Study: Only Three U.S. Cities Have Affordable Housing, Good Jobs and High Quality of Life

These findings are surprising – no Texas cities met the three criteria sought in this study. Three others did – all in the Midwest.

The Oregon Office of Economic Analysis explored what’s being called the “housing trilemma.” It refers to the fact that we’re forced to make tradeoffs in deciding where to live because housing is so expensive in areas where it used to be cheap. DFW comes to mind. Remember when we were THE national bang for the buck?

They looked at the 100 largest areas of the country – focusing on affordability, economic strength and quality of life… such as weather, recreation and the arts.

And the only cities meeting all three: Oklahoma City, Omaha and Des Moines.

Here’s a visual that sums it up.

Cities meeting two of the three metrics include Boise, Portland, Houston.

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