City Life in the Suburbs: Here Are the Top “Urban” ‘Burbs in the U.S.

Maybe city living isn’t quite right for you, but you’re not quite cut out for life in the ‘burbs, either. There is a happy medium, and that’s the “urban suburb.”

None of these neighborhoods are technically in any city, but you’d hardly know it. Niche bases its “urban feel” on population density, so don’t expect a lot of elbow room. You’ll probably encounter crowds in these parts. It’s not unlikely you’ll find cool coffee shops, hip restaurants, and maybe even real sidewalks, too!

Check out our list of the most urban suburbs in America below, and find out how much it costs to live there, how good the schools are, and how rough (or not-so-rough!) the daily commute is. Click on the name of any place to find out more.

Rank Suburb Metro Area Median Home Value Median Rent Schools grade Cost of Living Grade Commute Grade
Rank 1
Suburb Clayton
Metro Area St. Louis Area
Median Home Value $577,300
Median Rent $1,115
Schools grade A+
Cost of Living Grade C+
Commute Grade A
Rank 2
Suburb Bexley
Metro Area Columbus Area
Median Home Value $291,900
Median Rent $913
Schools grade A+
Cost of Living Grade B
Commute Grade A
Rank 3
Suburb Whitefish Bay
Metro Area Milwaukee Area
Median Home Value $350,700
Median Rent $1,175
Schools grade A+
Cost of Living Grade B-
Commute Grade A
Rank 4
Metro Area Pittsburgh Area
Median Home Value $235,200
Median Rent $854
Schools grade A+
Cost of Living Grade B-
Commute Grade A-
Rank 5
Suburb Albany
Metro Area San Francisco Bay Area
Median Home Value $697,600
Median Rent $1,653
Schools grade A+
Cost of Living Grade D+
Commute Grade A
Rank 6
Suburb Ardmore
Metro Area Philadelphia Area
Median Home Value $309,600
Median Rent $1,267
Schools grade A+
Cost of Living Grade C
Commute Grade A
Rank 7
Metro Area Columbus Area
Median Home Value $295,400
Median Rent $1,092
Schools grade A
Cost of Living Grade B
Commute Grade A-
Rank 8
Suburb Oak Park
Metro Area Chicago Area
Median Home Value $359,100
Median Rent $1,050
Schools grade A+
Cost of Living Grade C+
Commute Grade A-
Rank 9
Suburb Berkeley
Metro Area San Francisco Bay Area
Median Home Value $795,200
Median Rent $1,434
Schools grade A+
Cost of Living Grade D+
Commute Grade A+
Rank 10
Suburb Brookline
Metro Area Boston Area
Median Home Value $758,400
Median Rent $2,005
Schools grade A+
Cost of Living Grade C-
Commute Grade A
Rank 11
Suburb Santa Monica
Metro Area Los Angeles Area
Median Home Value $1,086,300
Median Rent $1,626
Schools grade A+
Cost of Living Grade D
Commute Grade A
Rank 12
Suburb Mountain View
Metro Area San Francisco Bay Area
Median Home Value $973,000
Median Rent $1,912
Schools grade A+
Cost of Living Grade D+
Commute Grade A
Rank 13
Suburb Evanston
Metro Area Chicago Area
Median Home Value $356,600
Median Rent $1,246
Schools grade A+
Cost of Living Grade C
Commute Grade A
Rank 14
Suburb Arlington
Metro Area Washington, D.C. Area
Median Home Value $623,300
Median Rent $1,861
Schools grade A+
Cost of Living Grade C-
Commute Grade A
Rank 15
Suburb Cambridge
Metro Area Boston Area
Median Home Value $629,700
Median Rent $1,754
Schools grade A+
Cost of Living Grade C-
Commute Grade A+
Rank 16
Metro Area Washington, D.C. Area
Median Home Value $543,000
Median Rent $1,850
Schools grade A+
Cost of Living Grade C
Commute Grade A-
Rank 17
Metro Area Los Angeles Area
Median Home Value $1,537,200
Median Rent $2,232
Schools grade A+
Cost of Living Grade D+
Commute Grade B+
Rank 18
Suburb Shorewood
Metro Area Milwaukee Area
Median Home Value $308,600
Median Rent $909
Schools grade A+
Cost of Living Grade B-
Commute Grade A
Rank 19
Metro Area Dallas-Fort Worth Area
Median Home Value $1,102,500
Median Rent $1,705
Schools grade A+
Cost of Living Grade C+
Commute Grade A-
Rank 20
Suburb Merrifield
Metro Area Washington, D.C. Area
Median Home Value $466,900
Median Rent $1,904
Schools grade A
Cost of Living Grade C
Commute Grade A-
Rank 21
Suburb Belmont
Metro Area Boston Area
Median Home Value $711,200
Median Rent $1,710
Schools grade A+
Cost of Living Grade C-
Commute Grade A-
Rank 22
Suburb Narberth
Metro Area Philadelphia Area
Median Home Value $423,900
Median Rent $1,328
Schools grade A+
Cost of Living Grade C
Commute Grade A
Rank 23
Suburb La Grange
Metro Area Chicago Area
Median Home Value $446,100
Median Rent $1,125
Schools grade A+
Cost of Living Grade C+
