Study: Phoenix-Area Cities Among Best for Single Homeowners

With sunsets like this one, it's no wonder single people are opting to settle down and buy houses in Scottsdale and other Phoenix-area cities. | Matt Heacock

A new study places the Phoenix suburbs of Chandler, Scottsdale and Mesa high on the list of U.S. cities where single people own homes.

As Phoenix radio station KTAR reported last week, the study by Smart Asset looked at one-person households in cities across the country and determined how many of those residents own, rather than rent, their homes. In Chandler, the study found, 54 percent of singles own their homes, putting the city fourth on the nationwide list for home ownership by singles.

Not far behind were Scottsdale, which placed sixth, at 52 percent home ownership by singles; and Mesa, which was eighth, at 51 percent. In Mesa, the study noted, 52 percent of those owner-occupied one-person households are owned by seniors, the highest such rate in the country.

Two Virginia cities, Chesapeake and Virginia Beach, took the top two spots on the Smart Asset list. Aurora, Colorado, was third.

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