The 50 Best Cities in the U.S. for Flipping a House

When you're looking to make a tidy sum in real estate, take a look at these cities.

The 50 Best Cities in the U.S. for Flipping a House

When you're looking to make a tidy sum in real estate, take a look at these cities.

House flipping is not for wimps. You need to be comfortable taking risks with a significant chunk of cash, know the right people (whether contractors or real estate agents), and—most important—have a keen eye for spotting where there is opportunity for a flip. There are many factors that help make an area ideal for house flipping, from home prices and property taxes, to the local population growth, to the specific types of homes that are getting bought up. While expert house-flippers can isolate their search for properties down to the individual street, bigger-picture data can also help to paint a picture of which specific cities are most desirable for someone looking to invest in house-flipping.

With this in mind, we’ve distilled the available data on the biggest metropolitan areas to determine the best cities to buy a house, renovate it, and put it back on the market. If you’re just looking to settle down yourself, however, you’ll probably be more interested in our list of The 100 Happiest Cities in America.

To determine these rankings, we took into account the following main data points.

Change in Home Prices, Year-Over-Year (15%) – determined by real estate service Trulia
Percent of Flips in 2016 (15%) – per Trulia
Three-Year Population Growth Rate (10%) – from 2013 to 2016, per U.S. Census
Overall Housing Grade (20%) – per neighborhood data analysts Niche
Market Potential Rank (out of 150) (20%) – per credit report service WalletHub
Renovation/Remodeling Rank (out of 150) (20%)– per WalletHub

Cincinnati, drunkest cities, best singles scenes

50
Cincinnati, OH

2016 Home Prices Change: 3.40%
Percent of Flips: 5.50%
Three-Year Growth Rate: 0.46%
Niche Overall Grade: A-
Market Potential Rank (out of 150): 99.99
Renovation/Remodeling Rank (out of 150): 80
House-Flipping Score: 43.37

Indianapolis, drunkest cities, fattest cities, house flip

49
Indianapolis, IN

Home Prices Change: 3.60%
Percent of Flips: 3.50%
Three-Year Growth Rate: 1.38%
Niche Overall Grade: A-
Market Potential Rank (out of 150): 139
Renovation/Remodeling Rank (out of 150): 31
House-Flipping Score: 44.80

Bakersfield, drunkest cities, worst singles scenes, house flip

48
Bakersfield, CA

Home Prices Change: 2.50%
Percent of Flips: 6.70%
Three-Year Growth Rate: 3.56%
Niche Overall Grade: B
Market Potential Rank (out of 150):: 84
Renovation/Remodeling Rank (out of 150): 130
House-Flipping Score: 44.80

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Providence, longest-living cities, drunkest cities, best singles scenes, house flip

47
Providence, RI

Home Prices Change: 4.00%
Percent of Flips: 5.80%
Three-Year Growth Rate: 0.46%
Niche Overall Grade: A
Market Potential Rank (out of 150): 44
Renovation/Remodeling Rank (out of 150): 98
House-Flipping Score: 44.96

Virginia Beach, happiest cities, fittest cities, longest-living cities, healthiest cities, house flip

46
Virginia Beach, VA

Home Prices Change: 1.80%
Percent of Flips: 7.00%
Three-Year Growth Rate: 0.89%
Niche Overall Grade: A
Market Potential Rank (out of 150): 18
Renovation/Remodeling Rank (out of 150): 70
House-Flipping Score: 45.70

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Boston, fittest cities, drunkest cities, longest-living cities, healthiest cities, best singles scenes, house flip

45
Boston, MA

Home Prices Change: 5.20%
Percent of Flips: 5.00%
Three-Year Growth Rate: 3.39%
Niche Overall Grade: B+
Market Potential Rank (out of 150): 89
Renovation/Remodeling Rank (out of 150): 148
House-Flipping Score: 46.26

