These Are The 10 Best Dallas Suburbs For 2018


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 for 2018:

  1. University Park (Photos | Homes)
  2. Trophy Club (Photos | Homes)
  3. Colleyville (Photos | Homes)
  4. Southlake (Photos | Homes)
  5. Highland Park (Photos | Homes)
  6. Highland (Homes)
  7. Coppell (Photos | Homes)
  8. Keller (Photos | Homes)
  9. Double Oak (Homes)
  10. Flower Mound (Photos | Homes)

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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Editor’s Note: If you see a slight difference between the best in state rankings and this suburb ranking, it’s because of the methodology. We needed a way to include more places, so we eliminated crime and commute times as criteria for this analysis.

How We Determined The Best Suburbs Around Dallas for 2018

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
  • Low poverty
  • High rate of insured families

Then we used the newest American Community Survey data (2012-2016) 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 76 suburbs to evaluate around Dallas.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 76 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.

1. University Park

University Park, Texas

Population: 24,346
Unemployment Rate: 3.6%
Median Home Price: $1,102,500
Median Income: $198,438
More on University Park: Real Estate | Data
University Park is always mentioned as one of the best suburbs in the Dallas area. We’ll tell you the good about ‘Awesome University Park.’

Everyone here is rich; families average $198,438 a year, which is the 1st highest in the Dallas region. And only 3.6% are out of work. Homes average more than $1,102,500 each.

2. Trophy Club

Trophy Club, Texas

Population: 10,987
Unemployment Rate: 2.0%
Median Home Price: $328,800
Median Income: $133,457
More on Trophy Club: Real Estate | Data
Trophy Club is the second best ‘burb we looked at near Dallas for 2018.

It ranks 8th for incomes in the area and only 4.9% of residents lack insurance, good for 8th best.

3. Colleyville

Colleyville, Texas

Population: 24,982
Unemployment Rate: 3.2%
Median Home Price: $432,600
Median Income: $162,183
More on Colleyville: Real Estate | Data
Here in Colleyville, 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 Colleyville.

4. Southlake

Southlake, Texas

Population: 29,101
Unemployment Rate: 3.3%
Median Home Price: $586,400
Median Income: $189,432
More on Southlake: Real Estate | Data
Southlake ranks as the 4th best suburb of Dallas for 2018.

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

5. Highland Park

Highland Park, Texas

Population: 8,986
Unemployment Rate: 5.4%
Median Home Price: $1,253,600
Median Income: $189,485
More on Highland Park: Real Estate | Data
Coming in as the fifth best is Highland Park.

Highland Park gets kudos for having the 1st most expensive homes in the Dallas area, where houses sell for an average of $1,253,600. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

6. Highland


Population: 17,544
Unemployment Rate: 5.0%
Median Home Price: $461,500
Median Income: $122,666
More on Highland: Real Estate
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 5.0% which is 34th 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.

7. Coppell

Coppell, Texas

Population: 40,631
Unemployment Rate: 3.0%
Median Home Price: $317,900
Median Income: $114,839
More on Coppell: Real Estate | Data
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.

8. Keller

Keller, Texas

Population: 44,250
Unemployment Rate: 3.5%
Median Home Price: $311,700
Median Income: $122,292
More on Keller: Real Estate | Data
Keller 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 5.8% of people lack insurance, good for 12th in the area.

9. Double Oak


Population: 3,028
Unemployment Rate: 3.9%
Median Home Price: $400,200
Median Income: $138,482
More on Double Oak: Real Estate | Data
Is ‘Everything Better In Double Oak?’

Almost.

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.

10. Flower Mound

Flower Mound, Texas

Population: 69,966
Unemployment Rate: 4.0%
Median Home Price: $292,600
Median Income: $123,492
More on Flower Mound: Real Estate | Data
And rounding out the top ten for 2018 is Flower Mound.

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.

