These Are The 10 Best Counties To Live In Texas For 2018


Using science and data, we can tell you which counties in Texas have the most for people looking to make the move to Texas.

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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:

  1. Carson County (Photos)
  2. Randall County (Photos)
  3. Rockwall County (Photos)
  4. Kendall County (Photos)
  5. Scurry County (Photos)
  6. Williamson County (Photos)
  7. Jackson County (Photos)
  8. Comal County (Photos)
  9. Crane County (Photos)
  10. 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.

Or, check out the best places to live in Texas and the best places to raise a family in Texas.

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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.

With that in mind, we went to two of the best sources of data on the internet; the American Community Survey data and FBI Crime data for the most recent time period.

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.

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1. Carson County

Panhandle, TX

Biggest Place: Panhandle
Population: 6,027
Median Income: $64,554 (15th best)
Median Home Price: $99,200 (4th best)
Unemployment Rate: 2.2% (5th best)
More on Carson County: PhotosData

2. Randall County

Amarillo, TX

Biggest Place: Amarillo
Population: 128,603
Median Income: $62,635 (20th best)
Median Home Price: $151,800 (142nd best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.5% (13th best)
More on Randall County: PhotosData

3. Rockwall County

Dallas, TX

Biggest Place: Dallas
Population: 88,010
Median Income: $89,161 (2nd best)
Median Home Price: $206,700 (123rd best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.4% (66th best)
More on Rockwall County: PhotosData

4. Kendall County

Boerne, TX

Source: Public domain

Biggest Place: Boerne
Population: 39,010
Median Income: $76,350 (5th best)
Median Home Price: $285,900 (115th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.7% (39th best)
More on Kendall County: PhotosData

5. Scurry County

Snyder, TX

Biggest Place: Snyder
Population: 17,314
Median Income: $55,661 (38th best)
Median Home Price: $89,400 (28th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.3% (29th best)
More on Scurry County: PhotosData

6. Williamson County

Austin, TX

Biggest Place: Austin
Population: 490,619
Median Income: $75,935 (6th best)
Median Home Price: $209,400 (122nd best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.3% (62nd best)
More on Williamson County: PhotosData

7. Jackson County

Edna, TX

Biggest Place: Edna
Population: 14,678
Median Income: $56,601 (32nd best)
Median Home Price: $89,900 (26th best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.1% (52nd best)
More on Jackson County: PhotosData

8. Comal County

New Braunfels, TX

Biggest Place: San Antonio
Population: 124,234
Median Income: $69,666 (11th best)
Median Home Price: $227,000 (119th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.5% (32nd best)
More on Comal County: PhotosData

9. Crane County

Crane, TX

Biggest Place: Crane
Population: 4,823
Median Income: $60,133 (24th best)
Median Home Price: $77,800 (65th best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.3% (9th best)
More on Crane County: PhotosData

10. Gillespie County

Fredericksburg, TX

Biggest Place: Fredericksburg
Population: 25,732
Median Income: $55,850 (36th best)
Median Home Price: $254,500 (116th best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.9% (81st best)
More on Gillespie County: PhotosData

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:

  1. Starr County
  2. Cameron County
  3. Hidalgo County

For more Texas reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Counties In Texas

