These Are The 10 Best Neighborhoods In Houston


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

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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:

  1. West University
  2. Rice
  3. Galleria-Uptown
  4. Greater Memorial
  5. Montrose
  6. River Oaks
  7. Rice Military
  8. Midtown
  9. Downtown
  10. Greater Heights

Read on to see how we determined the places around Houston that deserve a little bragging rights. Would you rahter live outside of the city? Check out the best suburbs around Houston.

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How do you determine the best neighborhoods in Houston?

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.

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1. West University

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 31,604
Median Home Price: $605,654
Crimes Per 100K People: 2,274
Unemployment Rate: 3.0%

2. Rice

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 16,461
Median Home Price: $616,950
Crimes Per 100K People: 2,274
Unemployment Rate: 3.0%

3. Galleria-Uptown

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 65,110
Median Home Price: $392,765
Crimes Per 100K People: 2,274
Unemployment Rate: 4.0%

4. Greater Memorial

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 32,567
Median Home Price: $629,134
Crimes Per 100K People: 2,274
Unemployment Rate: 2.5%

5. Montrose

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 32,097
Median Home Price: $327,837
Crimes Per 100K People: 2,274
Unemployment Rate: 3.4%

6. River Oaks

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 29,833
Median Home Price: $507,789
Crimes Per 100K People: 2,274
Unemployment Rate: 2.6%

7. Rice Military

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 17,845
Median Home Price: $333,214
Crimes Per 100K People: 2,274
Unemployment Rate: 3.4%

8. Midtown

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,387
Median Home Price: $388,560
Crimes Per 100K People: 2,274
Unemployment Rate: 4.1%

9. Downtown

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,464
Median Home Price: $222,300
Crimes Per 100K People: 2,274
Unemployment Rate: 1.4%

10. Greater Heights

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 55,882
Median Home Price: $268,936
Crimes Per 100K People: 2,274
Unemployment Rate: 4.1%

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:

  1. Northeast
  2. Far North
  3. Southeast

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Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods In Houston

Neighborhood Rank Population Home Prices Crimes Per 100k Unemployment Rate
West University 1 31,604 $605,654 2,274 3.0%
Rice 2 16,461 $616,950 2,274 3.0%
Galleria-Uptown 3 65,110 $392,765 2,274 4.0%
Greater Memorial 4 32,567 $629,134 2,274 2.5%
Montrose 5 32,097 $327,837 2,274 3.4%
River Oaks 6 29,833 $507,789 2,274 2.6%
Rice Military 7 17,845 $333,214 2,274 3.4%
Midtown 8 6,387 $388,560 2,274 4.1%
Downtown 9 9,464 $222,300 2,274 1.4%
Greater Heights 10 55,882 $268,936 2,274 4.1%
Medical 11 40,756 $238,687 2,274 4.3%
Meyerland 12 65,156 $195,100 3,470 7.0%
West Houston 13 125,916 $219,357 2,289 5.1%
Westchase 14 63,140 $174,331 4,026 6.0%
Bellaire 15 171,691 $182,996 4,765 7.0%
Far Northeast 16 84,084 $182,429 3,126 4.6%
Spring Branch 17 138,420 $189,742 4,411 4.6%
Pasadina 18 138,489 $127,339 5,765 5.3%
Northwest 19 133,002 $119,925 6,487 6.3%
Sugarland 20 114,830 $99,078 7,429 7.1%
East End 21 92,603 $102,524 7,419 6.5%
North 22 119,975 $88,038 7,984 6.1%
Southwest 23 103,876 $105,454 7,007 7.3%
Southeast 24 243,881 $97,453 7,284 7.5%
Far North 25 59,833 $101,987 7,827 7.2%
Northeast 26 130,280 $67,553 8,422 8.4%

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