Many millennials are itching to become homeowners — here are the 17 best cities to put down roots

  • More than 80% of millennials say buying a home is a priority for them.
  • Homeownership is more attainable in some cities than others, especially if you're a first-time buyer.
  • Texas is home to six of the top-20 best cities to buy your first home, while Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, took the No. 1 spot.

Home prices are up and supply is down across the US, but buying a house isn't as tough as it may seem. You just have to know where to look.

More than 80% of millennials say becoming a homeowner is a priority for them, according to NerdWallet's latest homebuyer report. Many are considering it "the next step in my life" and plan to buy within the next five years.

Affordable real estate is hard to come by in America's coastal cities. Migrating to the Midwest or the South is a smart bet if you're looking to put down roots at an affordable cost.

That's evidenced by SmartAsset's annual list of the best places for first-time homebuyers. SmartAsset gathered housing data for 64 metros (the US cities with a population over 300,000) related to securing a loan, the value of the average home, stability of the housing market, and affordability.

Each city was ranked in seven categories, and then given an average score. We narrowed down the list to feature the cities with a total score of 55 or higher, out of a possible 100. 

Below, check out the top 17 best places for first-time homebuyers. 

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17. Raleigh, North Carolina

Loan funding rate: 76%

Value per square foot: $128.67

Median listing price: $347,248 

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16. Corpus Christi, Texas

Loan funding rate: 67%

Value per square foot: $90.33

Median listing price: $209,900 

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15. Denver, Colorado

Loan funding rate: 76%

Value per square foot: $322.33

Median listing price: $485,000 

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14. Arlington, Texas

Loan funding rate: 71%

Value per square foot: $102.83

Median listing price: $229,000 

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13. Charlotte, North Carolina

Loan funding rate: 76%

Value per square foot: $108.83

Median listing price: $298,900 

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12. Colorado Springs, Colorado

Loan funding rate: 75%

Value per square foot: $138.00

Median listing price: $329,000 

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11. Fort Worth, Texas

Loan funding rate: 71%

Value per square foot: $94.42

Median listing price: $246,925 

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10. Dallas, Texas

Loan funding rate: 67%

Value per square foot: $90.58

Median listing price: $399,000 

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9. Louisville, Kentucky

Loan funding rate: 76%

Value per square foot: $100.67

Median listing price: $164,900 

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8. Wichita, Kansas

Loan funding rate: 82%

Value per square foot: $91.67

Median listing price: $154,900 

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7. San Antonio, Texas

Loan funding rate: 62%

Value per square foot: $80.50

Median listing price: $229,500 

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6. Indianapolis, Indiana

Loan funding rate: 75%

Value per square foot: $74.33

Median listing price: $149,900 

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5. Tulsa, Oklahoma

Loan funding rate: 73%

Value per square foot: $77.75

Median listing price: $163,740 

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4. Houston, Texas

Loan funding rate: 71%

Value per square foot: $87.50

Median listing price: $329,950 

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3. Omaha, Nebraska

Loan funding rate: 82%

Value per square foot: $113.08

Median listing price: $229,950 

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2. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Loan funding rate: 77%

Value per square foot: $83.75

Median listing price: $184,900  

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1. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Loan funding rate: 81%

Value per square foot: $91.00

Median listing price: $212,000 

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