County Rank Population Median Income Median Home Price
Carson County 1 6,027 $64,554 $99,200
Randall County 2 128,603 $62,635 $151,800
Rockwall County 3 88,010 $89,161 $206,700
Kendall County 4 39,010 $76,350 $285,900
Scurry County 5 17,314 $55,661 $89,400
Williamson County 6 490,619 $75,935 $209,400
Jackson County 7 14,678 $56,601 $89,900
Comal County 8 124,234 $69,666 $227,000
Crane County 9 4,823 $60,133 $77,800
Gillespie County 10 25,732 $55,850 $254,500
Lavaca County 11 19,654 $47,753 $131,000
Denton County 12 754,650 $76,678 $212,200
Collin County 13 886,633 $86,188 $240,700
Blanco County 14 10,918 $56,573 $192,000
Burleson County 15 17,417 $52,513 $98,500
Foard County 16 1,320 $48,068 $48,600
Hood County 17 54,217 $58,315 $162,600
Parker County 18 123,601 $67,979 $170,100
Sutton County 19 3,936 $54,567 $92,100
Young County 20 18,275 $46,978 $86,300
Guadalupe County 21 147,313 $64,599 $169,200
Ellis County 22 160,225 $64,382 $150,300
Baylor County 23 3,639 $34,382 $72,600
Hardin County 24 55,624 $54,352 $105,100
Sherman County 25 3,069 $52,969 $82,900
Montgomery County 26 518,849 $70,805 $190,000
Washington County 27 34,544 $52,718 $156,000
Wilson County 28 46,444 $68,737 $162,300
Tyler County 29 21,371 $45,427 $81,800
Bosque County 30 17,953 $45,419 $95,000
Colorado County 31 20,792 $45,398 $106,200
Brazoria County 32 338,419 $72,006 $157,100
Fannin County 33 33,757 $45,471 $94,500
Fort Bend County 34 683,756 $91,152 $217,600
Panola County 35 23,771 $50,712 $92,900
Fayette County 36 24,909 $51,290 $154,700
Brown County 37 37,935 $43,235 $91,000
Ward County 38 11,396 $56,796 $82,000
Moore County 39 22,186 $50,552 $98,200
Coryell County 40 75,710 $49,275 $103,400
Parmer County 41 9,921 $48,589 $83,600
Travis County 42 1,148,176 $64,422 $253,600
Hansford County 43 5,552 $41,335 $89,400
Wheeler County 44 5,642 $51,082 $86,300
Hutchinson County 45 21,782 $50,114 $72,800
Burnet County 46 44,584 $54,259 $163,800
Austin County 47 29,107 $56,681 $164,300
Hays County 48 185,686 $60,495 $195,800
Live Oak County 49 11,976 $50,741 $84,900
Callahan County 50 13,596 $40,568 $73,200
Knox County 51 3,807 $42,188 $43,300
Jack County 52 8,866 $50,390 $77,700
Wichita County 53 132,148 $45,371 $91,700
Taylor County 54 135,234 $47,044 $107,600
Chambers County 55 38,072 $70,396 $158,700
Andrews County 56 17,215 $70,121 $122,000
San Saba County 57 5,881 $40,718 $80,500
Brewster County 58 9,188 $38,440 $117,500
Hopkins County 59 35,844 $45,748 $96,300
Lee County 60 16,754 $54,346 $127,000
Johnson County 61 157,544 $59,095 $124,500
Winkler County 62 7,723 $54,261 $49,700
Pecos County 63 15,826 $51,735 $69,800
Galveston County 64 314,485 $63,064 $161,100
Freestone County 65 19,585 $45,134 $82,500
Robertson County 66 16,537 $49,142 $99,900
Wood County 67 43,198 $47,814 $113,800
Wise County 68 62,089 $56,396 $132,700
Medina County 69 47,920 $58,333 $126,000
Martin County 70 5,451 $63,992 $108,900
Bell County 71 330,859 $51,529 $130,900
Runnels County 72 10,411 $41,339 $75,600
San Patricio County 73 66,706 $52,659 $97,800
Upshur County 74 40,295 $47,724 $96,500
Tarrant County 75 1,947,529 $60,373 $148,100
Tom Green County 76 116,264 $47,637 $116,500
Cooke County 77 38,878 $56,269 $134,000
Atascosa County 78 47,710 $53,181 $93,000
Mcculloch County 79 8,242 $40,784 $75,800
Refugio County 80 7,315 $50,145 $77,100
Deaf Smith County 81 19,039 $47,219 $87,400
Jones County 82 19,944 $47,007 $73,200
Van Zandt County 83 53,070 $46,555 $105,900
Dewitt County 84 20,660 $50,582 $104,300
Hardeman County 85 3,952 $35,156 $38,400
Grayson County 86 124,231 $50,212 $110,000
Kerr County 87 50,505 $44,261 $162,600
Leon County 88 16,923 $47,441 $99,600
Montague County 89 19,384 $46,383 $93,000
Orange County 90 83,751 $51,443 $101,500
Karnes County 91 14,984 $46,058 $90,000
Coleman County 92 8,476 $42,049 $63,800
Walker County 93 69,926 $40,090 $123,600
Erath County 94 40,641 $42,492 $127,100
Anderson County 95 57,772 $42,146 $85,800
Red River County 96 12,455 $35,016 $62,700
Gaines County 97 19,485 $58,788 $102,400
Kaufman County 98 111,830 $60,179 $141,500
Henderson County 99 79,213 $43,434 $94,100
Howard County 100 36,423 $50,977 $81,800

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