Best Places To Buy A House In Texas For 2020


Using science and data, we can tell you which places in Texas have seen home prices rising and people flocking over the past year.

Editor’s note: This is not investment advice and we are not financial advisers. Article updated for 2020.

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There's a the age old question everyone thinks about when they decide to move to a city in Texas:

Should I buy a place or rent? Well, we aren't here today to solve that problem for you exactly. We are just assuming you'll do the right thing and a buy a place. And while we are happy to tell you the best place to live in Texas, this analysis is going to tackle the question of the best place to buy a house as an investor. That is we are going to try and determine the up and coming cities in the Lone Star State.

To do that we are going to look at places in Texas that are growing faster than average, but where home prices are below average. In every day terms, the "deals". The best deal in Texas at the moment? That would be Giddings according to our analysis.

Here's a look at the top ten places to buy a home in texas for 2020:

  1. Giddings (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Livingston (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Granite Shoals (Homes For Sale)
  4. Port Isabel (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Bowie (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. McGregor (Homes For Sale)
  7. Bulverde (Homes For Sale)
  8. Willow Park (Homes For Sale)
  9. Gilmer (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Brookshire (Homes For Sale)

What's the best place to buy a home in Texas for 2020? According to our analysis, would the the ideal place to buy a home looking into the future.

The methodology that wen't into this can be a bit complicated, so we'll break it down for you in as much detail as we can below. If you're not worried about finding a deal on good places to live, check out the most expensive places to live in texas and, for those of you on a budget, the cheapest places to live in texas.

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The 10 Best Cities To Buy A House In Texas For 2020

Giddings, TX

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,043
Median Home Price: $107,500
Population Change: 0.7%
Home Price Change: -2.5%
More on Giddings: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

The land where the city of Giddings now stands was part of the land granted to Stephen F. Austin in 1821 for a colony in Spanish Texas, and later became part of the Robertson Colony.

Livingston, TX

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,046
Median Home Price: $96,700
Population Change: -0.6%
Home Price Change: 6.1%
More on Livingston: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 5,057
Median Home Price: $126,700
Population Change: 0.7%
Home Price Change: 15.0%
More on Granite Shoals: Homes For Sale | Data

Granite Shoals was incorporated as a city by a vote of area residents in 1966. The original city comprised various sections of the Sherwood Shores subdivision, which was at the time the largest platted subdivision in the state of Texas. The Sherwood Shores subdivisions were created from the Phillips, Naumann and Ebeling ranches in 1962. In November 2005, residents voted to adopt a home rule charter to govern the city. In 2006, the city hired its first city manager.

Port Isabel, TX

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 5,057
Median Home Price: $132,500
Population Change: 0.2%
Home Price Change: 19.3%
More on Port Isabel: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Established as a town after the Mexican War of Independence, Port Isabel became an important cotton-exporting port before the American Civil War. The harbor, town and lighthouse all were fought over and exchanged hands during the Civil War.

Bowie, TX

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,059
Median Home Price: $80,400
Population Change: -0.4%
Home Price Change: -7.7%
More on Bowie: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

On July 22, 1881, Bowie was incorporated as a town in Montague County, Texas. The town began to expand with the arrival of the Fort Worth and Denver Railway in 1882. In 1884, four men robbed the First National Bank of Bowie and allegedly left with over $10,000 in gold coins. Townspeople gave chase and eventually captured the robbers, who were hanged for their crimes. By 1913, the town had a population of more than five thousand and included the Bowie Commercial College.

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,093
Median Home Price: $90,500
Population Change: 0.7%
Home Price Change: -8.0%
More on Mcgregor: Homes For Sale | Data

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 5,104
Median Home Price: $301,800
Population Change: 1.2%
Home Price Change: 6.0%
More on Bulverde: Homes For Sale | Data

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 5,110
Median Home Price: $221,500
Population Change: 5.2%
Home Price Change: 7.4%
More on Willow Park: Homes For Sale | Data

Gilmer, TX

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 5,122
Median Home Price: $112,100
Population Change: 0.2%
Home Price Change: 9.4%
More on Gilmer: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 5,199
Median Home Price: $80,400
Population Change: 2.2%
Home Price Change: 19.1%
More on Brookshire: Homes For Sale | Data

How do you determine the best places to buy a home in texas for 2020?

