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  • Worst cities for first-time home buyers
    1/ Elisa.rolle // Wikipedia

    Worst cities for first-time home buyers

    Homeownership has long been a symbol of hard work and family values. It’s an important factor in establishing financial security, and can prove in many cases to be a lucrative investment. The years following the 2008 recession have made the dream of homeownership more difficult. 2016 saw the most households headed by renters since the 1960s, and although 78% of renters would like to buy a home, there are many U.S. cities in which taking that step can seem impossible.

    Stacker reviewed Wallethub’s data to find the worst place to buy a first home. The data utilized 27 weighted metrics to compare more than 300 cities, and ranked each city on its affordability, real estate market, and quality of life. The rankings were then aggregated to create an overall score, and ranked by that total—the higher the ranking, the worse the score.

    Click through to see if your city made the list, and find out which state made the list more than 20 times.

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  • #50. Fullerton, CA
    2/ Loco Steve // Flickr

    #50. Fullerton, CA

    Total score: 46.33
    Affordability rank: 266
    Real-estate market rank: 257
    Quality of life rank: 61

     

  • #49. Shreveport, LA
    3/ Billy Hathorn // Wikicommons

    #49. Shreveport, LA

    Total score: 46.30
    Affordability rank: 171
    Real-estate market rank: 106
    Quality of life rank: 291

     

  • #48. Honolulu, HI
    4/ Banzai Hiroaki // Flickr

    #48. Honolulu, HI

    Total score: 46.29
    Affordability rank: 253
    Real-estate market rank: 180
    Quality of life rank: 240

     

  • #47. Santa Monica, CA
    5/ Sunsetwatcher // Wikicommons

    #47. Santa Monica, CA

    Total score: 46.24
    Affordability rank: 279
    Real-estate market rank: 263
    Quality of life rank: 82

     

  • #46. Santa Barbara, CA
    6/ Eugene Zelenko // Wikicommons

    #46. Santa Barbara, CA

    Total score: 46.16
    Affordability rank: 272
    Real-estate market rank: 229
    Quality of life rank: 109

     

  • #45. Cleveland, OH
    7/ Livefastdieold // Wikicommons

    #45. Cleveland, OH

    Total score: 46.03
    Affordability rank: 85
    Real-estate market rank: 238
    Quality of life rank: 285

     

  • #44. Mobile, AL
    8/ Altairisfar // Wikicommons

    #44. Mobile, AL

    Total score: 45.97
    Affordability rank: 77
    Real-estate market rank: 181
    Quality of life rank: 295

     

  • #43. Sunnyvale, CA
    9/ David Sawyer // Wikicommons

    #43. Sunnyvale, CA

    Total score: 45.90
    Affordability rank: 298
    Real-estate market rank: 64
    Quality of life rank: 5

     

  • #42. Compton, CA
    10/ Compton, CA is located in Los Angeles County - pictured // Ken Lund // Flickr

    #42. Compton, CA

    Total score: 45.87
    Affordability rank: 241
    Real-estate market rank: 264
    Quality of life rank: 165

     

  • #41. Albany, NY
    11/ Daniel Case // Wikicommons

    #41. Albany, NY

    Total score: 45.75
    Affordability rank: 217
    Real-estate market rank: 265
    Quality of life rank: 214

     

  • #39. Pasadena, CA (tie)
    12/ Mr. Exuberance // Wikicommons

    #39. Pasadena, CA (tie)

    Total score: 45.65
    Affordability rank: 284
    Real-estate market rank: 223
    Quality of life rank: 31

     

  • #39. Vista, CA (tie)
    13/ Dreamyshade // Wikicommons

    #39. Vista, CA (tie)

    Total score: 45.65
    Affordability rank: 268
    Real-estate market rank: 186
    Quality of life rank: 190

     

  • #38. Huntington Beach, CA
    14/ Ken Lund // Flickr

    #38. Huntington Beach, CA

    Total score: 45.55
    Affordability rank: 273
    Real-estate market rank: 271
    Quality of life rank: 73

     

  • #37. Long Beach, CA
    15/ JohnABerring27A // Wikicommons

    #37. Long Beach, CA

    Total score: 45.43
    Affordability rank: 275
    Real-estate market rank: 253
    Quality of life rank: 148

     

