America’s 25 Most Undervalued Cities

A skyline view of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
A skyline view of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
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Trying to figure out if you can make enough money to buy a home is no small undertaking. It's a stress that has no doubt contributed to Millennials' perhaps-forced fondness for renting over buying. But would you be surprised to find out that some of America’s best-known cities are actually undervalued?

As Thrillist reports, financial technology company SmartAsset studied 189 of the largest American cities and compiled data on crime stats, high school graduation rates, numbers of extreme temperature and precipitation days, unemployment rates, walkability, and more, to devise their own property value estimates per square foot. They then compared those estimates against real estate website Zillow’s, and created a list of cities where they found the largest discrepancies between the two.

Eight of the top 10 cities from last year’s list remain in the top 10, and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania took the number one spot for the second year in a row.

Chicago came in at number seven, mostly due to high scores in walkability, high school graduation rates, and the number of dining and entertainment establishments.

Map of America's top ten most undervalued cities and list
SmartAsset

Check out the full list of 25 cities below to find out where you can move for a good time and a long time:

  1. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  1. Newark, New Jersey
  1. New Haven, Connecticut
  1. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  1. Baltimore, Maryland
  1. Providence, Rhode Island
  1. Chicago, Illinois
  1. Charleston, South Carolina
  1. St. Louis, Missouri
  1. Allentown, Pennsylvania
  1. Hartford, Connecticut
  1. Bridgeport, Connecticut
  1. Amarillo, Texas
  1. Torrance, California
  1. Syracuse, New York
  1. Albuquerque, New Mexico
  1. Overland Park, Kansas
  1. Plano, Texas
  1. Athens, Georgia
  1. El Paso, Texas
  1. Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  1. Midland, Texas
  1. Ann Arbor, Michigan
  1. Norfolk, Virginia
  1. Chula Vista, California

[h/t Thrillist]

Wayfair’s Fourth of July Clearance Sale Takes Up to 60 Percent Off Grills and Outdoor Furniture

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Wayfair/Weber

This Fourth of July, Wayfair is making sure you can turn your backyard into an oasis while keeping your bank account intact with a clearance sale that features savings of up to 60 percent on essentials like chairs, hammocks, games, and grills. Take a look at some of the highlights below.

Outdoor Furniture

Brisbane bench from Wayfair
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- Jericho 9-Foot Market Umbrella $92 (Save 15 percent)
- Woodstock Patio Chairs (Set of Two) $310 (Save 54 percent)
- Brisbane Wooden Storage Bench $243 (Save 62 percent)
- Kordell Nine-Piece Rattan Sectional Seating Group with Cushions $1800 (Save 27 percent)
- Nelsonville 12-Piece Multiple Chairs Seating Group $1860 (Save 56 percent)
- Collingswood Three-Piece Seating Group with Cushions $410 (Save 33 percent)

Grills and Accessories

Dyna-Glo electric smoker.
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- Spirit® II E-310 Gas Grill $479 (Save 17 percent)
- Portable Three-Burner Propane Gas Grill $104 (Save 20 percent)
- Digital Bluetooth Electric Smoker $224 (Save 25 percent)
- Cuisinart Grilling Tool Set $38 (Save 5 percent)

Outdoor games

American flag cornhole game.
GoSports

- American Flag Cornhole Board $57 (Save 19 percent)
- Giant Four in a Row Game $30 (Save 6 percent)
- Giant Jenga Game $119 (Save 30 percent)

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The Worst Drivers In America Live in These 15 States

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Life of Pix, Pexels

No matter how many times you've been cut off on a road trip, anecdotal evidence alone can't prove that a certain state's drivers are worse than yours. For that, you need statistics. The personal finance company SmartAsset compiled data related to bad driving behaviors to create this list of the 15 states in America with the worst drivers.

This ranking is based on four metrics: the number of fatalities per 100 million miles driven in each state, DUI arrests per 1000 drivers, the percentage of uninsured drivers, and how often residents Google the terms “speeding ticket” or “traffic ticket.”

Mississippi ranks worst overall, with the second-highest number of fatalities and the second lowest percentage of insured drivers. This marked the third year in a row Mississippi claimed the bottom slot in SmartAsset's worst driver's list. This year, it's followed by Nevada in second place and Tennessee in third. You can check out the worst offenders in the country in the list below.

Some motorists may be more interested in avoiding the cities plagued by bad driving than the states. These two categories don't always align: Oregon, which didn't crack the top 10 states with the worst drivers, is home to Portland, the city with the worst drivers according to one quote comparison site. After reading through the list of states, compare it to the cities with the worst drivers in America here.

  1. Mississippi
  1. Nevada
  1. Tennessee
  1. Florida
  1. California
  1. Arizona
  1. South Carolina (Tie)
  1. Texas (Tie)
  1. New Mexico
  1. Alaska
  1. Louisiana
  1. Alabama
  1. Oregon
  1. Arkansas
  1. Colorado