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.
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:
- Southlake (Photos)
- Bellaire (Photos)
- Midlothian (Photos)
- Crowley (Photos)
- Mansfield (Photos)
- Canyon (Photos)
- Hutto (Photos)
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.
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.
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 60
Closest Major City: Irving
Households with kids: 51.5%
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.
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 50
Closest Major City: Houston
Households with kids: 43.0%
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.
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 45
Closest Major City: Garland
Households with kids: 48.6%
Sachse (/sæksi/ SAK-see) 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 (1.6 km) north of the President George Bush Turnpike (Texas State Highway 190) and Firewheel Town Center.
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 43
Closest Major City: Plano
Households with kids: 55.7%
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 37
Closest Major City: Arlington
Households with kids: 46.8%
Midlothian is a city in northwest Ellis County, Texas, United States. The city is 25 miles (40 km) 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.
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 40
Closest Major City: Fort Worth
Households with kids: 40.7%
Crowley is a city located mainly in Tarrant County in the U.S. state of Texas. A tiny portion of the city (.01 sq mi) extends into Johnson County. The population was 12,838 at the 2010 census.
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 34
Closest Major City: Arlington
Households with kids: 46.6%
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.
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 58
Closest Major City: Lubbock
Households with kids: 32.9%
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.
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 31
Closest Major City: Garland
Households with kids: 53.7%
Not to be confused with the unincorporated area of Wylie, Taylor County, Texas, in the city limits of Abilene.
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 51
Closest Major City: Austin
Households with kids: 57.1%
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.
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