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December 18, 2014 09:00 ET

RealtyTrac Presents the 10 Naughtiest and Nicest Housing Markets

IRVINE, CA--(Marketwired - Dec 18, 2014) - RealtyTrac® (www.realtytrac.com), the nation's leading source for comprehensive housing data, today released a list and infographic of the naughtiest and nicest U.S. cities based on the number of sex offenders per capita, unemployment rates, foreclosures, school scores, and crime ratings.

Nicest Housing Markets

  • There were 55 cities with unemployment, sex offenders and foreclosure inventory below the national averages along with an average school score above the national average and a crime rating of B or above.
  • 20 out of the 55 cities had a crime rating of A or above.
  • Crime rates were one-third of the national average.
  • School scores in these cities were nearly twice the national average.
  • The average unemployment rate for these cities was 4.6 percent. Well below the national average.
  • There were 24 foreclosures per every 10,000 housing units.
  • There was an average of four sex offenders per 10,000 people.
 
Top 10 Nicest Cities
City, State   Number of Sex Offenders per capita   Unemployment by County November 2014 Foreclosure Inventory as % of Housing Units Average Elementary School Score for 2013   Total Crime Grade   Home Affordability %
Cary, North Carolina   0.021%   4.40% 0.17% 1.10   A   21.38%
Fairfax, Virginia   0.046%   3.90% 0.19% 1.08   A-   34.15%
Pearland, Texas   0.077%   4.90% 0.26% 1.07   A-   19.03%
Irvine, California   0.010%   4.95% 0.39% 1.03   A   53.26%
Frisco, Texas   0.033%   4.30% 0.23% 1.02   A   21.40%
Sugar Land, Texas   0.031%   4.50% 0.29% 1.02   A   22.11%
Richardson, Texas   0.027%   5.08% 0.13% 1.01   B+   22.83%
Katy, Texas   0.069%   4.70% 0.45% 1.00   A-   27.70%
College Station, Texas   0.055%   3.60% 0.02% 0.98   B   44.16%
Fremont, California   0.046%   5.62% 0.22% 0.97   A-   51.08%
                     

Methodology: Cities with a population of 100,000 or more and with sufficient data (no N/A or errors), less than .0014418 for Sex Offenders, less than 0.057 for unemployment, less than .0067 for Foreclosure Rate, more than .6106 for School Score, crime rating of B or above, ranked by school score from highest to lowest.

Naughtiest Housing Markets

  • There were 20 cities where unemployment, sex offenders, and foreclosure inventory were above the national averages along with school ratings below the national average and a crime rating of C or below.
  • School scores were one-half the national average.
  • Crime rates nearly twice the national average.
  • These cities had an average 7.8 percent unemployment rate.
  • These cities had 128 foreclosures per every 10,000 housing units.
  • These cities had an average of 27 sex offenders per 10,000 people.
 
Top Ten Naughtiest Cities
City, State Number of Sex Offenders per capita Unemployment by County November 2014 Foreclosure Inventory as % of Housing Units Average Elementary School Score for 2013   Total Crime Grade   Home Affordability %
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 0.289% 6.18% 1.13% 0.12   D   22.18%
Detroit, Michigan 0.420% 9.18% 0.79% 0.20   F   4.17%
Stockton, California 0.213% 9.89% 0.82% 0.21   D-   25.14%
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 0.163% 6.60% 1.30% 0.22   D   19.78%
Fresno, California 0.202% 10.20% 0.81% 0.25   C   29.01%
Sacramento, California 0.234% 6.80% 0.88% 0.29   C+   30.28%
Rockford, Illinois 0.243% 8.60% 1.42% 0.29   C-   10.63%
Springfield, Massachusetts 0.146% 5.90% 1.26% 0.29   C   18.89%
Hartford, Connecticut 0.599% 6.54% 1.09% 0.32   D   30.75%
Paterson, New Jersey 0.168% 7.40% 3.29% 0.33   C-   31.44%
                 

Methodology: Cities with a population of 100,000 or more and with sufficient data (no N/A or errors), more than .0014418 for Sex Offenders, more than 0.057 for unemployment, more than .0067 for Foreclosure Rate, less than .6106 for School Score, more than 145 for crime rate (same as better than C grade) ranked by school score from lowest to highest.

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