The Best Suburbs to Live in America

Suburbia is deeply ingrained in American culture, growing in popularity alongside the country’s love affair with cars and its network of highways.

As early as the 1830s, Brooklyn Heights laid claim to the title of the first suburb when it connected to Manhattan by steam ferries.

Stacker compiled a list of top ranked suburbs in the U.S. using Niche’s annual rankings, which look at such factors as the cost of living, the educational level of residents, housing, and public schools. The data is the most current available

Best Suburbs to Live in America

#15. Brentwood, Missouri

– Suburb of St. Louis, Missouri – Population: 8,005 – Population that owns a home: 64% – Population that rents a home: 36% “The City of Warmth,” as Brentwood is known, holds an annual festival each September called Brentwood Days. 

The community comes together for live music and entertainment, food, free carnival rides and games, a parade, and fireworks, though COVID-19 forced some changes to the event. The city celebrated its centennial in 2019. Niche calls it the St. Louis area’s “best kept secret.”


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#14. Clayton, Missouri

– Suburb of St. Louis, Missouri – Population: 16,588 – Population that owns a home: 59% – Population that rents a home: 41% The city of Clayton offers a variety of housing choices, from elegant single-family homes to condominiums and apartments. Most are within walking distance of offices, restaurants, shops, and galleries. About 80% of Clayton’s land is used for residences or parks.

Washington University, Fontbonne University, and Concordia Seminary make their home in the city. A 124,000-square-foot community center offers swimming, fitness, and other programs. Downtown St. Louis and its attractions are less than 20 minutes’ drive away.

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