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
- Rice Military
- Greater Memorial
- River Oaks
- Greater Heights
Read on to see how we determined the places around Houston that deserve a little bragging rights.
How do you determine the best 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
Median Income: $134,564
Median Home Value: $583,831
Median Income: $75,873
Median Home Value: $355,040
4. Rice Military
Median Income: $114,989
Median Home Value: $333,650
5. Greater Memorial
Median Income: $146,287
Median Home Value: $693,859
Median Income: $83,714
Median Home Value: $341,816
7. River Oaks
Median Income: $123,888
Median Home Value: $480,583
8. Greater Heights
Median Income: $82,304
Median Home Value: $292,860
Median Income: $74,596
Median Home Value: $201,120
Median Income: $102,766
Median Home Value: $52,175
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
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Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods In Houston