We were in real estate for almost five years and have been working on this site for another three. Suffice is to say, we've put a lot of thought into what goes into finding a good place to buy a home.

So all that thinking has come to this moment where we get to spell out how we'd approach finding an up-and-coming place to live in Texas. Put differently, the analysis will try to find places in Texas with undervalued homes relative to pent up demand.

To do that we looked at the most recent American Community Survey Census data for 2014-2018 and compared it to the previous vintage (2012-2016). Specifically, we used the following criteria:

  • Y-o-Y Change In Population (People want to live here)
  • Y-o-Y Change In Median Home Prices (People are willing to pay for it)
  • Home Prices Relative To The State Average (It's still kinda cheap)

We want places that are growing, have seen home prices increase in recent years, and are still "cheap" for Texas with the following caveats:

So of the 0 cities and towns in Texas, only 351 places made it through our initial filters to even be considered.

We then ranked each place from 1 to 351 for the criteria mentioned above with 1 being the best for that criteria. We averaged the rankings to create a "best place to buy" index with the place having the lowest index being the best. You can download the data here.

Turns out that Giddings is the best potential gem in the not-so-rough in the Lone Star State.

Read on for more on these places.

There You Have It - The Best Places To Purchase A House In texas for 2020

There's our analysis of the best places to buy a house in Texas. And, to be clear, we aren't necessarily saying these places are the best places to live, just that it looks like they might be in a couple of years based on the data.

In fact, every place in the following table meets our criteria, so even though it may not look super long, remember we started off with all 0 places in the state.

So if we'd could rent or buy in these cities, we'd definitely buy.

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Detailed List Of The Best Places To Buy A Home In Texas