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44
Tulsa, OK

Home Prices Change: 2.10%
Percent of Flips: 6.20%
Three-Year Growth Rate: 1.16%
Niche Overall Grade: B+
Market Potential Rank (out of 150): 26
Renovation/Remodeling Rank (out of 150): 14
House-Flipping Score: 46.96

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43
Memphis, TN

Home Prices Change: 3.40%
Percent of Flips: 8.20%
Three-Year Growth Rate: -0.75%
Niche Overall Grade: B
Market Potential Rank (out of 150): 2
Renovation/Remodeling Rank (out of 150): 40
House-Flipping Score: 47.04

Minneapolis, happiest cities, drunkest cities, fittest cities, longest-living cities, healthiest cities, best singles scenes, house flip

42
Minneapolis, MN

Home Prices Change: 4.50%
Percent of Flips: 5.10%
Three-Year Growth Rate: 3.38%
Niche Overall Grade: A
Market Potential Rank (out of 150): 72
Renovation/Remodeling Rank (out of 150): 119
House-Flipping Score: 48.97

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

41
Madison, WI

Home Prices Change: 4.50%
Percent of Flips: 4.20%
Three-Year Growth Rate: 3.83%
Niche Overall Grade: A+
Market Potential Rank (out of 150): 92
Renovation/Remodeling Rank (out of 150): 115
House-Flipping Score: 49.32

Winston-Salem, drunkest cities, fattest cities, longest-living cities, house flip

40
Winston–Salem, NC

Home Prices Change: 2.90%
Percent of Flips: 6.10%
Three-Year Growth Rate: 2.52%
Niche Overall Grade: A-
Market Potential Rank (out of 150): 22
Renovation/Remodeling Rank (out of 150): 55
House-Flipping Score: 49.36

Riverside, happiest cities, worst singles scenes, best for house flip

39
Riverside, CA

Home Prices Change: 5.20%
Percent of Flips: 6.40%
Three-Year Growth Rate: 2.73%
Niche Overall Grade: B+
Market Potential Rank (out of 150): 99
Renovation/Remodeling Rank (out of 150): 108
House-Flipping Score: 50.39

Los Angeles, happiest cities, best singles scenes, flip a house

38
Los Angeles, CA

Home Prices Change: 6.000%
Percent of Flips: 7.300%
Three-Year Growth Rate: 2.21%
Niche Overall Grade: B+
Market Potential Rank (out of 150): 131
Renovation/Remodeling Rank (out of 150): 140
House-Flipping Score: 50.59

fattest cities, drunkest cities, best singles scenes, flip a house

37
New Orleans, LA

Home Prices Change: 5.30%
Percent of Flips: 3.50%
Three-Year Growth Rate: 3.33%
Niche Overall Grade: B+
Market Potential Rank (out of 150): 7
Renovation/Remodeling Rank (out of 150): 38
House-Flipping Score: 50.72

San Jose, happiest cities, fittest cities, healthiest cities, worst singles scenes, flip a house

36
San Jose, CA

Home Prices Change: 7.80%
Percent of Flips: 5.20%
Three-Year Growth Rate: 2.37%
Niche Overall Grade: A-
Market Potential Rank (out of 150): 144
Renovation/Remodeling Rank (out of 150): 146
House-Flipping Score: 50.92

Fresno, best cities to flip a house

35
Fresno, CA

Home Prices Change: 4.500%
Percent of Flips: 8.200%
Three-Year Growth Rate: 2.57%
Niche Overall Grade: B
Market Potential Rank (out of 150): 46
Renovation/Remodeling Rank (out of 150): 100
House-Flipping Score: 51.84

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

34
Oklahoma City, OK

Home Prices Change: 3.40%
Percent of Flips: 3.60%
Three-Year Growth Rate: 4.48%
Niche Overall Grade: A-
Market Potential Rank (out of 150): 30
Renovation/Remodeling Rank (out of 150): 15
House-Flipping Score: 51.93

San Diego, happiest cities, drunkest cities, fittest cities, healthiest cities, flip a house

