The 15 Worst Housing Markets for the Next Five Years

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Home prices across the nation are down 33.3 percent since they peaked in the first quarter of 2006, according to latest data from Fiserv Case-Shiller. But home prices are projected to increase 3.9 percent between now and the first quarter of 2017.

Yesterday we put together a list of the 15 best housing markets for the next five years. We're following this up with a feature on the 15 housing markets that are projected to see the most declines or slowest growth in home prices.

Note: The median family income and home price data is for Q1 2012. Unemployment data is for May 2012, and population data is for 2011.

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1. Atlantic City-Hammonton, New Jersey

Annualized expected growth from 2012 - 2017:
1.2 percent

The Atlantic City-Hammonton metro area has a median home price of $193,000, above the national median of $159,000. And its home prices are 35.3 percent lower than they were during their peak in the second quarter of 2006.

It has a population of 274,338, an unemployment rate of 12.6 percent, much higher than the national average of 8.2 percent, and a median family income of $64,200 above the national median of $62,900.

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2. Columbia, Missouri

Annualized expected growth from 2012 - 2017:
1.2 percent

Columbia has a median home price of $145,000 and its home prices are down 0.5 percent since their Q1 2008 peak.

It has a population of 175,831, an unemployment rate of 5.1 percent, and a median family income of $63,900.

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3. Shreveport-Bossier City, Louisiana

Annualized expected growth from 2012 - 2017:
1.1 percent

Shreveport-Bossier City has a median home price of $151,000 and the metro's home prices area down 0.9 percent since they peaked in Q3 2010.

It has a population of 403,595, an unemployment rate of 7.2 percent, and a median family income of $54,900.

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4. Gadsden, Alabama

Annualized expected growth from 2012 - 2017:
1.1 percent

Gadsden's home prices have declined 1.9 percent since their Q1 2009 peak.

The metro has a population of 104,303, an unemployment rate of 7.4 percent and a median family income of $41,100.

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5. St. George, Utah

Annualized expected growth from 2012 - 2017:
1.1 percent

St. George's metro prices have fallen 37.1 percent since their Q4 2006 peak. It has a population of 141,666, an unemployment rate of 7.7 percent and a median family income of $55,400.

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6. San Angelo, Texas

Annualized expected growth from 2012 - 2017:
1.1 percent

San Angelo has a population of 113,443, a relatively low unemployment rate of 5.3 percent and a median family income of $55,000.


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7. Elmira, New York

Annualized expected growth from 2012 - 2017:
1.0 percent

Elmira has a population of 88,840, an unemployment rate of 8.8 percent and a median family income of $58,000, below the national median of $62,900.


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8. Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, Texas

Annualized expected growth from 2012 - 2017:
1.0 percent

Home prices in the Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos area have fallen 1.5 percent since the first quarter of 2009. It also has a median home price of $193,000.

The metro has a population of 1.8 million, a relatively low unemployment rate of 5.9 percent, and a median family income of $72,800.

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9. Amarillo, Texas

Annualized expected growth from 2012 - 2017:
0.9 percent

Amarillo has a median home price of $127,000 and a median family income of $62,200. It also has a population of 253,823, an unemployment rate of 4.9 percent.

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10. Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, Arizona

Annualized expected growth from 2012 - 2017:
0.9 percent

The Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale metro area has a median home price of $144,000 and home prices are 52.7 percent off their Q2 2006 peak.

It also has a population of 4.26 million, an unemployment rate of 7.2 percent a median family income of $59,400.

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11. Ithaca, New York

Annualized expected growth from 2012 - 2017:
0.8 percent

Home prices in Ithaca are 0.5 percent lower than their Q4 2009 peak. It has a population of 101,723, an unemployment rate of 6.5 percent and a median family income of $80,900.

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12. Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin, Florida

Annualized expected growth from 2012 - 2017:
0.7 percent

Home prices in the Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin metro area have declined 36.2 percent since their Q4 2005 peak, and it has a median home price of $180,000.

It has a population of 183,482, an unemployment rate of 6.1 percent, and a family income $62,400.

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13. Naples-Marco Island, Florida

Annualized expected growth from 2012 - 2017:
0.6 percent

Naples-Marco Island home prices are down 51.8 percent since their Q1 2006 peak.

The metro has a population of 328,134, an unemployment rate of 8.3 percent, median home price of $257,000 and a median family income of $64,000.

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14. Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach, Florida

Annualized expected growth from 2012 - 2017:
0.4 percent

Home prices in the Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach metro area have fallen 47.4 percent since their Q2 2006 peak.

It has a median home price of $196,000, a population of about 1.8 million, and an unemployment rate of 7.3 percent.

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15. Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, Florida

Annualized expected growth from 2012 - 2017:
-1.0 percent

Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall home prices are 51.4 percent off their Q1 2007 peak, and the metro has a median home price of $187,000.

But it has a population of 2.5 million people, an  unemployment rate of 9.6 percent and a median family income of $47,700 below the national median.

Data provided by Fiserv Case Shiller Indexes

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