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50 Cities Where Homeowners Stay Rooted the Longest

Joel Anderson
·9 min read
Close up of a father and mother helping their son with learning how to ride a bike.
Close up of a father and mother helping their son with learning how to ride a bike.

There?s a certain feeling associated with the word ?home.? One of safety, stability and permanence ? and for a lucky few, the notion of ?home? becomes reality. But for many others, getting to that place is a lifelong search. Instead of moving year after year, from house to house, one way you might be able to locate that town of your dreams is to look for places where a lot of other people have already laid down roots.

That?s why GOBankingRates conducted a study to find out which American cities have the most residents who have been around a long time. The study found locales with the highest percentage of homeowners who have held the deed on their place for at least 30 years.

Only you know what makes for an ideal city. The 50 places on this list, however, provide a solid starting point if you?re looking for a good place to call home.

Last updated: Nov. 4, 2020

View of one of typical Midwest USA city (Chicago in this case) suburbs neighborhood on a nice spring day.
View of one of typical Midwest USA city (Chicago in this case) suburbs neighborhood on a nice spring day.

Chicago

  • Total population: 2,718,555

  • Median home value: $260,700

  • Number of homeowners: 474,852

  • Homeowners who moved in before 1990: 112,996

  • Percentage of homeowners who moved in before 1990: 24%

El Paso is a city in and the seat of El Paso County, Texas, United States.
El Paso is a city in and the seat of El Paso County, Texas, United States.

El Paso, Texas

  • Total population: 680,354

  • Median home value: $136,600

  • Number of homeowners: 133,227

  • Homeowners who moved in before 1990: 31,888

  • Percentage of homeowners who moved in before 1990: 24%

An empty street in downtown Pasadena, California with palm trees and retail stores.
An empty street in downtown Pasadena, California with palm trees and retail stores.

Pasadena, California

  • Total population: 141,246

  • Median home value: $731,100

  • Number of homeowners: 23,396

  • Homeowners who moved in before 1990: 5,614

  • Percentage of homeowners who moved in before 1990: 24%

Glendale California
Glendale California

Glendale, California

  • Total population: 200,372

  • Median home value: $735,000

  • Number of homeowners: 24,302

  • Homeowners who moved in before 1990: 5,852

  • Percentage of homeowners who moved in before 1990: 24%

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Downtown skyline with Buildings in Milwaukee at twilight, in Wisconsin USA.
Downtown skyline with Buildings in Milwaukee at twilight, in Wisconsin USA.

Milwaukee

  • Total population: 596,886

  • Median home value: $122,500

  • Number of homeowners: 96,005

  • Homeowners who moved in before 1990: 23,199

  • Percentage of homeowners who moved in before 1990: 24%

Street in the residential area of Oakland on a sunny autumn day, San Francisco bay area, California.
Street in the residential area of Oakland on a sunny autumn day, San Francisco bay area, California.

Oakland, California

  • Total population: 421,042

  • Median home value: $644,100

  • Number of homeowners: 65,178

  • Homeowners who moved in before 1990: 15,785

  • Percentage of homeowners who moved in before 1990: 24%

Richmond, Virginia, USA downtown skyline.
Richmond, Virginia, USA downtown skyline.

Richmond, Virginia

  • Total population: 223,787

  • Median home value: $226,800

  • Number of homeowners: 37,956

  • Homeowners who moved in before 1990: 9,207

  • Percentage of homeowners who moved in before 1990: 24%

Sunnyvale California street during the day
Sunnyvale California street during the day

Sunnyvale, California

  • Total population: 152,323

  • Median home value: $1,157,700

  • Number of homeowners: 25,936

  • Homeowners who moved in before 1990: 6,302

  • Percentage of homeowners who moved in before 1990: 24%

Kansas-City-Kansas
Kansas-City-Kansas

Kansas City, Kansas

  • Total population: 152,069

  • Median home value: $107,500

  • Number of homeowners: 31,100

  • Homeowners who moved in before 1990: 7,611

  • Percentage of homeowners who moved in before 1990: 24%

North Miami Beach, Florida, USA - Image.
North Miami Beach, Florida, USA - Image.

Miami

  • Total population: 451,214

  • Median home value: $309,600

  • Number of homeowners: 50,887

  • Homeowners who moved in before 1990: 12,457

  • Percentage of homeowners who moved in before 1990: 24%

New Orleans USA.
New Orleans USA.

New Orleans

  • Total population: 389,648

  • Median home value: $249,800

  • Number of homeowners: 73,037

  • Homeowners who moved in before 1990: 17,939

  • Percentage of homeowners who moved in before 1990: 25%

Old Courthouse in downtown St.
Old Courthouse in downtown St.