33
San Diego, CA

Home Prices Change: 5.80%
Percent of Flips: 5.80%
Three-Year Growth Rate: 3.56%
Niche Overall Grade: A
Market Potential Rank (out of 150): 113
Renovation/Remodeling Rank (out of 150): 132
House-Flipping Score: 52.45

Greensboro, drunkest cities, happiest cities, fattest cities, longest-living cities, best singles scenes, flip a house

Greensboro, NC

Home Prices Change: 4.10%
Percent of Flips: 5.30%
Three-Year Growth Rate: 2.63%
Niche Overall Grade: A
Market Potential Rank (out of 150): 48
Renovation/Remodeling Rank (out of 150): 11
House-Flipping Score: 53.29

Richmond, fattest cities, best singles scenes, flip a house

31
Richmond, VA

Home Prices Change: 3.80%
Percent of Flips: 7.40%
Three-Year Growth Rate: 4.43%
Niche Overall Grade: B+
Market Potential Rank (out of 150): 19
Renovation/Remodeling Rank (out of 150): 102
House-Flipping Score: 53.45

Oakland, happiest cities, fittest cities, healthiest cities, flip a house

30
Oakland, CA

Home Prices Change: 8.40%
Percent of Flips: 5.30%
Three-Year Growth Rate: 3.14%
Niche Overall Grade: A-
Market Potential Rank (out of 150): 141
Renovation/Remodeling Rank (out of 150): 143
House-Flipping Score: 54.06

San Francisco, drunkest cities, happiest cities, fittest cities, healthiest cities, best singles scenes, flip a house

29
San Francisco, CA

Home Prices Change: 8.50%
Percent of Flips: 3.90%
Three-Year Growth Rate: 3.77%
Niche Overall Grade: A+
Market Potential Rank (out of 150): 142
Renovation/Remodeling Rank (out of 150): 150
House-Flipping Score: 54.24

Knoxville, fattest cities, drunkest cities, longest-living cities, best singles scenes, flip a house

28
Knoxville, TN

Home Prices Change: 3.30%
Percent of Flips: 7.60%
Three-Year Growth Rate: 1.94%
Niche Overall Grade: B+
Market Potential Rank (out of 150): 21
Renovation/Remodeling Rank (out of 150): 4
House-Flipping Score: 54.41

Washington DC, D.C., drunkest cities, happiest cities, fittest cities, healthiest cities, best singles scenes, flip a house

27
Washington D.C.

Home Prices Change: 3.40%
Percent of Flips: 6.70%
Three-Year Growth Rate: 4.93%
Niche Overall Grade: A
Market Potential Rank (out of 150): 81
Renovation/Remodeling Rank (out of 150): 99
House-Flipping Score: 54.41

Tucson, drunkest cities, flip a house

26
Tucson, AZ

Home Prices Change: 4.60%
Percent of Flips: 7.40%
Three-Year Growth Rate: 0.87%
Niche Overall Grade: A-
Market Potential Rank (out of 150): 68
Renovation/Remodeling Rank (out of 150): 17
House-Flipping Score: 54.56

Salt Lake City, drunkest cities, happiest cities, fittest cities, best singles scenes, flip a house

25
Salt Lake City, UT

Home Prices Change: 6.80%
Percent of Flips: 5.50%
Three-Year Growth Rate: 1.21%
Niche Overall Grade: A+
Market Potential Rank (out of 150): 126
Renovation/Remodeling Rank (out of 150): 64
House-Flipping Score: 54.66

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

24
Kansas City, MO

Home Prices Change: 5.30%
Percent of Flips: 4.90%
Three-Year Growth Rate: 3.06%
Niche Overall Grade: A
Market Potential Rank (out of 150): 120
Renovation/Remodeling Rank (out of 150): 39
House-Flipping Score: 54.84

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

23
Dallas, TX

Home Prices Change: 9.10%
Percent of Flips: 2.80%
Three-Year Growth Rate: 4.76%
Niche Overall Grade: A-
Market Potential Rank (out of 150): 112
Renovation/Remodeling Rank (out of 150): 112
House-Flipping Score: 55.78

