Some of you might be asking yourself, at this very moment: is Texas a good place?
The answer is unequivocally yes… if you know where to locate the best places to live in Texas.
Lucky for you, we’re here to help you identify the best counties to live in the Lone Star State based on the most recently available data from the Census. And this isn’t our first rodeo — we’ve been helping people find the best places to live in America for years.
So, the question becomes, if you wanted to relocate to the best pat of Texas, where would you go? To answer that we looked at crime, cost of living, and demographic data for all 191 counties in the state.
After the analytic dust settled, we identified the 10 best counties to live in Lone Star State for 2018:
- Carson County (Photos)
- Randall County (Photos)
- Rockwall County (Photos)
- Kendall County (Photos)
- Scurry County (Photos)
- Williamson County (Photos)
- Jackson County (Photos)
- Comal County (Photos)
- Crane County (Photos)
- Gillespie County (Photos)
Carson County is the county to be when it comes to living the good life in Texas. And you might want to avoid Starr County if you can — at least according to the data.
So if you’re thinking of making the move Texas, we’ve got you covered. Keep on reading for a detailed methodology.
How do you determine which Texas county is the best?
To give you the best county in Texas, we have to look at a handful of metrics that signal the quality of a place. To do that, we need to make some assumptions about what’s a ‘best county’ and what isn’t. And, for reference, we are trying to make the kind of argument you’d make at a bar using facts, don’t take this analysis to court.
We paid particular attention to:
- Violent Crime Rates
- Property Crime Rates
- Median Home Values
- Median Income
- Unemployment Rates
- Adult Education Levels
- Health Insurance Coverage
- Poverty Rates
We then ranked each county in Texas across each of the criteria from one to 191, with one being the best.
Taking the average rank across all criteria, we created a quality of life score with the county posting the lowest overall score being the ‘Best County To Live In Texas’.
The result is some of the safest, quiet, and best counties to raise a family in the Lone Star State.
Read on to see why Carson County is the best county, while Starr County is probably in contention for being the worst county in Texas.
8. Comal County
9. Crane County
10. Gillespie County
Biggest Place: Fredericksburg
Median Income: $55,850 (36th best)
Median Home Price: $254,500 (116th best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.9% (81st best)
More on Gillespie County: Photos | Data
There You Have It – The Best Counties In Texas To Call Home For 2018
It turns out living in Texas can vary from one part of the state to the next — who woulda thought?
But now you the know the really good parts and the parts to avoid and that’s why you came here to learn at the end of the day. And for that, you are welcome.
Here’s a look at the worst counties in Texas according to the data:
- Starr County
- Cameron County
- Hidalgo County
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