St. Louis

  • Total population: 311,273

  • Median home value: $147,100

  • Number of homeowners: 60,920

  • Homeowners who moved in before 1990: 14,974

  • Percentage of homeowners who moved in before 1990: 25%

NORFOLK, VIRGINIA, USA ? MAY 27, 2018: Norfolk's Waterside District, a dining and entertainment area along the city's waterfront.
NORFOLK, VIRGINIA, USA ? MAY 27, 2018: Norfolk's Waterside District, a dining and entertainment area along the city's waterfront.

Norfolk, Virginia

  • Total population: 245,592

  • Median home value: $201,900

  • Number of homeowners: 38,029

  • Homeowners who moved in before 1990: 9,368

  • Percentage of homeowners who moved in before 1990: 25%

The Hialeah Entry Fountain in Hialeah, Florida, USA on March 17, 2018.
The Hialeah Entry Fountain in Hialeah, Florida, USA on March 17, 2018.

Hialeah, Florida

  • Total population: 237,285

  • Median home value: $201,200

  • Number of homeowners: 33,302

  • Homeowners who moved in before 1990: 8,219

  • Percentage of homeowners who moved in before 1990: 25%

Georgia-Augusta
Georgia-Augusta

Augusta, Georgia

  • Total population: 196,807

  • Median home value: $114,500

  • Number of homeowners: 37,069

  • Homeowners who moved in before 1990: 9,149

  • Percentage of homeowners who moved in before 1990: 25%

Waterfall near downtown Rochester, New York, USA.
Waterfall near downtown Rochester, New York, USA.

Rochester, New York

  • Total population: 207,778

  • Median home value: $85,600

  • Number of homeowners: 31,226

  • Homeowners who moved in before 1990: 7,735

  • Percentage of homeowners who moved in before 1990: 25%

Savannah Georgia
Savannah Georgia

Savannah, Georgia

  • Total population: 145,342

  • Median home value: $162,100

  • Number of homeowners: 23,346

  • Homeowners who moved in before 1990: 5,829

  • Percentage of homeowners who moved in before 1990: 25%

Bossier City, LA, USA- May 23, 2016: The downtown skyline of Shreveport, Louisiana as viewed from the Louisiana Boardwalk in Bossier City.
Bossier City, LA, USA- May 23, 2016: The downtown skyline of Shreveport, Louisiana as viewed from the Louisiana Boardwalk in Bossier City.

Shreveport, Louisiana

  • Total population: 193,785

  • Median home value: $156,100

  • Number of homeowners: 39,663

  • Homeowners who moved in before 1990: 9,932

  • Percentage of homeowners who moved in before 1990: 25%

aerial view of the manhattan skyline.
aerial view of the manhattan skyline.

New York

  • Total population: 8,443,713

  • Median home value: $573,300

  • Number of homeowners: 1,029,840

  • Homeowners who moved in before 1990: 258,124

  • Percentage of homeowners who moved in before 1990: 25%

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The newly established wedding photo zone in the city of Fullerton.
The newly established wedding photo zone in the city of Fullerton.

Fullerton, California

  • Total population: 139,866

  • Median home value: $642,500

  • Number of homeowners: 23,662

  • Homeowners who moved in before 1990: 6,019

  • Percentage of homeowners who moved in before 1990: 25%

Garden Grove, California/United States - 04/01/19: A man sits at a covered bus stop near the street.
Garden Grove, California/United States - 04/01/19: A man sits at a covered bus stop near the street.

Garden Grove, California

  • Total population: 174,010

  • Median home value: $529,900

  • Number of homeowners: 25,594

  • Homeowners who moved in before 1990: 6,513

  • Percentage of homeowners who moved in before 1990: 25%

View of Santa Ana, California.
View of Santa Ana, California.

Santa Ana, California

  • Total population: 333,499

  • Median home value: $466,100

  • Number of homeowners: 35,321

  • Homeowners who moved in before 1990: 8,998

  • Percentage of homeowners who moved in before 1990: 25%

The turnabout on Hay Street passes by a historic location in Fayetteville NC.
The turnabout on Hay Street passes by a historic location in Fayetteville NC.

