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America’s 5 most underappreciated cities

These days, it seems that cities like Austin, TX, and Raleigh, NC, and San Francisco, CA, grab all the glory when it comes to places to live in the U.S. Hardly a week goes by without at least one of those spots popping up on some “best” list.

But there are several cities that might not immediately appear on your “Where should I move?” radar that you should consider. Here’s the SelfStorage.com Moving Blog’s list of America’s 5 Most Underappreciated Cities.

Kansas City, MO

Kansas City skyline

Kansas City famously boasts more fountains than Rome. It also offers a fountain of possibilities for a great quality of life.

Quotable: “Talk about a split personality. On the Kansas side of the Kansas City metro area, you get big houses, terrific schools, kid-friendly streets and enough soccer fields to smother Rhode Island. On the Missouri side, including the city proper, you’ll find world-class museums, a booming arts district, historic buildings and a $3-billion downtown renewal.” — Kiplinger.com

Key statistics

Metro population: 2,071,133 (2014)
Metro population rank: 29 (2014)
Metro population growth: 3.08% (2010-14)
Median price for single-family home: $153,000 (Q1 2015)
Average monthly rent for one-bedroom apartment: $670 (April 2015)
Median income: $31,705 (2012)

Kansas City fountain

Rankings

Ranked No. 1: Big cities with least-congested traffic (2014)
Ranked No. 1: Affordability among America’s “favorite” cities (2014)
Ranked No. 2: Best cities for jobs (2015)
Ranked No. 2: Best cities for car drivers (2015)
Ranked No. 2: Best cities for renters (2015)
Ranked No. 3: Best cities for foodies (2015)
Ranked No. 3: Cleanliness among America’s “favorite” cities (2014)
Ranked No. 10: Hot spots for tech startups and workers (2015)
Ranked No. 12: Best cities for singles (2015)

Oklahoma City, OK

Oklahoma City OK

Kevin Durant and the NBA’s Oklahoma City Thunder have helped put OKC on the pop-culture map. But there’s much more to Oklahoma City than dribbling and dunking.

Quotable: “Here, a renewed emphasis on public improvements and large-scale projects has helped propel our renaissance and make OKC a big-league city, while also keeping us a great place to live, work and play.” — The Better Life OKC

Key statistics

Metro population: 1,336,767 (2014)
Metro population rank: 42 (2014)
Metro population growth: 6.69% (2010-14)
Median price for single-family home: $152,900 (2014)
Average monthly rent for one-bedroom apartment: $540 (April 2015)
Median income: $28,133 (2012)

Oklahoma City memorial

Rankings

Ranked No. 1: Best cities to start a business (2014)
Ranked No. 2: Affordability among America’s “favorite” cities (2014)
Ranked No. 3: Best cities for jobs (2015)
Ranked No. 3: Best metro areas for small business employees (2015)
Ranked No. 3: Best cities for Millennial college students (2015)
Ranked No. 8: Top cities for young entrepreneurs (2014)
Ranked No. 8: Best cities for employee satisfaction (2014)
Ranked No. 9: Most affordable big cities (2014)
Ranked No. 10: Big cities with least-congested traffic (2014)
Ranked No. 15: Fastest-growing cities (2015)

Omaha, NE

Omaha NE

Billionaire Warren Buffet calls Omaha home; so do companies like ConAgra, Gallup, TD Ameritrade and Union Pacific. If it’s good enough for them, might it be good enough for you?

Quotable: “With a cost of living lower than the national average, clean air and water, short commutes and all the cultural and entertainment amenities of a city twice its size, Greater Omaha is nationally recognized as a great place to live, work and play.” — Greater Omaha Economic Development Partnership

Key statistics

Metro population: 904,421 (2014)
Metro population rank: 60 (2014)
Metro population growth: 4.52% (2010-14)
Median price for single-family home: $148,100 (Q1 2015)
Average monthly rent for one-bedroom apartment: $660 (April 2015)
Median income: $31,233 (2012)

old market omaha

Rankings

Ranked No. 1: Best cities for car drivers (2015)
Ranked No. 1: Best cities for an active lifestyle (2014)
Ranked No. 2: Best cities for Millennial college students (2015)
Ranked No. 2: Best cities for successful aging (2014)
Ranked No. 3: Most affordable big cities (2014)
Ranked No. 3: Best cities to start a business (2014)
Ranked No. 4: Best cities for raising a family (2014)
Ranked No. 5: Best metro areas for small business employees (2015)
Ranked No. 6: Most secure large metro areas (2013)
Ranked No. 10: Top cities for young entrepreneurs (2014)

Salt Lake City, UT

Salt Lake City UT

Sure, nearby Provo can brag about being one of the first places to get Google Fiber. But Salt Lake City, a multicultural magnet known as the headquarters of the Mormon Church and the host of the 2002 Winter Olympics, definitely is brag-worthy without Google Fiber. Besides, Salt Lake City soon will be equipped with the high-speed Internet and TV service.

Quotable: “Salt Lake City is known as the Crossroads of the West for many good reasons. It is a leader in sports, education, job creation, health care and many other important areas of life. Living in Salt Lake City means enjoying a high quality of life.” — Yahoo.com

Key statistics

Metro population: 1,153,340 (2014)
Metro population rank: 48 (2014)
Metro population growth: 9.02% (2010-14)
Median price for single-family home: $243,300 (Q1 2015)
Average monthly rent for one-bedroom apartment: $720 (April 2015)
Median income: $29,331 (2012)

Salt Lake City

Rankings

Ranked No. 1: Safety among America’s “favorite” cities (2014)
Ranked No. 2: Cleanliness among America’s “favorite” cities (2014)
Ranked No. 4: Hot spots for tech startups and workers (2015)
Ranked No. 4: Best cities for car drivers (2015)
Ranked No. 5: Best cities for employee satisfaction (2014)
Ranked No. 5: Best cities for successful aging (2014)
Ranked No. 6: Best cities for jobs (2015)
Ranked No. 6: Best-performing large cities (2014)
Ranked No. 7: Best metro areas for small business employees (2015)
Ranked No. 8: Big cities with least-congested traffic (2014)
Ranked No. 10: Best cities for soccer moms (2014)
Ranked No. 12: Fastest-growing cities (2015)
Ranked No. 18: Best places to live in America

San Antonio, TX

San Antonio TX

San Antonio frequently plays fourth fiddle to Austin, Dallas and Houston in the big-city lovefest in Texas. Still, the Alamo City has a lot to offer aside from the Alamo and the River Walk.

Quotable: “If you like quintessential Texas country living, this is a great place to be. But San Antonio also has a vibrant culture with a flourishing arts scene, traditional Mexican cooking and rich historical sites.” — Zillow Blog

Key statistics

Metro population: 2,328,652 (2014)
Metro population rank: 25 (2014)
Metro population growth: 8.69% (2010-14)
Median price for single-family home: $184,700 (Q1 2015)
Average monthly rent for one-bedroom apartment: $800 (April 2015)
Median income: $27,414 (2012)

San Antonio missions

Rankings

Ranked No. 5: Best places to buy a home (2015)
Ranked No. 6: Most affordable big cities (2014)
Ranked No. 7: Best cities for renters (2015
Ranked No. 9: Best cities for jobs (2015)
Ranked No. 9: Fastest-growing cities (2015)
Ranked No. 9: Best cities for employee satisfaction (2014)
Ranked No. 10: Best-performing large cities (2014)

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