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Here's why Houston is one of the worst places in America to own a home

Here's why Houston is one of the worst places in America to own a home

Houston, Centennial Showcase Home, June 2015
Houston ranks among No. 40 on list of best places to own a home. Courtesy photo

It's one of the best real estate markets in the nation, but a new report suggests that Houston is one of the worst places to own a home.

In conjunction with Redfin, Porch.com recently released a list of the best places to own a home in America. Porch.com surveyed U.S. homeowners on a range of topics (from safety to taxes) and gathered insight from Redfin real estate agents to determine the rankings. 

Houston ranks No. 40 out of the 67 cities studied. While the Bayou City ranks No. 1 for economic opportunity, we fall way down on educational opportunity and commute (both at No. 60), security and safety (No. 57), healthy living (No. 56) and climate (52).

Of major Texas cities, however, Houston doesn't rank the worst. Austin, surprisingly, ranks No. 48 of of the 67 cities in the survey. Dallas fares best at No. 21; San Antonio follows at No. 28. 

The happiest homeowners, it seems, are living it up in Denver. Other top places to own a home are Grand Rapids, Michigan; Washington, D.C.; Virginia Beach, Virginia; and Rochester, New York.