Grand Rapids, longest-living cities, drunkest cities, happiest cities, fattest cities, best singles scenes, flip a house

22
Grand Rapids, MI

Home Prices Change: 7.30%
Percent of Flips: 4.40%
Three-Year Growth Rate: 1.82%
Niche Overall Grade: A
Market Potential Rank (out of 150): 25
Renovation/Remodeling Rank (out of 150): 29
House-Flipping Score: 56.09

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

21
Columbus, OH

Home Prices Change: 5.30%
Percent of Flips: 5.30%
Three-Year Growth Rate: 4.27%
Niche Overall Grade: A-
Market Potential Rank (out of 150): 52
Renovation/Remodeling Rank (out of 150): 52
House-Flipping Score: 56.23

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

20
San Antonio, TX

Home Prices Change: 5.70%
Percent of Flips: 4.70%
Three-Year Growth Rate: 5.73%
Niche Overall Grade: A-
Market Potential Rank (out of 150): 145
Renovation/Remodeling Rank (out of 150): 24
House-Flipping Score: 60.56

 

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

19
Fort Worth, TX

Home Prices Change: 8.10%
Percent of Flips: 2.10%
Three-Year Growth Rate: 7.30%
Niche Overall Grade: B+
Market Potential Rank (out of 150): 136
Renovation/Remodeling Rank (out of 150): 43
House-Flipping Score: 61.05

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

18
Atlanta, GA

Home Prices Change: 6.50%
Percent of Flips: 7.90%
Three-Year Growth Rate: 5.50%
Niche Overall Grade: A
Market Potential Rank (out of 150): 32
Renovation/Remodeling Rank (out of 150): 141
House-Flipping Score: 61.38

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

17
Colorado Springs, CO

Home Prices Change: 5.90%
Percent of Flips: 5.40%
Three-Year Growth Rate: 5.47%
Niche Overall Grade: A
Market Potential Rank (out of 150): 51
Renovation/Remodeling Rank (out of 150): 46
House-Flipping Score: 61.44

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

16
Raleigh, NC

Home Prices Change: 5.70%
Percent of Flips: 4.60%
Three-Year Growth Rate: 6.35%
Niche Overall Grade: A+
Market Potential Rank (out of 150): 104
Renovation/Remodeling Rank (out of 150): 45
House-Flipping Score: 62.23

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

15
Charlotte, NC

Home Prices Change: 6.40%
Percent of Flips: 5.80%
Three-Year Growth Rate: 6.20%
Niche Overall Grade: A
Market Potential Rank (out of 150): 64
Renovation/Remodeling Rank (out of 150): 75
House-Flipping Score: 62.75

Jacksonville, fattest cities, drunkest cities, flip a house

14
Jacksonville, FL

Home Prices Change: 7.80%
Percent of Flips: 7.40%
Three-Year Growth Rate: 4.39%
Niche Overall Grade: B+
Market Potential Rank (out of 150): 14
Renovation/Remodeling Rank (out of 150): 69
House-Flipping Score: 63.57

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

13
Austin, TX

Home Prices Change: 7.90%
Percent of Flips: 3.40%
Three-Year Growth Rate: 7.06%
Niche Overall Grade: A+
Market Potential Rank (out of 150): 146
Renovation/Remodeling Rank (out of 150): 65
House-Flipping Score: 64.30

Fort Lauderdale, drunkest cities, happiest cities, fittest cities, healthiest cities, best singles scenes, flip a house

12
Fort Lauderdale, FL

Home Prices Change: 7.60%
Percent of Flips: 8.00%
Three-Year Growth Rate: 3.59%
Niche Overall Grade: A-
Market Potential Rank (out of 150): 49
Renovation/Remodeling Rank (out of 150): 58
House-Flipping Score: 64.49

