During the pandemic, home prices in cities and towns across the country have been rising. But what does that trend look like if you dig down to the ZIP code level to get a granular view of where the action is? Realtor.com did just that in its annual report on the hottest ZIP codes in U.S. real estate.

The site compared listings active from January 2021 to June 2021, across 30,000 ZIP codes, using two metrics: demand, measured by the number of unique individuals clicking into property listings on Realtor.com; and time on the market, or how long homes took to sell. (While there are close to 42,000 ZIP codes in the country, those lacking adequate sales data or representation on Realtor.com and those with too few listings to consider were eliminated.)

To create a broad national picture and to keep the list from being dominated by a handful of high-performing markets, only one ZIP code in each metropolitan area was ranked. “We were…

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