10 Best Places To Raise A Family In Texas For 2018


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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If you’re like the rest of us, you’re looking for the perfect place for your family. But you have a strict criteria; the city has to be safe, affordable, and stimulating. Basically, the place you move – or even visit – has to be outright perfect.

Is that attainable? Perhaps not, but we’ll get you as close as we can.

Promise.

According to the United States Census, the number of American families who move is trending downwards Why is that? Perhaps it has to do with the ‘safety net’ factor: We get comfortable where we live, and we’re afraid to try a new move. What if the schools are bad? What if it’s dangerous?

Well, we can pretty much guarantee that if you choose the cities we’re mentioning below, you won’t lose any sleep whatsoever.

So, where are the best cities for families in Texas? We’ve got the answers here.

These are the best cities to raise a family in the Lone Star State:

  1. Southlake (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Bellaire (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Sachse (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Prosper (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Midlothian (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Crowley (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Mansfield (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Canyon (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Wylie (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Hutto (Photos | Homes For Sale)

If you’re thinking of making a move to Texas, and want a family-friendly place, we’ve got you covered. And if you already have kids, we’re surprised you made it this far into the article and hope your little ones give you a couple of more minutes of free time.

Keep on reading for a detailed methodology.

Or, check out the best places to live in Texas and, for those of you on a budget, the cheapest places to live in Texas.

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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 211 cities.

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

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1. Southlake

Southlake, TX

Population: 29,101
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 44
Closest Major City: Irving
Households with kids: 51.5%
More on Southlake: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Southlake is a city located predominantly in Tarrant County with minor areas extending into Denton County in the U.S. state of Texas. Southlake is a suburb in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metropolitan area. As of the 2010 census it had a population of 26,575. Southlake is known for public schools, Southlake Town Square, its wealth, Gateway Church and Carroll High School’s 8-time state champion Football and Men’s Swim & Dive team.

2. Bellaire

Bellaire, TX

Source: Public domain

Population: 18,140
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 58
Closest Major City: Houston
Households with kids: 43.0%
More on Bellaire: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Bellaire is a city in southwest Harris County, Texas, United States, within the Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown metropolitan area. As of the 2010 U.S. Census, the city population was 16,855 and is surrounded by the cities of Houston and West University Place.

3. Sachse

Sachse, TX

Population: 23,329
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 39
Closest Major City: Garland
Households with kids: 48.6%
More on Sachse: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Sachse is a city in Collin and Dallas counties in the U.S. state of Texas and is part of the DFW Metroplex. A northeastern suburb of Dallas, the city population was 20,329, as of the 2010 census. Sachse is located right off Texas State Highway 78 and is approximately 1 mile north of the President George Bush Turnpike and Firewheel Town Center.

4. Prosper

Prosper, TX

Population: 15,236
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 31
Closest Major City: Plano
Households with kids: 55.7%
More on Prosper: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

5. Midlothian

Midlothian, TX

Source: Public domain

Population: 21,530
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 38
Closest Major City: Arlington
Households with kids: 46.8%
More on Midlothian: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Midlothian is a city in northwest Ellis County, Texas, United States. The city is 25 miles southwest of Dallas. It is the hub for the cement industry in North Texas as it is the home to three separate cement production facilities, as well as a steel mill. The population of Midlothian grew by 121% between 2000 and 2010, to a population of 18,037.

6. Crowley

Crowley, TX

Population: 14,453
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 37
Closest Major City: Fort Worth
Households with kids: 40.7%
More on Crowley: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Crowley is a city located mainly in Tarrant County in the U.S. state of Texas. A tiny portion of the city extends into Johnson County. The population was 12,838 at the 2010 census.

7. Mansfield

Mansfield, TX

Population: 63,141
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 37
Closest Major City: Arlington
Households with kids: 46.6%
More on Mansfield: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Mansfield is a suburban city located mostly in Tarrant county, with small parts in Ellis and Johnson counties in the U.S. state of Texas. It is part of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex area. Its location is almost equidistant to Dallas, Fort Worth, and Arlington. As of the 2010 census, the population was 56,368, up from 28,031 in 2000. The estimated population in 2014 was 62,246.

