

14
Tampa, FL

Population: 377,165
Population Growth Rate: 6.86%
Niche Grade: A
Unemployment Rate: 4.00%
Average Price of 4BD/2BR Home: $299,579
County Property Tax: 1.15%
Mansion Score: 91.33

Plano, happiest cities, longest-living cities, healthiest cities, best cities to buy a mansion

13
Plano, TX

Population: 286,057
Population Growth Rate: 3.95%
Niche Grade: A+
Unemployment Rate: 3.80%
Average Price of 4BD/2BR Home: $262,063
County Property Tax: 2.11%
Mansion Score: 91.67

Colorado Springs, longest-living cities, drunkest cities, happiest cities, healthiest cities, best cities to buy a mansion

12
Colorado Springs, CO

Population: 465,101
Population Growth Rate: 5.47%
Niche Grade: A
Unemployment Rate: 3.10%
Average Price of 4BD/2BR Home: $252,347
County Property Tax: 0.52%
Mansion Score: 92.03

Olathe, longest-living cities, worst singles scenes, best cities to buy a mansion

11
Olathe, KS

Population: 135,473
Population Growth Rate: 2.82%
Niche Grade: A+
Unemployment Rate: 3.20%
Average Price of 4BD/2BR Home: $222,892
County Property Tax: 1.31%
Mansion Score: 92.49

Charlotte, happiest cities, longest-living cities, healthiest cities, best cities to buy a mansion

10
Charlotte, NC

Population: 842,051
Population Growth Rate: 6.20%
Niche Grade: A
Unemployment Rate: 4.00%
Average Price of 4BD/2BR Home: $257,121
County Property Tax: 1.16%
Mansion Score: 92.92

Cary, longest-living cities, fountain, singles scenes, best cities to buy a mansion

9
Cary, NC

Population: 162,320
Population Growth Rate: 7.23%
Niche Grade: A+
Unemployment Rate: 3.60%
Average Price of 4BD/2BR Home: $389,885
County Property Tax: 0.86%
Mansion Score: 93.48

Durham, happiest cities, longest-living cities, healthiest cities, best cities to buy a mansion

8
Durham, NC

Population: 263,016
Population Growth Rate: 6.99%
Niche Grade: A
Unemployment Rate: 3.80%
Average Price of 4BD/2BR Home: $268,566
County Property Tax: 1.23%
Mansion Score: 95.08

Overland Park, happiest cities, fittest cities, longest-living cities, healthiest cities, best cities to buy a mansion

7
Overland Park, KS

Population: 188,966
Population Growth Rate: 4.39%
Niche Grade: A+
Unemployment Rate: 3.20%
Average Price of 4BD/2BR Home: $254,296
County Property Tax: 1.39%
Mansion Score: 95.53

Denton, old bridge, sunset, longest-living cities, best cities to buy a mansion

6
Denton, TX

Population: 133,808
Population Growth Rate: 6.98%
Niche Grade: A
Unemployment Rate: 3.70%
Average Price of 4BD/2BR Home: $255,010
County Property Tax: 2.09%
Mansion Score: 95.61

Gilbert, happiest cities, fittest cities, longest-living cities, healthiest cities, worst singles scenes, best cities to buy a mansion

5
Gilbert, AZ

Population: 237,133
Population Growth Rate: 7.05%
Niche Grade: A+
Unemployment Rate: 4.50%
Average Price of 4BD/2BR Home: $348,257
County Property Tax: 0.80%
Mansion Score: 96.09

Raleigh, happiest cities, drunkest cities, fittest cities, longest-living cities, healthiest cities, best cities to buy a mansion

4
Raleigh, NC

Population: 458,880
Population Growth Rate: 6.35%
Niche Grade: A+
Unemployment Rate: 3.60%
Average Price of 4BD/2BR Home: $290,972
County Property Tax: 0.86%
Mansion Score: 99.84

Orlando, happiest cities, drunkest cities, fittest cities, healthiest cities, best singles scenes, best cities to buy a mansion

3
Orlando, FL

Population: 277,173
Population Growth Rate: 8.44%
Niche Grade: A
Unemployment Rate: 3.80%
Average Price of 4BD/2BR Home: $255,959
County Property Tax: 1.18%
Mansion Score: 102.18

McKinney, suburban homes, longest-living cities, worst singles scenes, best cities to buy a mansion

2
McKinney, TX

Population: 172,298
Population Growth Rate: 15.62%
Niche Grade: A+
Unemployment Rate: 3.80%
Average Price of 4BD/2BR Home: $273,347
County Property Tax: 2.11%
Mansion Score: 137.23

Frisco, circus, longest-living cities, worst singles scenes, best cities to buy a mansion

1
Frisco, TX

Population: 163,656
Population Growth Rate: 19.57%
Niche Grade: A+
Unemployment Rate: 3.70%
Average Price of 4BD/2BR Home: $291,808
County Property Tax: 2.09%
Mansion Score: 151.32

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