Just 20 miles from downtown Kansas City, you’ll find Blue Springs, Missouri. It’s a small town consistently earning national recognition as one of the best places to live in America.
Blue Springs: Top place to live
HomesUnion, WalletHub, and Money Magazine all recognized Blue Springs, Missouri, because of its affordable homes and high-quality schools. With so many national publications ranking the city among the best in the nation, it’s one of the best suburbs in the Kansas City area.
HomesUnion ranked Blue Springs, Missouri the #1 place in the country to live! The city earned the title two years in a row! (2017, 2016) As a Blue Springs Realtor®, I’m not surprised. The area has a lot to offer! HomesUnion based its rankings on the affordability of homes and quality of schools.
The real estate investment firm ranked Midwest cities in the top three spots. Tuttle, Oklahoma (near Oklahoma City) and Fenton, Missouri (outside St. Louis) ranked second and third.
For the past two years, we have been tracking metros with the highest housing affordability and best school district. As home prices continue to increase in many coastal markets, particularly in the western U.S., we are seeing the best opportunities for first-time home buyers with families in the center of the country. These areas are also good places for single-family rental (SFR) buyers to invest in housing.
Steve Hovland, Director of Research for HomeUnion
Blue Springs homes for sale
Blue Springs offers a wide variety of home choices, for every buyer. There are new construction communities like Stone Canyon, Brittany Ridge, and Sonora Valley. Stone Canyon is a quiet golf-course community featuring custom homes for $300-thousand up to $1-million. Sonora Valley is a maintenance provided community featuring homes with high-end finishes starting in the low $200’s.
In addition, there are plenty of resale homes. Start your search today!
Money Magazine top 100 best places to live
Money Magazine also put Blue Springs on the map with its list of the 100 best places to live in the U.S.
Blue Springs ranked 49th among small cities in 2010. The magazine recognized the city for its low tax rates, central location, low cost of living, and nationally recognized schools.
That honor captured the attention of CBS News, for an article “Where to find affordable homes with good schools.”
“This recognition by MONEY Magazine places a national spotlight on Blue Springs and validates the efforts of our resident, businesses, elected officials and many other community partners to make Blue Springs an attractive place for families, businesses, and visitors. Our residents recognize the high quality of life that is offered through our affordable homes, beautiful neighborhoods and excellent community partners like the highly acclaimed Blue Springs School District”.
Mayor Carson Ross
WalletHub Best Small Cities in America
WalletHub also named Blue Springs one of the “Best Small Cities in America” in its 2016 ranking. The small city took the 49th spot.
The financial website looked at 30 livability factors including housing costs, school system quality, the health of residents, quality of life, safety, and the number of restaurants per capita.
Blue Springs made its way on the list after WalletHub analysts compared more than 1-thousand cities.
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Blue Springs Quick Facts
Here are a few quick facts about Blue Springs:
- Population – 54,431 (2016 Census)
- Average home price – $159,700 (HomesUnion)
- Location: 20 miles east of Kansas City in Jackson County, Missouri
- Recreation: 2 lakes with marinas, Burr Oak Woods Conservation Area, 20 parks, Field House
- Schools: Nationally Recognized for student performance in the classroom and extracurricular activities
- Schools also recognized among the best in the Kansas City area and state
The recreational opportunities in Blue Springs are some of the top 10 reasons to live in this community, along with the high achieving Blue Springs School District.
*Picture used with permission from the City of Blue Springs.