Ho ho holy cow, six of the nicest housing markets on Santa’s list are in Texas, while most of the naughtiest are in the Rust Belt and New England. 

(We're not actually suprised about Texas sweeping the top spots.)

RealtyTrac’s list looks at a variety of metrics including home affordability, crime, school evaluations, unemployment, foreclosures, and sex crime registries, and they came up with those who will get Santa’s favor and those who will get a pair of socks. (Eight pair, can you believe it?)

Nicest Housing Markets

  • There were 55 cities with unemployment, sex offenders and foreclosure inventory below the national averages, along with an average school score above the national average and a crime rating of B or above.
  • 20 out of the 55 cities had a crime rating of A or above.
  • Crime rates were one-third of the national average.
  • School scores in these cities were nearly twice the national average.
  • The average unemployment rate for these cities was 4.6%. Well below the national average.
  • There were 24 foreclosures per every 10,000 housing units.
  • There was an average of four sex offenders per 10,000 people.

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(Source: RealtyTrac’s Elves)

Naughtiest Housing Markets

  • There were 20 cities where unemployment, sex offenders, and foreclosure inventory were above the national averages along with school ratings below the national average and a crime rating of C or below.
  • School scores were one-half the national average.
  • Crime rates nearly twice the national average.
  • These cities had an average 7.8% unemployment rate.
  • These cities had 128 foreclosures per every 10,000 housing units.
  • These cities had an average of 27 sex offenders per 10,000 people.