THE 5 BEST Neighborhoods In Arlington, TX For 2020


We used science and data to determine which neighborhoods in Arlington are the best of the best.

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the best neighborhoods to live in Arlington.
Best Neighborhoods In Arlington

Do you like your neighborhood?

Is it friendly, and where everyone knows their neighbors?

No matter if you live in the sticks or in an apartment building in downtown Arlington, you have a little pocket that you can call home. And each neighborhood is different.

Smaller neighborhoods usually have obvious benefits -- less crime, a slower pace of life, and a lower cost of living. But not all Arlington neighborhoods are created equal. Some are better than others. But which ones?

Instead of relying on public opinion and speculation, we wanted to get the facts straight and find out which neighborhoods in Arlington are the best. If you're in one of the places we're about to highlight, odds are you know you've got it made.

Here are the best neighborhoods in Arlington for 2020:

  1. Southwest (Homes)
  2. Southeast (Homes)
  3. Dalworthington Gardens (Homes)
  4. West (Homes)
  5. Pantego (Homes)

So what's the best neighborhood to live in Arlington for 2020? According to the most recent census data, Southwest looks to be the best Arlington neighborhood to live in.

Read on to see how we determined the places around Arlington that deserve a little bragging rights or maybe you're interested in the worst neighborhoods in Arlington.

Once you're done, you can look at the bottom of the story for a complete chart of every neighborhood we looked at from best to worst.

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The 5 Best Neighborhoods To Live In Arlington

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 49,675
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $168,893 (Second best)
Median Income: $79,028 (Second best)
More on Southwest: Homes For Sale | Data

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 90,151
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $126,206 (Sixth best)
Median Income: $70,565 (Third best)
More on Southeast: Homes For Sale | Data

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 2,467
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $268,400 (First best)
Median Income: $81,676 (First best)
More on Dalworthington Gardens: Homes For Sale | Data

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 82,955
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $150,498 (Fourth best)
Median Income: $67,942 (Fourth best)
More on West: Homes For Sale | Data

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 3,418
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $141,386 (Fifth best)
Median Income: $53,531 (Sixth best)
More on Pantego: Homes For Sale | Data

How We Determined The Best Arlington, TX Neighborhoods In 2020

In order to rank the best neighborhoods in Arlington, we had to determine what criteria defines a "best".

Using crime, census, and extrapolated BLS data, we arrived at the following set of criteria:

  • High incomes
  • Low unemployment rates
  • Low crime
  • High home prices
  • High population densities (A proxy for things to do)

We then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 8 in each category, where 1 was the best.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each neighborhood to create a best neighborhood index.

And finally, we crowned the neighborhood with the lowest best neighborhood index the "Best City Neighborhood In Arlington." We're lookin' at you, Southwest.

Read on below to learn more about what it's like to live in the best places Arlington, Texas has to offer. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from best to worst.

Putting A Bow On Our Analysis Of The Best Neighborhoods In Arlington

If you're measuring the neighborhoods in Arlington where crime is low and everyone wants to live, this is an accurate list.

As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Arlington aren't all good. Central takes the title of the worst neighborhood to live in Arlington.

We ranked the neighborhoods from best to worst in the chart below.

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Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods To Live In Arlington For 2020

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Value Median Income
1 Southwest 49,675 $168,893 $79,028
2 Southeast 90,151 $126,206 $70,565
3 Dalworthington Gardens 2,467 $268,400 $81,676
4 West 82,955 $150,498 $67,942
5 Pantego 3,418 $141,386 $53,531
6 North 41,452 $156,077 $54,969
7 East 96,055 $72,300 $41,288
8 Central 23,414 $77,022 $34,670

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.