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Austin-area ZIP code declared one of the best places for families

Austin-area ZIP code declared one of the best places for families

Home for sale in 78717 ZIP code in Austin
This home for sale at 11213 Old Quarry Rd. is an affordable option in 78717. Photo courtesy of Select Austin Real Estate

Central Texas families looking for affordable homes and top-notch schools have a great option in their own backyard. That's according to a new report from HomeUnion, which identifies the 30 best places in America for families to live.

The real estate investment firm included the most affordable ZIP code in 30 metro areas where the average school rating was in the 80th percentile or higher. The 78717 ZIP code in Williamson County ranks No. 19 on the list. 

The area encompasses the golf community of Avery Ranch. The ZIP code has a school rating of 84.9 and a median home price of $375,000, says HomeUnion. 

Two other Texas submarkets are on the list. 77450 in Katy, outside of Houston, ranks No. 12, and 78255 in San Antonio's Cross Mountain suburb is No. 15.

“As home prices continue to increase in many coastal markets, particularly in the western U.S., we are seeing the best opportunities for first-time homebuyers with families in the center of the country," says Steve Hovland, director of research. 

The No. 1 market for the second year in a row is Blue Springs, Missouri, near Kansas City.