These Are The 10 Best Dallas Suburbs


We analyzed over 68 places around Dallas to identify the most kickass place to live.

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Big city living isn’t for everyone–but at the same time, urban areas certainly have their perks.

There’s the culture, the food, the arts, the food, the energy, and you know, the food. But there are drawbacks. There’s traffic, expensive parking, expensive housing–pretty much, expensive everything, depending on which big city you’re looking at.

But that’s where the suburbs come in–they have all of the benefits of being near big cities, without actually having to be big cities.

Of course, not all suburbs of Dallas are created equally, which is precisely why we set out to find the best ones. So without further ado, here are the 10 best suburbs around Dallas:

  1. University Park (Photos)
  2. Trophy Club (Photos)
  3. Murphy (Photos)
  4. Colleyville (Photos)
  5. Southlake (Photos)
  6. Addison (Photos)
  7. Keller (Photos)
  8. Allen (Photos)
  9. Plano (Photos)
  10. Highland Park (Photos)

If you happen to be a resident of University Park, you’re probably not too surprised to find it on the top our list.

We’ll tell you what makes each of these 10 Dallas ‘burbs better than the rest–but first, a bit about our methodology.

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How We Determined The Best Suburbs Around Dallas

Figuring out the best ‘burbs around Dallas was pretty simple; we just needed to list several things that people like, and then find out which cities have the most of those things.

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible:

  • Low unemployment rate
  • High Median household incomes
  • Population density (lots of things to do)
  • High home values
  • A lot of college educated people

Then we used the 2010-2014 American Community Survey to research each suburb. FYI: We defined a suburb based on the Census’s designation of being part of an “Urban Cluster,” but not the main city of said urbanized area. For example, the Census considers all of these places to be part of the Dallas–Fort Worth–Arlington, Tx Urbanized Area.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to non-CDPs that have over 5,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 68 suburbs to evaluate around Dallas.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 68 in each category, where 1 was the “best.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each place to create a quality of life index.

And finally, we crowned the city with the best quality of life index the “Best Suburb near Dallas.” We’re lookin’ at you, University Park.

Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in the best of the best. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the suburbs ranked from best to worst.

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1. University Park

University Park, Texas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 23,761
Unemployment Rate: 5.8%
Median Home Price: $983,800
Median Income: $176,836

2. Trophy Club

Trophy Club, Texas

Source: Flickr

Population: 9,451
Unemployment Rate: 2.6%
Median Home Price: $292,600
Median Income: $127,391

3. Murphy

Murphy, Texas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 19,154
Unemployment Rate: 5.1%
Median Home Price: $273,900
Median Income: $121,360

4. Colleyville

Colleyville, Texas

Source: Flickr

Population: 23,928
Unemployment Rate: 4.8%
Median Home Price: $415,100
Median Income: $151,169

5. Southlake

Southlake, Texas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 27,755
Unemployment Rate: 4.8%
Median Home Price: $530,300
Median Income: $170,742

6. Addison

Addison, Texas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 14,594
Unemployment Rate: 3.7%
Median Home Price: $273,000
Median Income: $60,456

7. Keller

Keller, Texas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 41,913
Unemployment Rate: 4.9%
Median Home Price: $285,200
Median Income: $114,266

8. Allen

Allen, Texas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 89,845
Unemployment Rate: 5.2%
Median Home Price: $207,400
Median Income: $102,120

9. Plano

Plano, Texas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 271,166
Unemployment Rate: 5.9%
Median Home Price: $222,800
Median Income: $82,944

10. Highland Park

Highland Park, Texas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,796
Unemployment Rate: 7.1%
Median Home Price: $1,000,001
Median Income: $192,946

Welcome to the ‘Burbs

We said it once and we’ll say it again–life in the big city isn’t for everyone. At least not all the time.