Fayetteville, North Carolina

  • Total population: 209,867

  • Median home value: $138,100

  • Number of homeowners: 35,815

  • Homeowners who moved in before 1990: 9,128

  • Percentage of homeowners who moved in before 1990: 25%

Columbus Georgia
Columbus Georgia

Columbus, Georgia

  • Total population: 196,670

  • Median home value: $152,600

  • Number of homeowners: 35,016

  • Homeowners who moved in before 1990: 9,032

  • Percentage of homeowners who moved in before 1990: 26%

Worcester Massachusetts
Worcester Massachusetts

Worcester, Massachusetts

  • Total population: 185,195

  • Median home value: $222,800

  • Number of homeowners: 29,807

  • Homeowners who moved in before 1990: 7,689

  • Percentage of homeowners who moved in before 1990: 26%

Downtown Newark skyline refection on the banks of the Passaic River.
Downtown Newark skyline refection on the banks of the Passaic River.

Newark, New Jersey

  • Total population: 280,463

  • Median home value: $235,400

  • Number of homeowners: 21,947

  • Homeowners who moved in before 1990: 5,701

  • Percentage of homeowners who moved in before 1990: 26%

The Los Angeles skyline and lake at Echo Park, in Los Angeles, California - Image.
The Los Angeles skyline and lake at Echo Park, in Los Angeles, California - Image.

Los Angeles

  • Total population: 3,959,657

  • Median home value: $605,500

  • Number of homeowners: 506,115

  • Homeowners who moved in before 1990: 132,098

  • Percentage of homeowners who moved in before 1990: 26%

Memphis, Tennessee
Memphis, Tennessee

Memphis, Tennessee

  • Total population: 653,248

  • Median home value: $106,000

  • Number of homeowners: 117,728

  • Homeowners who moved in before 1990: 30,766

  • Percentage of homeowners who moved in before 1990: 26%

A sailboat anchored beside Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia.
A sailboat anchored beside Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia.

Hampton, Virginia

  • Total population: 135,583

  • Median home value: $191,300

  • Number of homeowners: 30,167

  • Homeowners who moved in before 1990: 7,963

  • Percentage of homeowners who moved in before 1990: 26%

Toledo Ohio
Toledo Ohio

Toledo, Ohio

  • Total population: 278,193

  • Median home value: $86,000

  • Number of homeowners: 60,476

  • Homeowners who moved in before 1990: 16,067

  • Percentage of homeowners who moved in before 1990: 27%

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Typical San Francisco Neighborhood
Typical San Francisco Neighborhood

San Francisco

  • Total population: 870,044

  • Median home value: $1,029,300

  • Number of homeowners: 135,275

  • Homeowners who moved in before 1990: 36,449

  • Percentage of homeowners who moved in before 1990: 27%

Mobile, Alabama, USA - February 24, 2014: Almost empty Dauphin street in historic district is ready for Mardi Gras celebrations in the evening.
Mobile, Alabama, USA - February 24, 2014: Almost empty Dauphin street in historic district is ready for Mardi Gras celebrations in the evening.

Mobile, Alabama

  • Total population: 191,485

  • Median home value: $133,100

  • Number of homeowners: 41,870

  • Homeowners who moved in before 1990: 11,455

  • Percentage of homeowners who moved in before 1990: 27%

Yonkers, New York with the Hudson river in the foreground.
Yonkers, New York with the Hudson river in the foreground.

Yonkers, New York

  • Total population: 199,745

  • Median home value: $404,400

  • Number of homeowners: 34,791

  • Homeowners who moved in before 1990: 9,537

  • Percentage of homeowners who moved in before 1990: 27%

Springfield is a city in Western Massachusetts in the Pioneer Valley region.
Springfield is a city in Western Massachusetts in the Pioneer Valley region.

Springfield, Massachusetts

  • Total population: 154,596

  • Median home value: $154,300

  • Number of homeowners: 25,885

  • Homeowners who moved in before 1990: 7,186

  • Percentage of homeowners who moved in before 1990: 28%

Baltimore Maryland MD Inner Harbor Skyline Aerial.
Baltimore Maryland MD Inner Harbor Skyline Aerial.

Baltimore

  • Total population: 614,700

  • Median home value: $168,100

  • Number of homeowners: 112,897

  • Homeowners who moved in before 1990: 31,631

  • Percentage of homeowners who moved in before 1990: 28%

Aerial photo Downtown Baton Rouge Louisiana USA.
Aerial photo Downtown Baton Rouge Louisiana USA.

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

  • Total population: 225,362

  • Median home value: $183,700

  • Number of homeowners: 41,839

  • Homeowners who moved in before 1990: 11,811

  • Percentage of homeowners who moved in before 1990: 28%

Huntington Beach California best weather
Huntington Beach California best weather

Huntington Beach, California

  • Total population: 200,606

  • Median home value: $749,900

  • Number of homeowners: 44,405

  • Homeowners who moved in before 1990: 12,584

  • Percentage of homeowners who moved in before 1990: 28%

Akron, Ohio, USA downtown skyline at dusk.
Akron, Ohio, USA downtown skyline at dusk.

