Best Dallas Suburbs To Live For 2020

We analyzed over 76 places around Dallas to identify the most in demand places to live.

Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the best Dallas suburbs.

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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...

What's the best suburb of Dallas? Highland Park ranks as the best suburb of Dallas for 2020 based on the most recent Census and FBI data. If you happen to be a resident of Highland 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.

Note: This result may differ from our state wide data as we did not include commute times and crime for this analysis to allow for a larger selection of suburbs.
Or feel free to check out some more reading about Texas:

The 10 Best Dallas Suburbs To Live For 2020

Highland Park, TX

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Population: 9,145
Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Median Income: $207,019
Unemployment Rate: 2.3%
Poverty Rate: 2.7%
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Highland Park is always mentioned as one of the best suburbs in the Dallas area. We'll tell you the good about "Awesome Highland Park."

Everyone here is rich; families average $207,019 a year, which is the 3rd highest in the Dallas region. And only 2.29% are out of work. Homes average more than $1,440,400 each.

University Park, TX

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Population: 24,954
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
Median Income: $214,477
Unemployment Rate: 3.4%
Poverty Rate: 4.3%
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University Park is the second best 'burb we looked at near Dallas for 2020.

It ranks 2nd for incomes in the area and only 2.4% of residents lack insurance, good for 2nd best.

Southlake, TX

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Population: 30,840
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Median Income: $230,700
Unemployment Rate: 3.0%
Poverty Rate: 2.2%
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Here in Southlake, it's really safe, and residents are just about as rich as you'll see in the Dallas metro area.

The bad side? Schools are more crowded, and the cost of living puts a large part of the city out of reach for most families.

But price is based on demand and a lot of people want to live in Southlake.

Colleyville, TX

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Population: 26,037
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1)
Median Income: $175,369
Unemployment Rate: 3.2%
Poverty Rate: 3.2%
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Colleyville ranks as the 4th best suburb of Dallas for 2020.

You won't find many better places to raise your kids in the region than in Colleyville and the schools are some of the best around.

Trophy Club, TX

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Population: 11,790
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 2)
Median Income: $142,483
Unemployment Rate: 2.5%
Poverty Rate: 2.4%
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Coming in as the fifth best is Trophy Club.

Trophy Club gets kudos for having the 12th most expensive homes in the Dallas area, where houses sell for an average of $376,800. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

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Population: 18,362
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Median Income: $133,768
Unemployment Rate: 4.0%
Poverty Rate: 2.6%
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Highland is proud of its 6th place finish on this list. And here's why.

Most residents have great jobs and the unemployment rate sits at 3.99% which is 32nd best in the area.

According to online reports, Highland is quickly becoming one of the more affluent suburbs in the Dallas area, meaning you need to get in soon.

Coppell, TX

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Population: 41,512
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 1)
Median Income: $123,802
Unemployment Rate: 2.5%
Poverty Rate: 3.2%
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The 7th best suburb on our list goes to Coppell.

Coppell schools are some of the best in the region, and crime is really low. The cost of living makes it a lot more desirable for many families, especially first-time home buyers.

And, it's only 17.5 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

Flower Mound, TX

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Population: 73,252
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 1)
Median Income: $134,184
Unemployment Rate: 3.7%
Poverty Rate: 2.9%
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Flower Mound is growing quickly, and for a good reason. Crime is far below average, and most residents are gainfully employed. Even the cost of living is reasonable.

A solid 4.73% of people lack insurance, good for 8th in the area.

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Population: 3,065
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 1)
Median Income: $151,958
Unemployment Rate: 3.9%
Poverty Rate: 4.1%
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It placed 9th on our list thanks to the fact that it's really expensive to live here, but the schools are great, so you get what you pay for in that regard.

Keller, TX

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Population: 46,175
Rank Last Year: 9 (Down 1)
Median Income: $133,266
Unemployment Rate: 3.1%
Poverty Rate: 3.3%
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And rounding out the top ten for 2020 is Keller.

This city is far above average in every category, and the best part? It's far more affordable than the other cities listed above. So, you get a big bang for your buck here.