8. Canyon

Canyon, TX

Population: 14,533
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 40
Closest Major City: Lubbock
Households with kids: 32.9%
More on Canyon: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Canyon is a city in, and the county seat of, Randall County, Texas, United States. The population was 13,303 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Amarillo, Texas Metropolitan Statistical Area. Canyon is the home of West Texas A&M University and Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, and the world-famous outdoor musical drama Texas.

9. Wylie

Wylie, TX

Population: 45,655
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 37
Closest Major City: Garland
Households with kids: 53.7%
More on Wylie: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Not to be confused with the unincorporated area of Wylie, Taylor County, Texas, in the city limits of Abilene.

10. Hutto

Hutto, TX

Population: 21,241
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 33
Closest Major City: Austin
Households with kids: 57.1%
More on Hutto: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Hutto is a city in Williamson County, Texas, United States. It is part of the Austin-Round Rock metropolitan area. The population was 14,698 at the 2010 census.

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. Addison
  3. Stafford

For more Texas reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Places For Families In Texas

Rank City Population Amenities Score
1 Southlake 29,101 47
2 Bellaire 18,140 42
3 Sachse 23,329 47
4 Prosper 15,236 45
5 Midlothian 21,530 49
6 Crowley 14,453 60
7 Mansfield 63,141 49
8 Canyon 14,533 37
9 Wylie 45,655 59
10 Hutto 21,241 59
11 Portland 16,144 59
12 Little Elm 35,553 57
13 Saginaw 21,680 38
14 Colleyville 24,982 47
15 Keller 44,250 51
16 Allen 94,710 39
17 Frisco 145,646 61
18 Rockwall 41,672 59
19 Friendswood 38,272 34
20 Coppell 40,631 45
21 Flower Mound 69,966 53
22 Gatesville 12,538 60
23 Buda 11,936 34
24 Murphy 20,015 53
25 Leander 36,204 34
26 Waxahachie 32,536 40
27 Mckinney 156,821 47
28 Azle 11,054 33
29 Brenham 16,535 52
30 Richmond 11,939 60
31 Weatherford 28,284 34
32 Fredericksburg 10,997 43
33 Watauga 24,322 53
34 Stephenville 19,561 62
35 Cedar Park 63,551 58
36 Athens 12,796 45
37 Seagoville 15,701 56
38 The Colony 40,757 40
39 University Park 24,346 31
40 Lockhart 13,222 49
41 Rowlett 59,203 41
42 Schertz 37,597 45
43 Trophy Club 10,987 41
44 Snyder 11,541 60
45 Benbrook 22,403 44
46 Georgetown 59,436 61
47 Angleton 19,245 69
48 Taylor 16,492 63
49 Kerrville 22,926 55
50 Socorro 32,988 43
51 Cibolo 25,256 39
52 West University Place 15,318 48
53 Cedar Hill 47,457 43
54 Lancaster 38,426 41
55 Anna 10,335 42
56 Boerne 13,066 41
57 Conroe 74,482 42
58 Uvalde 16,353 60
59 Carrollton 129,266 56
60 Kyle 34,080 38
61 Laredo 251,671 50
62 Dumas 14,963 57
63 Belton 20,138 42
64 Kilgore 14,658 44
65 Forney 16,842 44
66 El Paso 678,058 85
67 Denison 23,080 65
68 Hidalgo 13,449 46
69 Farmers Branch 32,211 50
70 Kingsville 26,177 61
71 Richardson 108,350 60
72 Gainesville 16,169 34
73 Plano 279,088 66
74 Terrell 16,626 46
75 Borger 13,001 41
76 Santa Fe 12,839 49
77 Red Oak 11,663 33
78 Cleburne 29,759 57
79 Corinth 20,764 50
80 Eagle Pass 28,209 34
81 Brownwood 19,081 45
82 Burleson 41,962 38
83 Grapevine 50,538 63
84 Corsicana 23,923 48
85 Galena Park 11,119 34
86 Dickinson 19,583 36
87 Denton 128,421 58
88 Irving 232,013 63
89 New Braunfels 67,097 56
90 Deer Park 33,517 34
91 Forest Hill 12,774 55
92 Pflugerville 55,712 55
93 North Richland Hills 67,994 41
94 Sherman 40,112 39
95 Pearland 106,238 33
96 Round Rock 112,767 60
97 Converse 21,169 37
98 Pasadena 153,286 45
99 White Settlement 16,886 31
100 Mesquite 143,771 50

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