10 Best Places To Raise A Family In Texas For 2019


We used science and data to determine which cities in Texas have the best set up for children: a lot to do, good schools, and no crime.

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for . This is our second time ranking the best cities for families in Texas.

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Did you grow up in the South? If not, it is childhood like no other. Your winters are punctuated by the briefest of snowstorms that close down the school, your summers are spent drinking gallons of sweet tea and lemonade, and everyone seems to be the nicest person on the planet.

If you grew up in the South and moved to other regions as you got older, you may ask yourself why you wanted to leave in the first place. The summer temperatures may be brutal, but everyone appreciates a swim in the local lakes or a trip or two to the beaches.

But those memories often leave more practical aspects of growing up out. You never had to think about where you went to school or whether or not there was a better place to live. Your parents made those decisions for you.

However, your parents are no longer making those decisions and you are suddenly now in their shoes. So what makes a city so great for raising families? How do you determine which cities are the best when there are hundreds of them to choose from?

You’ve obviously got a lot of responsibility on your plate, so we’ve done the legwork for you. And if we are talking about the South, why not begin there, with one of the best states in the South to live: Texas.

Interested to see which cities come up as the best of the best for families?

We looked at 208 cities in Texas to determine which cities are the best for raising your family. To do that, we looked at “family-friendliness,” essentially all the factors you need to take into account when choosing a place to raise your family.

Can you guess which city came in first place? Yes, you guessed it, Southlake.

Southlake comes up on several of our “best” lists for Texas and with a SnackAbility score of 10/10, it is no shocker that this city is family-friendly.

Want to see how your favorite city or hometown in Texas stacked up? Read on to learn more about our methodology and to see what makes each of our top 10 cities for families so amazing.

Or, check out some more reading about Texas and the best places for families in the country:

How do you determine which place is best for families in Texas anyways?

To give you the places in Texas which are best for families, we have to look at a handful of metrics. Of course, we want to measure the type of people who live in each city, and make some assumptions about what’s family-friendly and what isn’t.

So we researched the internet for a database that contains all that information.

How we crunched the family friendly numbers for the Lone Star State

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using U.S. Census data produced for the state of Texas, we looked at every single city in the state. We paid particular attention to:

  • Crime (Both violent and property)
  • Quality of local schools
  • Distance to a major city without necessarily being in it
  • % of households with children
  • Family-friendly amenities nearby (museums, libraries and colleges)

We then gave each city a Family Score.

The higher the score, the better the city is for families. We also limited our results to cities with populations over 10,000 people. For Texas, that meant a total of 208 cities.

Read on to see why Southlake is where all the families are headed, while Bellmead is probably a place made for singles.

The 10 Best Places To Raise A Family In Texas For 2019

Southlake, TX

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 30,090
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 40
Closest Major City: Irving
Households with kids: 50.0%
More on Southlake: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Bellaire, TX

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 18,479
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 60
Closest Major City: Houston
Households with kids: 39.3%
More on Bellaire: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Sachse, TX

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 24,303
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 53
Closest Major City: Garland
Households with kids: 43.7%
More on Sachse: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Prosper, TX

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 17,107
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 44
Closest Major City: Plano
Households with kids: 55.5%
More on Prosper: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Canyon, TX

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 14,809
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 62
Closest Major City: Lubbock
Households with kids: 29.4%
More on Canyon: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Midlothian, TX

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 22,615
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 45
Closest Major City: Arlington
Households with kids: 43.6%
More on Midlothian: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Mansfield, TX

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 65,033
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 60
Closest Major City: Arlington
Households with kids: 44.0%
More on Mansfield: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Wylie, TX

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 47,855
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 55
Closest Major City: Garland
Households with kids: 49.7%
More on Wylie: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Little Elm, TX

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 39,471
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 43
Closest Major City: Plano
Households with kids: 50.6%
More on Little Elm: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Portland, TX

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 16,618
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 39
Closest Major City: Corpus Christi
Households with kids: 39.7%
More on Portland: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

There You Have It – The Best Places To Raise A Family In Texas

If you’re looking for a breakdown of cities in Texas ranked by criteria that most would agree make a place a great spot for families, this is an accurate list.

Here’s a look at the best cities for singles Texas according to the data:

  1. Bellmead
  2. Stafford
  3. Addison

For more Texas reading, check out:

How Is The Area In ?