  • #36. Corpus Christi, TX
    16/ unknown // Wikicommons

    #36. Corpus Christi, TX

    Total score: 45.32
    Affordability rank: 247
    Real-estate market rank: 281
    Quality of life rank: 243

     

  • #35. New Orleans, LA
    17/ NawlinWiki // Wikicommons

    #35. New Orleans, LA

    Total score: 45.19
    Affordability rank: 219
    Real-estate market rank: 185
    Quality of life rank: 274

     

  • #34. Providence, RI
    18/ StevenAhlquist // Wikicommons

    #34. Providence, RI

    Total score: 45.13
    Affordability rank: 237
    Real-estate market rank: 178
    Quality of life rank: 258

     

  • #33. Santa Ana, CA
    19/ NerdyPirateGirl // Wikicommons

    #33. Santa Ana, CA

    Total score: 45.10
    Affordability rank: 260
    Real-estate market rank: 237
    Quality of life rank: 218

     

  • #32. Houston, TX
    20/ i_am_jim // Wikicommons

    #32. Houston, TX

    Total score: 44.99
    Affordability rank: 257
    Real-estate market rank: 108
    Quality of life rank: 268

     

  • #31. Lansing, MI
    21/ kennethaw88 // Wikicommons

    #31. Lansing, MI

    Total score: 44.97
    Affordability rank: 193
    Real-estate market rank: 203
    Quality of life rank: 272

     

  • #30. Hialeah, FL
    22/ Hialead, Fl is located in Miami-Dade County - pictured // Ebyabe // Wikipedia

    #30. Hialeah, FL

    Total score: 44.81
    Affordability rank: 250
    Real-estate market rank: 190
    Quality of life rank: 261

     

  • #29. El Cajon, CA
    23/ Rolando Village, CA - pictured - is located in San Diego County // David Foltz // Flickr

    #29. El Cajon, CA

    Total score: 44.59
    Affordability rank: 274
    Real-estate market rank: 214
    Quality of life rank: 184

     

  • #28. Burbank, CA
    24/ Chris English // Wikicommons

    #28. Burbank, CA

    Total score: 44.32
    Affordability rank: 286
    Real-estate market rank: 241
    Quality of life rank: 38

     

  • #27. Torrance, CA
    25/ Harshlight // Flickr

    #27. Torrance, CA

    Total score: 43.91
    Affordability rank: 278
    Real-estate market rank: 276
    Quality of life rank: 93

     

  • #26. Costa Mesa, CA
    26/ Costa Mesa, CA is located in Orange County - pictured // Pixabay

    #26. Costa Mesa, CA

    Total score: 43.57
    Affordability rank: 288
    Real-estate market rank: 221
    Quality of life rank: 72

     

  • #24. South Gate, CA (tie)
    27/ South Gate, CA is located in Los Angeles County - pictured // unknown // Wikicommons

    #24. South Gate, CA (tie)

    Total score: 43.49
    Affordability rank: 264
    Real-estate market rank: 284
    Quality of life rank: 150

     

  • #24. Montgomery, AL (tie)
    28/ Chris Pruitt // Wikimedia

    #24. Montgomery, AL (tie)

    Total score: 43.49
    Affordability rank: 49
    Real-estate market rank: 277
    Quality of life rank: 297

     

  • #23. Boston, MA
    29/ Jameslwoodward // Wikicommons

    #23. Boston, MA

    Total score: 43.36
    Affordability rank: 294
    Real-estate market rank: 191
    Quality of life rank: 141

     

  • #22. Inglewood, CA
    30/ Los Angeles // Wikicommons

    #22. Inglewood, CA

    Total score: 43.16
    Affordability rank: 281
    Real-estate market rank: 262
    Quality of life rank: 118

     

  • #21. Rochester, NY
    31/ Dmadeo // Wikicommons

    #21. Rochester, NY

    Total score: 43.12
    Affordability rank: 220
    Real-estate market rank: 291
    Quality of life rank: 246

     

  • #20. Paterson, NJ
    32/ Zaigoat // Wikicommons

    #20. Paterson, NJ

    Total score: 42.95
    Affordability rank: 277
    Real-estate market rank: 293
    Quality of life rank: 80

     

  • #19. Los Angeles, CA
    33/ Ken Lund // Flickr

    #19. Los Angeles, CA

    Total score: 42.63
    Affordability rank: 295
    Real-estate market rank: 211
    Quality of life rank: 131

     

  • #18. Yonkers, NY
    34/ Daniel Case // Wikicommons

    #18. Yonkers, NY

    Total score: 42.09
    Affordability rank: 263
    Real-estate market rank: 289
    Quality of life rank: 213

     

  • #17. Washington, D.C.
    35/ AgnosticPreachersKid // Wikicommons

    #17. Washington, D.C.