Welcome to the Best Dallas ‘Burbs of 2018

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 Dallas Suburbs

Rank City Population Unemployment Rate Median Home Price Median Income
1 University Park 24,346 3.6% $1,102,500 $198,438
2 Trophy Club 10,987 2.0% $328,800 $133,457
3 Colleyville 24,982 3.2% $432,600 $162,183
4 Southlake 29,101 3.3% $586,400 $189,432
5 Highland Park 8,986 5.4% $1,253,600 $189,485
6 Highland 17,544 5.0% $461,500 $122,666
7 Coppell 40,631 3.0% $317,900 $114,839
8 Keller 44,250 3.5% $311,700 $122,292
9 Double Oak 3,028 3.9% $400,200 $138,482
10 Flower Mound 69,966 4.0% $292,600 $123,492
11 Heath 7,992 5.8% $407,000 $150,319
12 Frisco 145,646 3.9% $300,900 $117,642
13 Murphy 20,015 5.2% $304,100 $118,843
14 Fate 9,234 3.5% $195,500 $99,667
15 Mclendon-Chisholm 2,005 2.2% $345,800 $111,607
16 Allen 94,710 4.3% $234,600 $102,215
17 Dalworthington Gardens 2,233 5.2% $355,600 $129,750
18 Ovilla 3,639 0.9% $199,500 $90,168
19 Lavon 2,663 1.9% $182,700 $75,185
20 Fairview 8,235 6.2% $331,900 $73,339
21 Sachse 23,329 3.6% $184,200 $93,270
22 Mansfield 63,141 4.0% $204,800 $90,216
23 Plano 279,088 4.8% $248,800 $85,085
24 Parker 4,241 4.8% $485,300 $133,494
25 Oak Point 3,271 2.7% $179,400 $89,543
26 Mckinney 156,821 3.5% $228,500 $83,257
27 Shady Shores 2,805 6.4% $285,000 $101,477
28 Addison 15,363 4.3% $307,300 $70,559
29 Hickory Creek 3,939 4.9% $210,700 $94,000
30 Bedford 48,864 5.2% $169,700 $62,701
31 Sunnyvale 5,871 7.1% $311,400 $126,250
32 Rockwall 41,672 4.7% $205,700 $89,173
33 Wylie 45,655 5.1% $163,500 $82,139
34 Lucas 6,585 10.3% $480,400 $133,419
35 Grapevine 50,538 3.3% $258,400 $81,571
36 Richardson 108,350 5.6% $209,500 $74,877
37 Little Elm 35,553 4.9% $177,100 $87,933
38 North Richland Hills 67,994 4.8% $160,200 $63,537
39 Rowlett 59,203 6.7% $168,500 $85,565
40 The Colony 40,757 6.3% $159,400 $73,830
41 Midlothian 21,530 3.5% $162,900 $72,956
42 Forney 16,842 4.8% $160,400 $73,524
43 Carrollton 129,266 4.5% $183,100 $70,072
44 Crandall 3,126 5.3% $119,000 $69,464
45 Pantego 2,497 6.2% $180,700 $60,972
46 Hackberry 2,022 4.0% $171,100 $86,912
47 Watauga 24,322 6.5% $109,500 $65,329
48 Lewisville 102,327 4.9% $161,700 $57,549
49 Lake Dallas 7,575 6.7% $150,800 $68,785
50 Euless 53,675 6.0% $159,400 $58,606
51 Desoto 51,854 6.9% $147,800 $60,350
52 Cedar Hill 47,457 6.6% $139,100 $68,150
53 Kennedale 7,413 5.3% $170,900 $71,875
54 Red Oak 11,663 5.3% $154,000 $70,250
55 Richland Hills 8,033 3.0% $111,000 $50,481
56 Lakewood 59,489 10.8% $218,600 $45,261
57 Hurst 38,690 6.9% $150,600 $55,807
58 Farmers Branch 32,211 5.6% $152,000 $61,255
59 Arlington 383,899 6.4% $137,900 $53,574
60 Irving 232,013 5.9% $147,500 $54,868
61 Duncanville 39,599 7.9% $118,000 $51,545
62 Grand Prairie 185,631 6.7% $132,600 $60,246
63 Waxahachie 32,536 6.0% $135,600 $55,385
64 Garland 234,810 7.8% $121,400 $53,220
65 Glenn Heights 11,958 7.8% $137,200 $58,590
66 Mesquite 143,771 6.7% $112,400 $50,804
67 Palmer 2,268 5.3% $83,000 $49,125
68 Seagoville 15,701 4.3% $83,700 $46,064
69 Lancaster 38,426 8.1% $104,500 $51,382
70 Cockrell Hill 4,301 7.1% $84,200 $41,473
71 Combine 2,008 9.1% $164,000 $70,114
72 Balch Springs 25,043 6.3% $83,000 $41,983
73 Ferris 2,527 6.5% $80,500 $50,150
74 Terrell 16,626 14.0% $92,400 $40,815
75 Hutchins 5,644 6.4% $72,900 $36,845
76 Wilmer 3,903 6.4% $55,300 $37,546

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