Detailed List Of The Best Places For Families In Texas

Rank City Population Amenities Score
1 Southlake, TX 30,090 45
2 Bellaire, TX 18,479 57
3 Sachse, TX 24,303 39
4 Prosper, TX 17,107 50
5 Canyon, TX 14,809 48
6 Midlothian, TX 22,615 56
7 Mansfield, TX 65,033 49
8 Wylie, TX 47,855 46
9 Little Elm, TX 39,471 53
10 Portland, TX 16,618 60
11 Colleyville, TX 25,557 60
12 Crowley, TX 14,866 54
13 Hutto, TX 22,644 44
14 Keller, TX 45,357 31
15 Buda, TX 13,253 59
16 Saginaw, TX 22,120 40
17 Friendswood, TX 38,811 54
18 Rockwall, TX 42,316 52
19 Coppell, TX 41,138 34
20 Frisco, TX 155,363 38
21 Allen, TX 96,865 38
22 Gatesville, TX 12,426 60
23 Athens, TX 12,653 53
24 Murphy, TX 20,361 41
25 Flower Mound, TX 71,575 42
26 Waxahachie, TX 33,240 40
27 Watauga, TX 24,391 53
28 Fredericksburg, TX 11,046 52
29 Weatherford, TX 28,817 62
30 Mckinney, TX 164,760 56
31 Fate, TX 10,339 42
32 Cedar Park, TX 70,010 56
33 Stephenville, TX 19,929 48
34 Lockhart, TX 13,319 60
35 Trophy Club, TX 11,436 58
36 Schertz, TX 38,199 41
37 Leander, TX 40,338 44
38 Richmond, TX 12,063 71
39 Boerne, TX 13,834 47
40 Azle, TX 11,607 36
41 University Park, TX 24,692 32
42 Kerrville, TX 22,931 44
43 West University Place, TX 15,477 42
44 Carrollton, TX 131,240 58
45 Seagoville, TX 16,089 48
46 Conroe, TX 77,086 71
47 Georgetown, TX 63,062 59
48 Benbrook, TX 22,782 33
49 Anna, TX 11,318 38
50 Cibolo, TX 26,602 31
51 Gainesville, TX 16,141 52
52 Beeville, TX 13,117 36
53 Red Oak, TX 11,993 56
54 Laredo, TX 255,305 60
55 Pearsall, TX 10,111 44
56 Corsicana, TX 23,695 37
57 The Colony, TX 41,388 62
58 Rowlett, TX 60,357 52
59 Lancaster, TX 38,871 36
60 New Braunfels, TX 70,317 56
61 Cedar Hill, TX 48,149 61
62 Santa Fe, TX 13,086 40
63 Kyle, TX 36,929 47
64 Plano, TX 281,566 55
65 Socorro, TX 33,587 44
66 Belton, TX 20,635 50
67 Port Lavaca, TX 12,331 42
68 Deer Park, TX 33,748 58
69 Denison, TX 23,342 41
70 Forney, TX 17,793 45
71 Farmers Branch, TX 33,808 39
72 Pflugerville, TX 58,013 52
73 Lumberton, TX 12,449 43
74 Cleburne, TX 29,595 45
75 Richardson, TX 111,055 63
76 Irving, TX 235,648 71
77 Hewitt, TX 14,253 42
78 Corinth, TX 20,908 48
79 Taylor, TX 16,603 38
80 Grapevine, TX 51,733 56
81 El Paso, TX 678,266 81
82 Terrell, TX 16,997 50
83 Eagle Pass, TX 28,469 46
84 Uvalde, TX 16,256 60
85 Kilgore, TX 14,784 63
86 Dickinson, TX 19,874 44
87 Burleson, TX 43,296 52
88 Hidalgo, TX 13,593 51
89 Euless, TX 54,135 56
90 Vernon, TX 10,765 61
91 Del Rio, TX 35,951 34
92 Brownwood, TX 18,841 47
93 Round Rock, TX 116,369 42
94 Pasadena, TX 153,909 39
95 Sugar Land, TX 86,886 32
96 Huntsville, TX 40,727 63
97 Sweetwater, TX 10,740 38
98 North Richland Hills, TX 69,039 43
99 Lakeway, TX 14,147 45
100 Andrews, TX 13,333 52

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