So if you’re hankering for some of the amenities of a larger city like Dallas, but don’t want to deal with the drawbacks, one of these suburbs might just be for you.
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Detailed List Of The Best Burbs To Live Around Dallas

City Rank Population Unemployment Rate Median Home Price Median Income
University Park 1 23,761 5.8% $983,800 $176,836
Trophy Club 2 9,451 2.6% $292,600 $127,391
Murphy 3 19,154 5.1% $273,900 $121,360
Colleyville 4 23,928 4.8% $415,100 $151,169
Southlake 5 27,755 4.8% $530,300 $170,742
Addison 6 14,594 3.7% $273,000 $60,456
Keller 7 41,913 4.9% $285,200 $114,266
Allen 8 89,845 5.2% $207,400 $102,120
Plano 9 271,166 5.9% $222,800 $82,944
Highland Park 10 8,796 7.1% $1,000,001 $192,946
Richardson 11 103,752 7.5% $190,400 $70,959
Sunnyvale 12 5,480 5.7% $305,100 $100,517
Mansfield 13 59,757 5.3% $182,700 $89,774
Kennedale 14 7,093 2.9% $158,800 $75,278
Frisco 15 130,499 4.9% $261,900 $112,155
Mckinney 16 144,066 4.0% $192,900 $82,988
Rowlett 17 57,532 7.7% $159,400 $83,442
Bedford 18 48,104 6.1% $161,700 $60,373
Prosper 19 12,503 3.8% $343,100 $111,641
Little Elm 20 30,213 6.9% $159,200 $81,866
North Richland Hills 21 65,835 6.2% $151,300 $62,927
Carrollton 22 124,501 5.6% $168,600 $69,282
Sachse 23 21,790 5.7% $181,700 $91,543
Rockwall 24 39,948 5.6% $188,500 $86,627
Heath 25 7,620 10.8% $377,300 $152,379
Wylie 26 43,531 6.4% $154,600 $83,594
Red Oak 27 11,149 4.2% $140,900 $67,132
Grapevine 28 48,671 4.3% $233,200 $75,931
Fate 29 7,643 6.5% $175,400 $89,505
The Colony 30 38,690 7.7% $144,500 $71,425
Hurst 31 38,140 7.7% $139,600 $53,488
Benbrook 32 21,898 5.0% $136,800 $64,553
Farmers Branch 33 30,261 7.7% $144,700 $58,666
Saginaw 34 20,840 7.8% $122,800 $74,521
Burleson 35 39,335 6.5% $126,300 $69,088
Watauga 36 23,999 7.7% $104,300 $61,716
Lewisville 37 99,039 5.9% $156,100 $58,559
Midlothian 38 19,590 6.9% $150,200 $72,126
Duncanville 39 39,315 7.4% $113,800 $55,100
Fairview 40 7,882 7.1% $291,000 $74,285
Euless 41 52,649 8.0% $146,600 $54,619
Lucas 42 5,928 9.6% $476,700 $119,968
Roanoke 43 6,488 1.9% $144,100 $61,010
Cedar Hill 44 46,414 7.7% $130,700 $67,913
Arlington 45 375,305 8.8% $129,800 $53,055
Everman 46 6,213 10.4% $70,700 $37,212
Crowley 47 13,762 6.4% $113,100 $64,836
Mesquite 48 142,552 7.6% $108,900 $49,837
Irving 49 224,859 7.5% $138,900 $50,942
Azle 50 10,744 4.4% $113,900 $54,171
Garland 51 232,305 9.8% $115,800 $51,997
Desoto 52 50,837 10.1% $142,300 $56,911
Joshua 53 5,935 4.2% $141,000 $52,094
Grand Prairie 54 181,135 8.7% $124,600 $55,336
Glenn Heights 55 11,671 8.1% $126,500 $61,983
White Settlement 56 16,571 6.9% $73,500 $39,747
Dallas 57 1,240,985 8.9% $130,900 $43,359
Richland Hills 58 7,933 9.8% $99,700 $51,347
Seagoville 59 15,379 5.6% $84,000 $43,713
Waxahachie 60 31,045 7.9% $130,900 $53,336
Haltom City 61 43,259 8.4% $86,700 $43,792
Fort Worth 62 778,573 8.6% $122,100 $52,492
Royse City 63 9,755 7.6% $134,000 $66,619
River Oaks 64 7,575 9.3% $83,800 $42,622
Forest Hill 65 12,612 11.1% $76,900 $43,949
Hutchins 66 5,410 11.3% $73,300 $36,866
Balch Springs 67 24,693 8.9% $82,500 $39,874
Lancaster 68 37,731 10.3% $100,600 $49,590

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