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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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 for 2019:

  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. Canyon (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Midlothian (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Mansfield (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Wylie (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Little Elm (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Portland (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 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.

Southlake, TX

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 30,090
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 38
Closest Major City: Irving
Households with kids: 50.0%
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.

Bellaire, TX

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 18,479
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 59
Closest Major City: Houston
Households with kids: 39.3%
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.

Sachse, TX

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 24,303
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 46
Closest Major City: Garland
Households with kids: 43.7%
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.

Prosper, TX

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 17,107
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 33
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: 45
Closest Major City: Lubbock
Households with kids: 29.4%
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.

Midlothian, TX

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 22,615
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 57
Closest Major City: Arlington
Households with kids: 43.6%
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.

Mansfield, TX

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 65,033
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 52
Closest Major City: Arlington
Households with kids: 44.0%
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.

Wylie, TX

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 47,855
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 51
Closest Major City: Garland
Households with kids: 49.7%
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.

Little Elm, TX

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 39,471
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 31
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: 54
Closest Major City: Corpus Christi
Households with kids: 39.7%
More on Portland: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Portland is a city in Nueces and San Patricio counties in the U.S. state of Texas. The population was 15,099 at the 2010 census. The current local population estimate is 19,453.

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:

Detailed List Of The Best Places For Families In Texas

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

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