Akron, Ohio

  • Total population: 198,314

  • Median home value: $84,200

  • Number of homeowners: 42,863

  • Homeowners who moved in before 1990: 12,420

  • Percentage of homeowners who moved in before 1990: 29%

Jackson, Mississippi, USA downtown cityscape at the capitol.
Jackson, Mississippi, USA downtown cityscape at the capitol.

Jackson, Mississippi

  • Total population: 168,862

  • Median home value: $99,700

  • Number of homeowners: 31,295

  • Homeowners who moved in before 1990: 9,088

  • Percentage of homeowners who moved in before 1990: 29%

Downtown Dayton skyline with the Miami River and skyline reflections at dusk.
Downtown Dayton skyline with the Miami River and skyline reflections at dusk.

Dayton, Ohio

  • Total population: 140,782

  • Median home value: $74,300

  • Number of homeowners: 27,144

  • Homeowners who moved in before 1990: 7,909

  • Percentage of homeowners who moved in before 1990: 29%

An aerial shot of a neighborhood.
An aerial shot of a neighborhood.

Torrance, California

  • Total population: 146,392

  • Median home value: $736,000

  • Number of homeowners: 30,063

  • Homeowners who moved in before 1990: 8,845

  • Percentage of homeowners who moved in before 1990: 29%

From Spruce Street looking north with city hall in the background.
From Spruce Street looking north with city hall in the background.

Philadelphia

  • Total population: 1,575,522

  • Median home value: $168,900

  • Number of homeowners: 315,097

  • Homeowners who moved in before 1990: 94,701

  • Percentage of homeowners who moved in before 1990: 30%

Syracuse is a city in, and the county seat of Onondaga County, New York, United States.
Syracuse is a city in, and the county seat of Onondaga County, New York, United States.

Syracuse, New York

  • Total population: 143,293

  • Median home value: $96,700

  • Number of homeowners: 21,415

  • Homeowners who moved in before 1990: 6,529

  • Percentage of homeowners who moved in before 1990: 30%

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A bridge supporting both vehicles and a railway crossing the Mississippi River which is flanked on both sides by various industry located just north of New Orleans, Louisiana, shot from an altitude of about 600 feet over the river.
A bridge supporting both vehicles and a railway crossing the Mississippi River which is flanked on both sides by various industry located just north of New Orleans, Louisiana, shot from an altitude of about 600 feet over the river.

Metairie, Louisiana

  • Total population: 143,481

  • Median home value: $232,200

  • Number of homeowners: 36,914

  • Homeowners who moved in before 1990: 11,401

  • Percentage of homeowners who moved in before 1990: 31%

Downtown Buffalo skyline along the historic waterfront district.
Downtown Buffalo skyline along the historic waterfront district.

Buffalo, New York

  • Total population: 257,518

  • Median home value: $101,800

  • Number of homeowners: 45,208

  • Homeowners who moved in before 1990: 14,424

  • Percentage of homeowners who moved in before 1990: 32%

Birmingham Alabama
Birmingham Alabama

Birmingham, Alabama

  • Total population: 212,021

  • Median home value: $105,600

  • Number of homeowners: 41,164

  • Homeowners who moved in before 1990: 13,325

  • Percentage of homeowners who moved in before 1990: 32%

Pittsburgh Pennsylvania
Pittsburgh Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh

  • Total population: 303,587

  • Median home value: $133,400

  • Number of homeowners: 65,158

  • Homeowners who moved in before 1990: 21,612

  • Percentage of homeowners who moved in before 1990: 33%

Skyline of Honolulu, Hawaii
Skyline of Honolulu, Hawaii

Honolulu

  • Total population: 350,003

  • Median home value: $655,900

  • Number of homeowners: 57,229

  • Homeowners who moved in before 1990: 19,177

  • Percentage of homeowners who moved in before 1990: 34%

Cleveland, Ohio, USA downtown city skyline and harbor at twilight.
Cleveland, Ohio, USA downtown city skyline and harbor at twilight.

Cleveland

  • Total population: 387,398

  • Median home value: $76,200

  • Number of homeowners: 69,942

  • Homeowners who moved in before 1990: 23,897

  • Percentage of homeowners who moved in before 1990: 34%

Detroit Michigan aerial photo
Detroit Michigan aerial photo

Detroit

  • Total population: 677,155

  • Median home value: $60,400

  • Number of homeowners: 123,411

  • Homeowners who moved in before 1990: 46,260

  • Percentage of homeowners who moved in before 1990: 37%

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