Homes in the Midwest, particularly in Ohio, Minnesota and Wisconsin, offer the most affordable places for parents to get their kids into high-performing public school districts, according to a new Forbes study that looked at housing affordability and school district quality across the U.S.
Using Zillow’s Home Value Index, which provides home value information at the metro level for many cities and towns in the country, and school district ratings from SchoolDigger.com, Forbes found that the “Best Schools For Your Housing Buck” were in the Midwest.
However, inland and non-urban locations were highly favored in the review, because Forbes limited the study to metros where the median home prices were less than double the national median price ($348,000, according to Zillow at the time of the study). Coastal and large metro areas tend to have median home prices higher than that limit.
The most affordable high-performing school districts, Forbes noted, were located in small towns and rural areas within driving distance to a major metro.