With more than 126,000 house-flipping investors in 2016 – the highest rate since 2007 – and an average gross profit of nearly $63,000, also a new ceiling since 2000, the personal-finance website WalletHub took an in-depth look at 2017’s Best Places to Flip Houses.

To help serious real-estate investors find the best markets to list their flipped properties, WalletHub’s data team compared the 150 largest U.S. cities across 22 key metrics. The data set ranges from median purchase price to average full home remodeling costs to housing-market health index.

Best Cities to Flip Houses   Worst Cities to Flip Houses
1 El Paso, TX   141 Honolulu, HI  
2 Sioux Falls, SD   142 Boston, MA  
3 Fort Wayne, IN   143 San Jose, CA  
4 Peoria, AZ   144 New York, NY  
5 Oklahoma City, OK   145 Oxnard, CA  
6 Tampa, FL   146 Los Angeles, CA  
7 Grand Rapids, MI   147 San Francisco, CA  
8 Boise, ID   148 Newark, NJ  
9 Greensboro, NC   149 Yonkers, NY  
10 Springfield, MO   150 Oakland, CA  

Best vs. Worst

  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has the highest average gross return on investment, 130 percent, which is 5.9 times higher than in San Jose, California, the city with the lowest at 22 percent.
  • Cleveland has the lowest median purchase price, $46,250, which is 14.1 times lower than in San Jose, California, the city with the highest at $654,250.
  • Memphis, Tennessee, has the highest share of home flips, 11.67 percent, which is 3.9 times higher than in Pittsburgh, the city with the lowest at 3.03 percent.
  • Seattle has the highest housing-market health index, 9.833, which is 50 times higher than in New Orleans, the city with the lowest at 0.197.
  • Orlando, Florida, has the most real-estate agents (per 100,000 residents), 163, which is 16.3 times more than in Brownsville, Texas, the city with the fewest at 10.
  • Little Rock, Arkansas, has the lowest average full home remodeling costs, $75,888, which is five times lower than in Atlanta, the city with the highest at $375,734.

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