South Lake Tahoe Named America’s Most Popular City by Zillow

With pristine crystal waters surrounded by lush evergreens, Lake Tahoe has always been one of the top destinations in California. Now, the city has officially been named the most popular place in America by Zillow.

Based on Zillow page-view traffic, available housing inventory, price appreciation and other housing barometers that indicate consumer demand, Zillow analyzed thousands of ZIP codes within the nation’s 100 largest metropolitan areas to create a ranking of the site’s most popular U.S. cities…


Its high number of views on Zillow — 5,469 page views per listing — helped catapult it to the No. 1 spot. Lake Tahoe offers home buyers a small-town vibe, with an easy commute to the Bay Area and Sacramento to the west, and Carson City and Reno to the east. The typical home in South Lake Tahoe is valued at $692,792.

The Golden State snapped up all the top rankings. Calabasas came in at No. 2, followed by Malibu. Both cities are located in Los Angeles County.

Calabasas also ranked as the most popular small town in America. Big Bear was named the nation’s best vacation spot.

See full rankings and methodology here.