Would-be buyers of starter homes in larger cities will have the best luck in cities like Columbus, Indianapolis, Minneapolis-St. Paul and Nashville, while feeder cities in the Washington D.C., Indianapolis, Denver, and Raleigh metros are among the nation’s best overall for the property type. 

“In most big U.S. cities, it’s practically impossible to realize the American dream as a first-time homebuyer, including for millennials, who now make up the largest generational cohort interested in homeownership,” says StorageCafe’s Matei Idu in a new analysis. “There is, however, a silver lining, and that comes with urbanization and the rapid growth of suburbs and feeder cities that can now easily compete with gateway cities in providing premier lifestyles plus access to affordable homes.”

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