South Lake Tahoe is Zillow’s most popular 2021 place in the entire U.S.

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Not only was South Lake Tahoe the most popular place overall, but it also earned the No. 1 spot in the real estate marketplace’s lists of “most popular small town” and “most popular vacation town.”

This is the first year Zillow shared the list, which analyzed page views per listing, home values and affordability with growth potential, using data from October 2020 to November 2021. The real estate marketplace also cited South Lake Tahoe’s “small-town vibe” and short driving distance to the Bay Area, Sacramento and Reno, Nev. as reasons for its high desirability.

The Lake Tahoe town had 5,469 page views per listing according to Zillow, though rising home values in the region may be the biggest indicator of popularity. South Lake Tahoe hit a median of $692,792 this year, up 34.9% in the past year. Values are up from $515,000 in November 2020, and $447,000 in November 2019.

“South Lake Tahoe shot to the top of our list because it has everything you would dream about in a place to live. It’s a beautiful area, with a small-town vibe and big-city amenities, and of course some of the best year-round outdoor recreation in the country,” said Zillow spokesperson Matt Kreamer. “It certainly doesn’t hurt that it’s fairly close to some of the largest population centers in the country, so it’s a natural place for millions to think of first when they’re dreaming about a vacation home or new place to work remotely.”

After South Lake Tahoe, Calabasas, Calif. was dubbed the most popular small town and Big Bear Lake, Calif. topped the list of most popular vacation towns. Newport, Ore. was named the most popular beach town.

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