A new study released by RealtyTrac and curated by ATTOM Data Solutions has revealed the rankings of the best U.S. markets for buying single family rental properties this year. Where does your market lie and what are some new locales you might what you check out? Let’s delve into the findings. Want more articles like this? Create an account today to get BiggerPocket's best blog articles delivered to your inbox Sign up for free Methodology This study looked at single family returns over 375 counties in the United States with populations of 100,000 or more—as well as 6,000 zip codes with populations of 2,500 or more—that provided sufficient home and rental price data. Rental numbers were pulled from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and home price data was sourced from publicly recorded sales deed data collected by ATTOM Data Solutions. Overall Trends Says Daren Blomquist, Senior VP of ATTOM Data Solutions, “While good returns on single family rentals are hard to come by in high-priced coastal markets and in some other housing hot spots such as Denver and parts of Dallas, Austin and Nashville, solid returns on single family rentals will continue to be available in many parts of the Southeast, Rust Belt and Midwest for investors purchasing in 2017.” Related: 5 Ways the Housing Market Could Change in 2017 Despite annual gross rental yield being down from 9.1 percent in 2016 to 9.0 percent in 2017, Blomquist noted, “Single family rentals should continue to yield strong returns in many parts of the country going forward given the market undercurrents of low rent-ready housing inventory and low homeownership rates. Average fair market rents increased in 2017 in 86 percent of the markets we analyzed even while average wage growth outpaced rent growth in 67 percent of markets—a recipe for sustainable growth in the rental market.” 5 Counties With the Highest Single Family Rental Returns Those areas with the highest annual gross rental yields include: Clayton County, Georgia, in the Atlanta metro area (23.7 percent) Baltimore City, Maryland (23.6 percent) Bibb County, Georgia, in the Macon metro area (23.5 percent) Monroe County, Pennsylvania, in the East Stroudsburg metro area (20.6 percent) Saginaw County, Michigan (18.8 percent) 5 Counties With the Lowest Single Family Rental Returns Meanwhile, the lowest annual gross rental yields were seen in: Washington, D.C., metro area (3.4 percent) Williamson County, Tennessee, in the Nashville metro area (3.9 percent) Santa Cruz County, California (4.1 percent) Norfolk County, Massachusetts, in the Boston metro area (4.2 percent) Santa Clara County, California, in the San Jose metro area (4.2 percent) Related: 7 Real Estate Investors Discuss What They’re Seeing in Their Local Markets 25 Single Family Rental Markets With the Highest Growth in 2017 The study also identified 25 counties expected to have the best potential for future growth of returns on single family rentals based on average weekly wages increasing at least 5 percent annually, outpacing fair market rents, as well as gross annual yields of 9.5 percent or higher. Image via RealtyTrac.com. For interactive chart, click here. Would you consider investing in any of the above markets? Where do you predict will see the biggest returns this year? Let me know your predictions with a comment!