The most affordable zip codes with the best schools in 31 major US cities

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HomeUnion

If you’re in the market for a new home for your family, you’ll want to consider more than just the sticker price.

“The quality of public schools is one of the most important factors to consider when buying a home, especially for families,” explains Don Ganguly, CEO of real estate investment management firm HomeUnion. “In many cases, home buyers are willing to pay more to be located in a neighborhood with highly ranked schools, even if it means downsizing into a smaller home.”

To find the best of both worlds – a strong school system and an affordable home – HomeUnion analyzed median home prices in 31 major metro areas and schools ranked in the 80th percentile or higher by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). HomeUnion then identified the most affordable zip code in each area where the local schools met the criteria.

Here, we’ve listed the most affordable zip codes in descending order of median home prices, as provided by HomeUnion:


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Novato, California.
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Google Maps

San Francisco: 94947

Submarket: Novato, California

Median home price: $612,000


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Milpitas, California.
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Google Maps

San Jose: 95035

Submarket: Milpitas, California

Median home price: $590,000


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Pinecrest, Florida.
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Google Maps

Miami: 33158

Submarket: Pinecrest, Florida

Median home price: $570,000


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Livermore, California.
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Google Maps

Oakland: 94551

Submarket: Livermore, California

Median home price: $525,000


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Montrose, California.
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Los Angeles County: 91020

Submarket: Montrose, California

Median home price: $490,000


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Rancho Cucamonga, California.
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Google Maps

Inland Empire: 91737

Submarket: Rancho Cucamonga, California

Median home price: $455,000


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Rancho Santa Margarita, California.
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Orange County: 92688

Submarket: Rancho Santa Margarita, California

Median home price: $425,000


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Mira Mesa, San Diego.
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Google Maps

San Diego: 92126

Submarket: Mira Mesa, San Diego

Median home price: $397,000


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Windermere, Florida.
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Google Maps

Orlando: 34786

Submarket: Windermere, Florida

Median home price: $361,000


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Bothell, Washington.
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Google Maps

Seattle: 98011

Submarket: Bothell, Washington

Median home price: $360,000


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Lake Oswego, Oregon.
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Google Maps

Portland: 97035

Submarket: Lake Oswego, Oregon

Median home price: $320,000


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Centennial, Colorado.
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Google Maps

Denver: 80122

Submarket: Centennial, Colorado

Median home price: $279,000


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Elm Grove, Wisconsin.
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Google Maps

Milwaukee: 53122

Submarket: Elm Grove, Wisconsin

Median home price: $273,000


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St. John’s, Florida.
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Google Maps

Jacksonville: 32259

Submarket: St. John’s, Florida

Median home price: $268,000


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Palm Harbor, Florida.
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Tampa: 34685

Submarket: Palm Harbor, Florida

Median home price: $246,000


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North San Antonio, Texas.
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San Antonio: 78259

Submarket: North San Antonio, Texas

Median home price: $226,000


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Loveland, Ohio.
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Google Maps

Cincinnati: 45140

Submarket: Loveland, Ohio

Median home price: $218,000


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Elko New Market, Minnesota.
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Minneapolis: 55020

Submarket: Elko New Market, Minnesota

Median home price: $209,000


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Katy, Texas.
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Google Maps

Houston: 77450

Submarket: Katy, Texas

Median home price: $202,000


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Plano, Texas.
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Dallas-Fort Worth: 75023

Submarket: Plano, Texas

Median home price: $201,000


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Indian Trail, North Carolina.
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Google Maps

Charlotte: 28079

Submarket: Indian Trail, North Carolina

Median home price: $196,000


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Buford, Georgia.
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Google Maps

Atlanta: 30519

Submarket: Buford, Georgia

Median home price: $194,000


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Olive Branch, Mississippi.
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Memphis: 38654

Submarket: Olive Branch, Mississippi

Median home price: $190,000

*Note that Olive Branch, Mississippi is a suburb of Memphis, Tennessee.


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Cary, North Carolina.
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Google Maps

Raleigh: 27511

Submarket: Cary, North Carolina

Median home price: $188,000


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Central Austin, Texas.
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Google Maps

Austin: 78705

Submarket: Central Austin, Texas

Median home price: $187,000


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Broadview Heights, Ohio.
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Cleveland: 44147

Submarket: Broadview Heights, Ohio

Median home price: $179,000


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Oak Park, Illinois.
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Google Maps

Chicago: 60301

Submarket: Oak Park, Illinois

Median home price: $172,000


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Sellersville, Pennsylvania.
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Philadelphia: 18960

Submarket: Sellersville, Pennsylvania

Median home price: $171,000


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Southwest St. Louis, Missouri.
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St. Louis: 63126

Submarket: Southwest St. Louis, Missouri

Median home price: $160,000


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Noblesville, Indiana.
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Indianapolis: 46060

Submarket: Noblesville, Indiana

Median home price: $157,000


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Blue Springs, Missouri.
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Kansas City: 64014

Submarket: Blue Springs, Missouri

Median home price: $143,000