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?
These are the best cities to raise a family in Texas for 2019:
- Southlake (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Bellaire (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Sachse (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Prosper (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Canyon (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Midlothian (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Mansfield (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Wylie (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Little Elm (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Portland (Photos | Homes For Sale)
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:
- Best Places To Live In Texas
- Cheapest Places To Live In Texas
- Best Cities To Raise A Family In America
- Best States To Raise A Family In America
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
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:
For more Texas reading, check out:
- These Are The 10 Best Places To Retire In Texas
- 10 Safest Places In Texas
- 10 Best Places To Live In Texas