NFL Real Estate Power Rankings: #30-#21
Ranking the Best NFL Cities
Fall is almost here, and with that comes America’s favorite sport: football. There’s absolutely nothing better than watching football all Sunday and enjoying some great food. Unfortunately, we’re real estate agents, so we’re always on the clock! But there’s no better game than football, and we all love throwing on that ratty old “lucky” jersey and cheering our favorite teams on.
But, as real estate professionals, we wanted to look at these teams from another angle: What are the best NFL cities? There’s no doubt that having a professional football team adds a lot to any major city. But, looking at a few different factors, which cities come out on top? We’ll take a look at a few different factors, like crime, median home price, and unemployment rates, to find the best NFL Real Estate cities in the country.
Obviously, this is all very generalized. There are good neighborhoods in every city. There are expensive areas, there are more affordable areas, and there are safe areas. But, with a very general and judgmental glance, let’s get it started finding the best NFL cities in our great, football-loving nation.
We’ll start at #30. Yes, there are 32 teams, but two of them play in New York City and two play in Los Angeles. See the best NFL cities below!
#30 Oakland, CA (Oakland Raiders…for now)
Unemployment Rate: 5.5% (18th)
Median Home Price: $619,800 (29th)
Average Two-Bedroom Rent: $3000 (28th)
Violent Crime per 1,000 people: 17 (30th)
Property Crime per 1,000 people: 60.28 (28th)
Well, this is appropriate. Not only have the Raiders been one of the worst teams in the NFL over the last decade, but the city also ranks as the worst in the NFL. Given that it’s just across the Bay from San Francisco, the high rental and mortgage prices have seeped over into Oakland. Combine that with Oakland’s always high crime rate, and you’ve got a perfect storm of terrible that even George Clooney couldn’t navigate through. But hey, at least the Raiders don’t need to worry about this much longer.
#30. Washington, D.C.
Unemployment Rate: 7.5% (29th)
Median Home Price: $550,000 (26th)
Average Two-Bedroom Rent: $2300 (24th)
Violent Crime per 1,000 people: 12.44 (24th)
Property Crime per 1,000 people: 51.83 (24th)
Our nation’s capital is in rough shape and its a shame that it comes in this low on our best NFL cities list. It’s been this way for a while, unfortunately.
Outrageous home prices, as well as rampant crime surrounding the metro area, make living in Washington D.C. a dangerous prospect. Education numbers weren’t included in this but, if they were, D.C. would have yet another bad mark on its already spotty resume. While you probably don’t want to live in D.C., don’t let this scare you off from visiting our capital. All of the monuments and museums make for a great tourist destination and, best of all, they’re all free and easily accessible with one of the best public transportation systems in the country. So, there you go. A little bit of sugar with the bad news.
#29. Baltimore, MD (Baltimore Ravens)
Unemployment Rate: 7.4% (28th)
Median Home Price: $230,000 (19th)
Average Two-Bedroom Rent: $2100 (21st)
Violent Crime per 1,000 people: 13.65 (29th)
Property Crime per 1,000 people: 48.06 (19th)
It’s never a good sign when one of the grittiest drug shows of all time is set in your town. Baltimore is just a hop, skip, and a train away from Washington, D.C., so the two cities share some of the same problems. Ineffective schools and a high rate of violent crimes, to name a couple. Baltimore does have a lot of old charm, and some beautiful old school architecture. It’s a city that’s nice to look at, except for all the murders. But that’s okay, right?
#28. Miami, FL (Miami Dolphins)
Unemployment Rate: 6.0% (19th)
Median Home Price: $282,000 (22nd)
Average Two-Bedroom Rent: $2450 (25th)
Violent Crime per 1,000 people: 10.45 (21st)
Property Crime per 1,000 people: 47.9 (18th)
This is a mistake, right? Miami is one of the best NFL cities in America! Players love playing there. I mean, look at that view! Everyone wants to live in paradise, but looks are so often deceiving. You practical readers already assumed that the real estate prices in a city like Miami are insanely high. That’s the biggest issue here, and it’s what drives Miami so far down this list. Rent is high, and home prices, especially depending on how close you live to South Beach, are very high. Maybe Miami isn’t so hospitable to its tourists either, given the high crime rates.
#27. Los Angeles, CA (LA Rams, LA Chargers)
Unemployment Rate: 7.5% (30th)
Median Home Price: $585,000 (27th)
Average Two-Bedroom Rent: $2600 (26th)
Violent Crime per 1,000 people: 4.98 (3rd)
Property Crime per 1,000 people: 21.75 (3rd)
What’s the deal with traffic, am I right? Look, we all know why LA is a frustrating place to live. The LA Rams might be happy to be home, but the rest of the residents aren’t too pleased with the outrageous real estate prices. Surprisingly, that’s the only category that brings LA down in our rankings. You’d think a city with the reputation of Los Angeles would have more crime and danger around every corner, but with plenty of nice areas around the problem sections of the sprawling metropolitan colossus, the crime rate is fantastic compared to the other cities on the list.
