AUSTIN – Orchard, a national real estate brokerage, has named Edinburg the number one “under-the-radar” city in Texas.
The border city received top marks due to its affordable housing with a median home price of $217,433, or $117 per sf. It also has a 3.25 public school rating.
Two other border cities—Mission and Laredo—ranked second and third. Orchard cites the border’s inexpensive housing and relatively good schools as reasons for the area’s high rankings. No. 8 McAllen, No. 9 Brownsville, and No. 10 El Paso were the other border cities in the top 15.
The Houston metro also had several cities on the rankings, including No. 4 Pearland, No. 6 Conroe, No. 11 Sugar Land, and No. 13 League City.
The rest of the top 15 include No. 5 College Station, No. 7 New Braunfels, No. 12 Longview, No. 14 Wichita Falls, and No. 15 Corpus Christi.
Orchard considers under-the-radar cities as areas with a high quality of life, less competitive home-buying market, and relatively low home prices.
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