Tacoma, drunkest cities, happiest cities, flip a house

11
Tacoma, WA

Home Prices Change: 9.30%
Percent of Flips: 7.60%
Three-Year Growth Rate: 4.21%
Niche Overall Grade: B+
Market Potential Rank (out of 150): 23
Renovation/Remodeling Rank (out of 150): 81
House-Flipping Score: 65.81

Portland, happiest cities, drunkest cities, fittest cities, healthiest cities, best singles scenes, flip a house

10
Portland, OR

Home Prices Change: 11.00%
Percent of Flips: 5.70%
Three-Year Growth Rate: 5.05%
Niche Overall Grade: A
Market Potential Rank (out of 150): 82
Renovation/Remodeling Rank (out of 150): 126
House-Flipping Score: 66.04

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9
Miami, FL

Home Prices Change: 8.80%
Percent of Flips: 6.90%
Three-Year Growth Rate: 7.69%
Niche Overall Grade: B
Market Potential Rank (out of 150): 91
Renovation/Remodeling Rank (out of 150): 87
House-Flipping Score: 68.92

Phoenix, happiest cities, best cities to buy a mansion, flip a house

8
Phoenix, AZ

Home Prices Change: 6.70%
Percent of Flips: 7.30%
Three-Year Growth Rate: 5.86%
Niche Overall Grade: A
Market Potential Rank (out of 150): 61
Renovation/Remodeling Rank (out of 150): 22
House-Flipping Score: 69.22

Nashville, happiest cities, fattest cities, longest-living cities, best singles scenes, rent, property

7
Nashville, TN

Home Prices Change: 8.20%
Percent of Flips: 8.10%
Three-Year Growth Rate: 4.02%
Niche Overall Grade: A-
Market Potential Rank (out of 150): 56
Renovation/Remodeling Rank (out of 150): 12
House-Flipping Score: 69.81

Seattle, happiest cities, drunkest cities, fittest cities, best singles scenes, flip a house

6
Seattle, WA

Home Prices Change: 10.90%
Percent of Flips: 5.20%
Three-Year Growth Rate: 7.85%
Niche Overall Grade: A+
Market Potential Rank (out of 150): 41
Renovation/Remodeling Rank (out of 150): 128
House-Flipping Score: 71.34

Las Vegas, happiest cities, drunkest cities, flip a house

5
Las Vegas, NV

Home Prices Change: 6.90%
Percent of Flips: 10.50%
Three-Year Growth Rate: 5.00%
Niche Overall Grade: B+
Market Potential Rank (out of 150): 90
Renovation/Remodeling Rank (out of 150): 25
House-Flipping Score: 72.08

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

4
Cape Coral, FL

Home Prices Change: 9.40%
Percent of Flips: 6.00%
Three-Year Growth Rate: 8.90%
Niche Overall Grade: B+
Market Potential Rank (out of 150): 98
Renovation/Remodeling Rank (out of 150): 71
House-Flipping Score: 72.81

Denver, happiest cities, drunkest cities, fittest cities, best singles scenes, flip a house

3
Denver, CO

Home Prices Change: 10.40%
Percent of Flips: 5.80%
Three-Year Growth Rate: 7.05%
Niche Overall Grade: A
Market Potential Rank (out of 150): 111
Renovation/Remodeling Rank (out of 150): 50
House-Flipping Score: 74.09

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

2
Orlando, FL

Home Prices Change: 8.00%
Percent of Flips: 7.20%
Three-Year Growth Rate: 8.44%
Niche Overall Grade: A
Market Potential Rank (out of 150): 29
Renovation/Remodeling Rank (out of 150): 23
House-Flipping Score: 76.73

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

1
Tampa, FL

Home Prices Change: 8.80%
Percent of Flips: 8.40%
Three-Year Growth Rate: 6.86%
Niche Overall Grade: A
Market Potential Rank (out of 150): 8
Renovation/Remodeling Rank (out of 150): 19
House-Flipping Score: 77.85

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