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SmartAsset set about measuring the stablity and growth potential of the nation's cities four years ago. It is out now with its fourth annual list. Here's what it found:

SmartAsset looked at data on home values over time in order to find the odds of a significant depreciation in value and overall appreciation. Specifically, we compared home value data for every quarter between 1993 and 2017. To see how we created our final ranking, check out the data and methodology section below.

Key Findings

  • Colorado boulders the competition – Colorado has three metro areas in our top 10, more than any other state. In fact if we also consider Wyoming, Colorado’s neighbor to the north, half of the top 10 housing markets for growth and stability are located in just two states.
  • More of the same – Certain housing markets continue to pay dividends for homeowners who invested in them. The top three metro areas from last year’s ranking each kept their spots in this year’s edition.
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