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Where do LA, SF counties rank for real estate investment?

SmartAsset's second annual list of best counties for real estate investment measured business, GDP growth and more
  • For the second year in a row, Williams, North Dakota, ranked as the top county in the nation for real estate investment by SmartAsset.
  • Los Angeles County ranked no. 5 in the nation for real estate investment and no. 1 in the state of California, followed by Orange and San Diego counties.
  • While not ranking in the top three, the majority of counties in the list were located in the Bay Area, including San Francisco, Santa Clara, Alameda, Placer and Contra Costa counties.

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Investing in real estate can have big rewards, but also big risks. When calculating the next place to look for an investment property or aiding a client in the hunt, it's important to consider local economic conditions like business growth, new building permits and gross domestic product (GDP) growth. SmartAsset recently released its second annual list of the top counties for real estate investment based on the investment in the local community, measuring growth conditions for four specific components, all of which were measured equally and combined to find the final ranking of cities. The final ranking is the Incoming Investment Index, and the county with the largest gain of investment received a 100. The county with the lowest amount of incoming investment had an index of 0. For the second year in a row, Williams in North Dakota ranked as the top county in the country for investment. The community saw a 37.7 percent growth in businesses since 2015, $664 million in GDP gr...