#26. New York City, NY (NY Jets and NY Giants)
Unemployment Rate: 6.1% (20th)
Median Home Price: $1,200,000 (30th)
Average Two-Bedroom Rent: $3600 (31st)
Violent Crime per 1,000 people: 5.58 (4th)
Property Crime per 1,000 people: 21.32 (2nd)
NYC coming in this low on our list of best NFL cities must be a little surprising to hear for New Yorkers.
New York City might be the most romanticized city in America. And why not? Beautiful architecture, Central Park, and it’s the setting of Home Alone 2. What’s not to love? Much like its West Coast big city counterpart, New York City’s prices cause it to tank on this list. NYC is no longer the crime-riddled cesspool of the 70s and 80s. It’s certainly been cleaned up since then, but because of a median home price that no one but a Wall Street broker or a high ranking drug dealer could afford, it’s impossible to live in the Big Apple and enjoy everything it has to offer. Of course, this is all kind of a moot point, since the Jets and Giants claim New York, yet their stadium is in East Rutherford, NJ. Stay classy, New York.
#25. Chicago, IL (Chicago Bears)
Unemployment Rate: 6.5% (23rd)
Median Home Price: $210,000 (22nd)
Average Two-Bedroom Rent: $2630 (27th)
Violent Crime per 1,000 people: 8.87 (15th)
Property Crime per 1,000 people: 31.67 (7th)
Admittedly, most of what I know about Chicago comes from John Hughes movies and how they treated poor Steve Bartman. It seems like every time you read a story about a terrible crime, it happened in Chicago. Or Florida, but those are at least entertaining. Chicago has some good qualities, but I don’t know much about it. It’s windy and I guess that’s a good thing?
#24. Atlanta, GA (Atlanta Falcons)
Unemployment Rate: 6.3% (21st)
Median Home Price: $195,000 (15th)
Average Two-Bedroom Rent: $1770 (18th)
Violent Crime per 1,000 people: 12.97 (27th)
Property Crime per 1,000 people: 47.9 (18th)
Atlanta is a pretty middle of the road city in these categories, but its two biggest outliers are violent crime and unemployment rate. Speaking of violent crimes…28-3. Moving on…
#23 Detroit, MI (Detroit Lions)
Unemployment Rate: 10.20% (31st)
Median Home Price: $165,000 (30th)
Average Two-Bedroom Rent: $1,132 (8th)
Violent Crime per 1,000 people: 20.09 (31st)
Property Crime per 1,000 people: 48.76 (21st)
Detroit has its problems and they’ve been well-documented. Much like their Lions, they haven’t had much success for a few decades. I mean, they only made it out of the first round of the playoffs once with Barry Sanders on their team. That’s crazy. However, much like the Lions, the city of Detroit might be in store for a comeback.
#23 San Francisco, CA (San Francisco 49ers)
Unemployment Rate: 3.40% (31st)
Median Home Price: $1,100,000 (30th)
Average Two-Bedroom Rent: $3500 (30th)
Violent Crime per 1,000 people: 8 (13th)
Property Crime per 1,000 people: 53.89 (25th)
Full House, Alcatraz, and the Golden Gate Bridge. That’s all you need to know about San Francisco. That, and the fact that they need to that they are forming a homeless poop task force. No, really.
#22 New Orleans, LA (New Orleans Saints)
Unemployment Rate: 6.50% (24th)
Median Home Price: $172,000 (12th)
Average Two-Bedroom Rent: $1800 (19th)
Violent Crime per 1,000 people: 9.83 (17th)
Property Crime per 1,000 people: 43.68 (16th)
The Big Easy has certainly suffered its setbacks, but there’s not a more resilient city in America. Thankfully, New Orleans remains the party capital of the USA and a fascinating milieu of clashing cultures. So, in the immortal words of Bubba from Forrest Gump, “That’s…that’s about it.”
#21 Boston, MA (New England Patriots)
Unemployment Rate: 3.70% (6th)
Median Home Price: $504,000 (25th)
Average Two-Bedroom Rent: $3100 (29th)
Violent Crime per 1,000 people: 7.90 (12th)
Property Crime per 1,000 people: 28.71 (6th)
The crucible of the American Revolution has a lot going for it. Like many East Coast cities, it is outrageously expensive, but the surprising lack of crim for a large city bumps it up the list. Unfortunately, it’s lower on the list in all of our hearts for playing host to some of the most annoying sports franchises in history. More importantly, it has some nice landmarks, so we’ll let it slide. It’s one of America’s proudest cities and one of the best NFL cities.
Thanks for checking out the first installment of this series, taking a look at the best NFL cities. Be sure to come back next week to check out the next installment of our NFL Real Estate Power Rankings and see where your favorite city winds up on the list!