Commute Grade A-
Rank 24
Suburb Highland Park
Metro Area New York City Area
Median Home Value $353,000
Median Rent $1,315
Schools grade A
Cost of Living Grade C-
Commute Grade A
Rank 25
Suburb Davis
Metro Area Sacramento Area
Median Home Value $565,700
Median Rent $1,291
Schools grade A+
Cost of Living Grade D+
Commute Grade A+
Rank 26
Suburb Forest Glen
Metro Area Washington, D.C. Area
Median Home Value $416,000
Median Rent $1,360
Schools grade A
Cost of Living Grade C+
Commute Grade B+
Rank 27
Suburb Lauderdale
Metro Area Minneapolis-St. Paul Area
Median Home Value $172,200
Median Rent $838
Schools grade A-
Cost of Living Grade B
Commute Grade A
Rank 28
Metro Area San Francisco Bay Area
Median Home Value $1,664,200
Median Rent $2,342
Schools grade A+
Cost of Living Grade D+
Commute Grade A
Rank 29
Suburb Jenkintown
Metro Area Philadelphia Area
Median Home Value $279,300
Median Rent $1,090
Schools grade A
Cost of Living Grade C
Commute Grade A-
Rank 30
Suburb Aspinwall
Metro Area Pittsburgh Area
Median Home Value $258,500
Median Rent $891
Schools grade A+
Cost of Living Grade C+
Commute Grade A-
Rank 31
Suburb Piedmont
Metro Area San Francisco Bay Area
Median Home Value $1,572,700
Median Rent $2,636
Schools grade A+
Cost of Living Grade C-
Commute Grade A-
Rank 32
Suburb Takoma Park
Metro Area Washington, D.C. Area
Median Home Value $508,600
Median Rent $1,121
Schools grade A+
Cost of Living Grade C
Commute Grade A-
Rank 33
Metro Area Los Angeles Area
Median Home Value $876,900
Median Rent $1,466
Schools grade A+
Cost of Living Grade D+
Commute Grade A-
Rank 34
Suburb Hermosa Beach
Metro Area Los Angeles Area
Median Home Value $1,166,800
Median Rent $1,963
Schools grade A
Cost of Living Grade D+
Commute Grade B+
Rank 35
Suburb Bronxville
Metro Area New York City Area
Median Home Value $995,100
Median Rent $2,648
Schools grade A+
Cost of Living Grade C-
Commute Grade B+
Rank 36
Metro Area New York City Area
Median Home Value $635,900
Median Rent $1,586
Schools grade A+
Cost of Living Grade C-
Commute Grade B+
Rank 37
Metro Area New York City Area
Median Home Value $848,000
Median Rent $NA
Schools grade A+
Cost of Living Grade D+
Commute Grade B+
Rank 38
Suburb Hartsdale
Metro Area New York City Area
Median Home Value $260,600
Median Rent $1,768
Schools grade A
Cost of Living Grade C
Commute Grade A-
Rank 39
Suburb Idylwood
Metro Area Washington, D.C. Area
Median Home Value $498,200
Median Rent $1,680
Schools grade A+
Cost of Living Grade C
Commute Grade A-
Rank 40
Metro Area New York City Area
Median Home Value $331,500
Median Rent $1,819
Schools grade A+
Cost of Living Grade C-
Commute Grade A-
Rank 41
Suburb Arlington
Metro Area Boston Area
Median Home Value $546,800
Median Rent $1,463
Schools grade A+
Cost of Living Grade C-
Commute Grade A-
Rank 42
Suburb Fair Oaks
Metro Area Washington, D.C. Area
Median Home Value $448,400
Median Rent $1,859
Schools grade A+
Cost of Living Grade C
Commute Grade B+
Rank 43
Suburb McNair
Metro Area Washington, D.C. Area
Median Home Value $410,400
Median Rent $1,801
Schools grade A-
Cost of Living Grade C
Commute Grade B+
Rank 44
Suburb Glen Ridge
Metro Area New York City Area
Median Home Value $593,300
Median Rent $1,560
Schools grade A+
Cost of Living Grade C
Commute Grade B+
Rank 45
Suburb Redondo Beach
Metro Area Los Angeles Area
Median Home Value $775,300
Median Rent $1,800
Schools grade A+
Cost of Living Grade D+
Commute Grade B+
Rank 46
Suburb Eggertsville
Metro Area Buffalo Area
Median Home Value $128,900
Median Rent $795
Schools grade A
Cost of Living Grade B
Commute Grade A
Rank 47
Metro Area Chicago Area
Median Home Value $321,200
Median Rent $1,082
Schools grade A+
Cost of Living Grade B-
Commute Grade B+
Rank 48
Suburb Glenside
Metro Area Philadelphia Area
Median Home Value $263,100
Median Rent $1,007
Schools grade A
Cost of Living Grade B-
Commute Grade A
Rank 49
Suburb Foster City
Metro Area San Francisco Bay Area
Median Home Value $949,900
Median Rent $2,535
Schools grade A
Cost of Living Grade D+
Commute Grade A-
Rank 50
Suburb Herricks
Metro Area New York City Area
Median Home Value $592,200
Median Rent $1,850
Schools grade A+
Cost of Living Grade C-
Commute Grade B+
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Author: Ali Trachta

Ali is the Content Writer/Editor at Niche.

City Life in the Suburbs: Here Are the Top “Urban” ‘Burbs in the U.S.