How We Determined The Best Suburbs Around Dallas for 2020

Figuring out the best suburbs 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
  • Low poverty
  • High rate of insured families

Then we used the newest American Community Survey data for 2014-2018 to research each suburb.

FYI: We defined a suburb as being within 30 miles of Dallas.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have over 2,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 75 suburbs to evaluate around Dallas.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 75 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, Highland Park. You can download the data here.

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.

Welcome to the Best Dallas 'Burbs of 2020

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.

For more Texas reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Dallas Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income
1 Highland Park, TX 9,145 $207,019
2 University Park, TX 24,954 $214,477
3 Southlake, TX 30,840 $230,700
4 Colleyville, TX 26,037 $175,369
5 Trophy Club, TX 11,790 $142,483
6 Highland, TX 18,362 $133,768
7 Coppell, TX 41,512 $123,802
8 Flower Mound, TX 73,252 $134,184
9 Double Oak, TX 3,065 $151,958
10 Keller, TX 46,175 $133,266
11 Frisco, TX 165,700 $127,133
12 Mclendon-Chisholm, TX 2,589 $131,964
13 Fate, TX 11,705 $108,237
14 Fairview, TX 8,665 $92,159
15 Talty, TX 2,302 $126,078
16 Allen, TX 99,255 $106,736
17 Ovilla, TX 3,800 $99,103
18 Sunnyvale, TX 6,284 $137,969
19 Lucas, TX 7,217 $173,750
20 Lavon, TX 3,061 $86,583
21 Murphy, TX 20,528 $132,589
22 Heath, TX 8,410 $155,488
23 Plano, TX 284,579 $92,121
24 Mansfield, TX 67,492 $96,253
25 Bedford, TX 49,306 $66,636
26 Dalworthington Gardens, TX 2,456 $114,375
27 Oak Point, TX 3,878 $86,162
28 Sachse, TX 25,133 $101,253
29 The Colony, TX 42,215 $83,094
30 Mckinney, TX 173,460 $89,964
31 Hickory Creek, TX 4,442 $107,731
32 Rockwall, TX 43,157 $92,269
33 Shady Shores, TX 2,828 $106,719
34 Richardson, TX 114,402 $80,953
35 Grapevine, TX 52,486 $85,722
36 Addison, TX 15,626 $73,383
37 Rowlett, TX 62,127 $96,286
38 Pantego, TX 2,532 $61,492
39 Wylie, TX 49,248 $93,637
40 Midlothian, TX 23,908 $83,378
41 Little Elm, TX 42,889 $95,377
42 Parker, TX 4,534 $137,714
43 Carrollton, TX 133,438 $75,820
44 North Richland Hills, TX 69,800 $68,146
45 Farmers Branch, TX 35,552 $71,032
46 Euless, TX 55,047 $63,327
47 Desoto, TX 53,030 $68,954
48 Forney, TX 19,366 $92,851
49 Richland Hills, TX 8,052 $61,431
50 Lewisville, TX 104,789 $63,056
51 Watauga, TX 24,526 $70,800
52 Crandall, TX 3,491 $81,000
53 Lakewood, TX 59,606 $50,175
54 Red Oak, TX 12,366 $68,570
55 Kennedale, TX 7,998 $75,000
56 Hurst, TX 38,986 $61,509
57 Lake Dallas, TX 7,832 $67,908
58 Cedar Hill, TX 48,704 $70,327
59 Arlington, TX 392,462 $58,502
60 Irving, TX 238,637 $61,937
61 Grand Prairie, TX 191,104 $65,249
62 Waxahachie, TX 34,285 $62,986
63 Palmer, TX 2,053 $54,800
64 Duncanville, TX 39,630 $55,224
65 Garland, TX 237,982 $58,999
66 Mesquite, TX 144,250 $56,074
67 Cockrell Hill, TX 4,268 $44,861
68 Glenn Heights, TX 12,581 $65,051
69 Ferris, TX 2,612 $58,477
70 Lancaster, TX 39,162 $53,311
71 Wilmer, TX 4,185 $41,125
72 Balch Springs, TX 25,312 $48,295
73 Seagoville, TX 16,357 $48,341
74 Terrell, TX 17,378 $44,563
75 Hutchins, TX 5,726 $38,242

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About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.