Realtor.com Says This Is the Top Affordable Small Town in the South
They had us at "two-steppin' under the evening stars to country music."
This week, real estate platform Reator.com has released their annual list of the Top 10 Affordable Small Towns Where You'd Actually Want to Live. To narrow things down to their Top 10, the data crunching wizards at the company first considered 500+ U.S. Census-designated Metropolitan areas (these include the city proper along with the surrounding areas with a total population of 10,000 to 50,000 individuals; for geographic diversity, the analysts included only one place per state).
Next they looked at factors like median home list prices on Realtor.com, low unemployment rate, home affordability, low crime rates, etc. to determine the kind of town you'd actually want to call home from both a financial and lifestyle perspective. They even took into account festivals, restaurant scenes, "quirky mom and pop shops," and more to make sure each town that made the cut had a genuine wow-factor.
Surprisingly, only one Southern locale appeared on the list: Scoring the #10 slot, is Andrews, Texas. A town of around 17,500 people according to Realtor.com, Andrews is the county seat of Andrews County and about an hour-and-forty minutes Southwest of Lubbock. The median home price on Realtor.com for Andrews hovers around $232,000.
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You best pack your cowboy boots. "The character of this town can be summed up by its Wild, Wild West Fest," comments Realtor.com's Lance Lambert in the piece, of Andrews. "The annual festival, held in April, includes two-steppin' under the evening stars to country music, a barbecue cook-off, truck and tractor pulls, and, of course, goat roping."
BBQ, goats, and country music? You don't have to tell us twice.