Living the American Dream, Ranked by City

Posted on May 21 2019 - 11:03am by Zoe Eisenberg
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Which city in the country is best for living the American Dream? A new study by SmartAsset analyzes just that—which city best offers its residents the ability to become a homeowner? To figure this out, SmartAsset broke down five key metrics: homeownership rate, diversity rate, upward mobility rate, median home value and unemployment rate.

Overall, the answers may surprise you. Aurora, Ill., ranked No. 1 this year, switching places with last year's reigning champion, West Valley City, Utah. In 2018, Aurora took fourth place.

Cities in Texas snagged four of the top 10 spots, with Odessa landing No. 2, and Midland coming in at No. 3. Furthermore, nine additional Texas cities made it into the top 25!

California doesn't enter the rankings until spot 15 with San Jose, the one and only ranking for the state, and New England is nowhere to be found. Here are the top 25 cities for living the American Dream:


For more information, visit SmartAsset's full findings.