These Are The 10 Best Houston Suburbs


We analyzed over 28 places around Houston 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 Houston 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 Houston:

  1. West University Place (Photos)
  2. Bellaire (Photos)
  3. Sugar Land (Photos)
  4. Seabrook (Photos)
  5. Friendswood (Photos)
  6. Pearland (Photos)
  7. Manvel (Photos)
  8. League City (Photos)
  9. Missouri City (Photos)
  10. Stafford (Photos)

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

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

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How We Determined The Best Suburbs Around Houston

Figuring out the best ‘burbs around Houston 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 Houston, 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 28 suburbs to evaluate around Houston.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 28 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 Houston.” We’re lookin’ at you, West University Place.

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. West University Place

West University Place, Texas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 15,223
Unemployment Rate: 3.1%
Median Home Price: $815,700
Median Income: $207,429

2. Bellaire

Bellaire, Texas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 17,533
Unemployment Rate: 3.6%
Median Home Price: $646,500
Median Income: $169,663

3. Sugar Land

Sugar Land, Texas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 82,420
Unemployment Rate: 5.3%
Median Home Price: $263,700
Median Income: $105,400

4. Seabrook

Seabrook, Texas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,437
Unemployment Rate: 5.2%
Median Home Price: $194,800
Median Income: $79,308

5. Friendswood

Friendswood, Texas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 37,001
Unemployment Rate: 5.7%
Median Home Price: $228,800
Median Income: $95,120

6. Pearland

Pearland, Texas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 97,427
Unemployment Rate: 4.9%
Median Home Price: $179,600
Median Income: $94,653

7. Manvel

Manvel, Texas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,159
Unemployment Rate: 3.2%
Median Home Price: $155,900
Median Income: $85,081

8. League City

League City, Texas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 88,979
Unemployment Rate: 4.5%
Median Home Price: $182,000
Median Income: $90,972

9. Missouri City

Missouri City, Texas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 69,152
Unemployment Rate: 7.8%
Median Home Price: $156,900
Median Income: $84,662

10. Stafford

Stafford, Texas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 17,990
Unemployment Rate: 5.3%
Median Home Price: $152,500
Median Income: $58,519

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 Houston, 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 Houston

City Rank Population Unemployment Rate Median Home Price Median Income
West University Place 1 15,223 3.1% $815,700 $207,429
Bellaire 2 17,533 3.6% $646,500 $169,663
Sugar Land 3 82,420 5.3% $263,700 $105,400
Seabrook 4 12,437 5.2% $194,800 $79,308
Friendswood 5 37,001 5.7% $228,800 $95,120
Pearland 6 97,427 4.9% $179,600 $94,653
Manvel 7 6,159 3.2% $155,900 $85,081
League City 8 88,979 4.5% $182,000 $90,972
Missouri City 9 69,152 7.8% $156,900 $84,662
Stafford 10 17,990 5.3% $152,500 $58,519
Deer Park 11 32,965 7.1% $133,900 $77,612
Jersey Village 12 7,795 4.5% $199,200 $67,607
Katy 13 15,071 4.5% $155,200 $73,006
La Porte 14 34,473 8.2% $121,600 $67,806
Richmond 15 11,769 6.3% $102,700 $47,110
Dickinson 16 19,135 7.5% $130,600 $67,083
Houston 17 2,167,988 8.9% $125,400 $45,728
Pasadena 18 152,171 10.7% $101,000 $46,585
Baytown 19 74,157 11.7% $94,500 $46,776
Rosenberg 20 32,789 4.9% $114,900 $44,318
Galena Park 21 11,093 9.3% $67,500 $43,586
South Houston 22 17,323 10.1% $78,200 $37,483
Alvin 23 24,938 7.4% $106,100 $45,164
Humble 24 15,402 11.1% $105,500 $42,129
Tomball 25 11,030 6.9% $156,500 $42,070
Jacinto City 26 10,717 24.9% $73,400 $30,484
Webster 27 10,898 8.6% $110,900 $44,107
Texas City 28 45,802 12.2% $95,300 $44,659

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