    Total score: 41.52
    Affordability rank: 255
    Real-estate market rank: 195
    Quality of life rank: 287

     

  • #16. Westminster, CA
    36/ peter boy12qq12 // Wikicommons

    #16. Westminster, CA

    Total score: 41.12
    Affordability rank: 285
    Real-estate market rank: 244
    Quality of life rank: 186

     

  • #15. Daly City, CA
    37/ Stilfehler // Wikicommons

    #15. Daly City, CA

    Total score: 41.08
    Affordability rank: 290
    Real-estate market rank: 242
    Quality of life rank: 137

     

  • #14. Birmingham, AL
    38/ Chris Pruitt // Wikicommons

    #14. Birmingham, AL

    Total score: 40.84
    Affordability rank: 72
    Real-estate market rank: 297
    Quality of life rank: 296

     

  • #13. Miami, FL
    39/ Ebyabe // wikicommons

    #13. Miami, FL

    Total score: 40.10
    Affordability rank: 300
    Real-estate market rank: 109
    Quality of life rank: 225

     

  • #12. El Monte, CA
    40/ El Monte CA is located in Los Angeles County -pictured // Hanlu Cao // Flickr

    #12. El Monte, CA

    Total score: 39.98
    Affordability rank: 291
    Real-estate market rank: 280
    Quality of life rank: 119

     

  • #11. New York, NY
    41/ A. Balet // Wikicommons

    #11. New York, NY

    Total score: 39.76
    Affordability rank: 289
    Real-estate market rank: 288
    Quality of life rank: 212

     

  • #10. Anchorage, AK
    42/ Wonderlane // Flickr

    #10. Anchorage, AK

    Total score: 39.61
    Affordability rank: 162
    Real-estate market rank: 218
    Quality of life rank: 300

     

  • #9. Newark, NJ
    43/ Dinopup // Wikicommons

    #9. Newark, NJ

    Total score: 39.43
    Affordability rank: 215
    Real-estate market rank: 300
    Quality of life rank: 270

     

  • #8. Elizabeth, NJ
    44/ denisbin // Flickr

    #8. Elizabeth, NJ

    Total score: 39.38
    Affordability rank: 287
    Real-estate market rank: 298
    Quality of life rank: 98

     

  • #7. Miami Beach, FL
    45/ Ebyabe // Wikicommons

    #7. Miami Beach, FL

    Total score: 38.55
    Affordability rank: 280
    Real-estate market rank: 290
    Quality of life rank: 255

     

  • #6. Oakland, CA
    46/ Sanfranman59 // Wikicommons

    #6. Oakland, CA

    Total score: 38.31
    Affordability rank: 292
    Real-estate market rank: 112
    Quality of life rank: 289

     

  • #5. San Mateo, CA
    47/ Michael Rivera // Wikicommons

    #5. San Mateo, CA

    Total score: 38.27
    Affordability rank: 297
    Real-estate market rank: 246
    Quality of life rank: 110

     

  • #4. San Francisco, CA
    48/ Pixabay

    #4. San Francisco, CA

    Total score: 37.85
    Affordability rank: 299
    Real-estate market rank: 256
    Quality of life rank: 195

     

  • #3. Flint, MI
    49/ kennethaw88 // Wikicommons

    #3. Flint, MI

    Total score: 37.36
    Affordability rank: 208
    Real-estate market rank: 296
    Quality of life rank: 286

     

  • #2. Detroit, MI
    50/ Elisa.rolle // Wikipedia

    #2. Detroit, MI

    Total score: 37.21
    Affordability rank: 188
    Real-estate market rank: 294
    Quality of life rank: 298

     

  • #1. Berkeley, CA
    51/ Sanfranman59 // Wikicommons

    #1. Berkeley, CA

    Total score: 35.96
    Affordability rank: 296
    Real-estate market rank: 283
    Quality of life rank: 197

     

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