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 Houston, 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 Houston 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 Houston 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 Houston for 2018:
- West University (Homes)
- Rice (Homes)
- Montrose (Homes)
- Rice Military (Homes)
- Greater Memorial (Homes)
- Galleria-Uptown (Homes)
- River Oaks (Homes)
- Greater Heights (Homes)
- Midtown (Homes)
- Downtown (Homes)
Read on to see how we determined the places around Houston that deserve a little bragging rights or maybe you’re interested in the worst neighborhoods in Houston.
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How do you determine the top neighborhoods in Houston for 2018?
In order to rank the best neighborhoods in Houston, 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 limited the analysis to neighborhoods with over 1,000 people.
We then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 26 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 Houston.’ We’re lookin’ at you, West University.
Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in the best places Houston has to offer. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from best to worst.
1. West University
Median Income: $153,604
Median Home Value: $677,900
West University Place is surrounded by the cities of Bellaire, Houston, and Southside Place.
As of 2011, West University Place has the fifth highest fraction of households with incomes $150,000 or greater.
Median Income: $134,564
Median Home Value: $583,831
Rice Village is a shopping district in Houston, Texas, United States.
Rice Village is a collection of shops, restaurants and pubs, situated about a half-mile west of the center of Rice University’s 300-acre campus. The core ‘Rice Village’ extends over several city blocks, bounded by University Boulevard, Kirby Drive, Tangley Street, Morningside Drive, Rice Boulevard, and Greenbriar Drive, though spillover has expanded the retail area to encompass businesses as far north as Bissonnet Street.
More on Rice: Real Estate | Data
Median Income: $75,873
Median Home Value: $355,040
Montrose is a primarily residential neighborhood located in the Neartown area of Houston, Texas, United States. Established in 1911, the neighborhood is a demographically diverse area with renovated mansions, bungalows with wide porches, and cottages located along tree-lined boulevards.
Montrose has been called the ‘Heart of Houston,’ the ‘strangest neighborhood east of the Pecos,’ and was named one of the ‘ten great neighborhoods in America’ in 2009.
More on Montrose: Real Estate | Data
4. Rice Military
Median Income: $114,989
Median Home Value: $333,650
The community is in proximity to Memorial Park and River Oaks. David Walter, a Rice Military resident quoted in the Houston Chronicle, said that one could travel to Downtown Houston from Rice Military in five minutes. The boundaries of the Rice Military neighborhood are Washington Avenue on the north, Memorial Drive on the south, Shepherd Drive on the east, and Westcott Street on the west.
As of 2008 Rice Military proper had 391 houses. Karen Derr, the owner of the real estate firm Karen Derr & Associates, said that many area realtors also associate houses in neighboring subdivisions and label them as being in ‘Rice Military’. The wider Rice Military area has around 1,300 houses.
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5. Greater Memorial
Median Income: $146,287
Median Home Value: $693,859
The Memorial area is well-known for its forested neighborhoods that straddle Buffalo Bayou, which feature a rich variety of residential architecture. The area is also home to a number of dense mixed-use districts, including Memorial City, Town & Country Village, and CityCentre. A large portion of the Energy Corridor, a major business district populated by many energy corporations, overlaps with west Memorial along Eldridge Parkway. Memorial takes its name from Memorial Drive, a major east-west thoroughfare which bisects the area.
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Median Income: $83,714
Median Home Value: $341,816
Uptown is a business district in Houston, located 6.2 miles west of Downtown and is centered along Post Oak Boulevard and Westheimer Road. The Uptown District is roughly bounded by Woodway Drive to the north, the I-610 to the east, Richmond Avenue to the south, and Yorktown Street to the west. It covers 1,010 acres.
At 23.6 million square feet of office space, the Uptown District is the 17th-largest business district in the United States, comparable in size to the downtowns of Denver and Pittsburgh. The district is home to approximately 2,000 companies and represents more than 11 percent of Houston’s total office space.
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7. River Oaks
Median Income: $123,888
Median Home Value: $480,583
River Oaks is a residential community located in the center of Houston, Texas, United States. Located within the 610 Loop and between Downtown and Uptown, the community spans 1,100 acres. Established in the 1920s by brothers William and Michael Hogg, the community became a well-publicized national model for community planning. Real estate values in the community range from $1 million to over $20 million. River Oaks was also named the most expensive neighborhood in Houston in 2013. The community is home to River Oaks Country Club, which includes a golf course designed by architect Donald Ross and redesigned in 2015 by Tom Fazio.
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8. Greater Heights
Median Income: $82,304
Median Home Value: $292,860
Houston Heights is a community in northwest-central Houston, Texas, United States. ‘The Heights’ is often referred to colloquially to describe a larger collection of neighborhoods next to and including the actual Houston Heights. However, Houston Heights has its own history, distinct from Norhill and Woodland Heights.
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Median Income: $74,596
Median Home Value: $201,120
Midtown is a central neighborhood of Houston, located west-southwest of Downtown. Separated from Downtown by an elevated section of Interstate 45, Midtown is characterized by a continuation of Downtown’s square grid street plan, anchored by Main Street and the METRORail Red Line. Midtown is bordered by Neartown to the west, the Museum District to the south, and Interstate 69 to the east. Midtown’s 325 blocks cover 1.24 square miles and contained an estimated population of nearly 8,600 in 2015.
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Median Income: $102,766
Median Home Value: $52,175
Downtown is the largest business district in Houston, Texas, located near the geographic center of the metropolitan area at the confluence of Interstate 10, Interstate 45, and Interstate 69. The 1.84-square-mile district, enclosed by the aforementioned highways, contains the original townsite of Houston at the confluence of Buffalo Bayou and White Oak Bayou, a point known as Allen’s Landing. Downtown has been the city’s preeminent commercial district since its founding in 1836.
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Putting A Bow On Our Analysis Of Houston
If you’re measuring the neighborhoods in Houston where crime is low and everyone wants to live, this is an accurate list.
If you’re curious, here are the worst places in Houston:
- Far North
For more reading, check out:
Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods In Houston