Jan 30 2014

Maponics' List of Top 10 Most Affordable Neighborhoods with the Best Schools Helps Families Find Ideal Locations to Buy a Home

White River Junction, Vt. – Maponics, a leading provider of geospatial data, analyzed five of their datasets to develop a list of the Top 10 Most Affordable Neighborhoods with the Best Schools.

“Homes are typically more expensive in neighborhoods with highly ranked public schools,” said Paul Gallagher, VP of Marketing and Product. “We wanted to find family-friendly ‘pockets’ where home buyers don’t need to sacrifice the right house for a great school, or settle for a struggling school just because they want a home with more amenities.”

In each of the country’s top 10 metro regions, Maponics identified the best neighborhood for families from the perspective of housing, public education and crime. Results are in the table below.

Top 10 Most Affordable Neighborhoods with the Best Schools*



Median home price

High School

School Ranking** 

Crime Score***

Los Angeles, CA

West La Verne


Bonita High School

122nd of 1791


Chicago, IL

Wheatland South


Neuqua Valley High School

13th of 672


Houston, TX



Kingwood High School

88th of 1643


Philadelphia, PA



Springfield Township High School

63rd of 676


Phoenix, AZ

The Spectrum at Val Vista


Campo Verde High School

48th of 498


San Antonio, TX

Eckhert Crossing


Marshall High School

414th of 1643


San Diego, CA

Lake San Marcos


San Marcos High School

247th of 1791


Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX

Valley Brook


Central High School

132nd of 1643


San Jose, CA



Pioneer High School

136th of 1791


Austin, TX

The Oaklands


Round Rock High School

185th of 1643


*Disclaimer: This list represents one approach to identifying affordable neighborhoods with highly ranked public schools. It is an opinion of Maponics and is not endorsed by any government agency. See below for methodology.

**of schools statewide

***(1 = Very Low, 10 = Very High)

Maponics based their list on the top 10 U.S. metros by population (excluding New York City because it has school choice). They then mapped school attendance zones to the neighborhoods in each city using their Neighborhood Boundaries and School Boundaries products.

Maponics used Context Real Estate Sales to deliver median home prices. To determine affordability, they used Census data and’s affordability calculator.

A public high school was considered “high ranking” if it falls within the state’s 70th percentile based on Maponics Context School Rankings.

Maponics used Context Crime Scores to rank the overall crime levels of each neighborhood, with 1 being Very Low and 10 being Very High.

“The list is an example of how to filter data and isolate truly useful information for consumers,” said Gallagher. “We hope consumers and real estate professionals will refer to this list during the home buying process, or take the ideas behind the ranking to shape their property search in any metro region nationwide.”

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Maponics is the market leader for comprehensive geospatial datasets that underpin today's location-based services and analytics. Maponics creates, publishes and updates geographic files for the areas that define where people spend their time and money, such as Neighborhood Boundaries, ZIP Code Boundaries and School Boundaries. Maponics’ customers include many of today's best-known web, social media and real estate brands, including over 70% of the top real estate websites. The company is headquartered in Vermont. For additional information, visit

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