City Rank Median Home Price Population Change Home Price Increase
Giddings 1 $107,500 0.7% -2.5%
Livingston 2 $96,700 -0.6% 6.1%
Granite Shoals 3 $126,700 0.7% 15.0%
Port Isabel 4 $132,500 0.2% 19.3%
Bowie 5 $80,400 -0.4% -7.7%
Mcgregor 6 $90,500 0.7% -8.0%
Bulverde 7 $301,800 1.2% 6.0%
Willow Park 8 $221,500 5.2% 7.4%
Gilmer 9 $112,100 0.2% 9.4%
Brookshire 10 $80,400 2.2% 19.1%
Sansom Park 11 $76,800 4.4% 14.8%
Diboll 12 $81,800 -0.3% 20.3%
Center 13 $67,200 -1.3% -3.6%
Nolanville 14 $132,800 9.3% 5.0%
Terrell Hills 15 $495,700 1.6% -11.1%
Post 16 $70,000 -3.6% 2.5%
Brady 17 $76,800 -0.7% 14.3%
Wake Village 18 $127,800 -0.2% 4.2%
Cameron 19 $78,200 0.5% 12.7%
Breckenridge 20 $63,500 -0.3% 1.3%
Atlanta 21 $90,400 -0.1% -3.2%
Rockdale 22 $92,000 0.9% 5.7%
Mont Belvieu 23 $239,400 6.7% -0.4%
Sinton 24 $53,900 -1.1% -17.1%
Rusk 25 $88,100 0.4% 2.8%
Muleshoe 26 $68,500 9.6% 3.8%
Anthony 27 $100,800 1.4% 3.1%
Marlin 28 $48,600 -0.7% 4.5%
Carrizo Springs 29 $75,900 -1.8% 5.3%
Hutchins 30 $78,200 0.6% -1.0%
Palmview 31 $83,200 0.8% -1.7%
Luling 32 $89,000 1.2% 5.8%
Edna 33 $91,800 0.7% 2.6%
Windcrest 34 $191,900 0.6% 8.9%
Lindale 35 $134,400 2.8% -0.9%
Progreso 36 $56,800 0.6% 12.0%
Alpine 37 $137,000 0.3% 29.2%
Slaton 38 $64,900 -0.7% 9.3%
Littlefield 39 $60,700 -0.6% 2.9%
Gun Barrel City 40 $106,300 0.9% 5.5%
Gladewater 41 $80,900 -4.6% -15.2%
Childress 42 $74,600 3.3% -1.1%
Burnet 43 $147,000 1.0% -5.9%
Yoakum 44 $78,300 0.0% 3.0%
Everman 45 $74,700 -1.1% 2.0%
Sunnyvale 46 $366,300 3.4% 5.3%
Prairie View 47 $167,100 0.8% 11.2%
Keene 48 $117,900 1.2% 10.9%
Iowa Park 49 $83,500 -0.2% 3.1%
White Oak 50 $153,200 -0.1% 0.9%
Marble Falls 51 $185,000 2.7% -1.2%
Bridgeport 52 $119,600 0.8% 2.5%
Willis 53 $76,000 1.2% 3.8%
Sealy 54 $154,000 1.2% 9.9%
Bee Cave 55 $578,100 4.6% 9.2%
Crockett 56 $71,400 0.3% -4.3%
Decatur 57 $136,800 2.7% 4.7%
Kermit 58 $62,000 3.3% 13.6%
Silsbee 59 $95,800 -0.2% 1.2%
Carthage 60 $107,200 -0.8% -4.9%
Lago Vista 61 $230,000 2.2% 13.3%
Providence Village 62 $201,500 7.7% 14.0%
Joshua 63 $163,000 4.5% 6.5%
Kaufman 64 $87,800 2.0% 7.2%
Elsa 65 $48,100 0.1% -9.8%
Lucas 66 $576,700 5.1% 5.9%
La Feria 67 $52,100 0.2% -8.0%
Floresville 68 $125,900 2.7% 4.0%
Crystal City 69 $48,100 -0.3% 24.0%
Mexia 70 $73,500 -0.4% -2.6%
Hempstead 71 $104,300 5.5% 0.8%
Navasota 72 $110,400 0.9% 18.5%
Seminole 73 $114,400 1.8% 13.6%
Gonzales 74 $113,800 0.3% 13.6%
Jasper 75 $82,500 -0.1% -7.2%
Monahans 76 $88,200 0.8% -1.0%
Lampasas 77 $109,900 2.7% 2.9%
River Oaks 78 $93,400 0.7% 5.8%
Los Fresnos 79 $88,300 1.6% 2.8%
Hitchcock 80 $110,500 1.3% 19.2%
Lake Dallas 81 $146,600 1.5% -0.6%
Dayton 82 $131,400 3.5% 7.4%
Roanoke 83 $311,700 6.1% 25.4%
Jersey Village 84 $268,900 0.6% 9.0%
Kennedale 85 $192,200 3.6% 11.9%
Cleveland 86 $87,600 1.2% 9.2%
Bridge City 87 $130,900 0.4% -4.9%
Fulshear 88 $412,900 29.2% -0.7%
Sanger 89 $136,200 2.7% 11.8%
Richland Hills 90 $124,300 0.2% 7.6%
Aransas Pass 91 $107,000 -2.8% 19.0%
Alamo Heights 92 $579,900 2.6% 6.4%
Whitehouse 93 $160,300 2.0% 1.4%
Hillsboro 94 $74,900 0.1% 7.8%
Cuero 95 $88,600 -0.3% 2.0%
Heath 96 $450,200 3.2% 6.3%
Fort Stockton 97 $93,000 0.1% 11.6%
Melissa 98 $279,000 10.5% 3.7%
Dalhart 99 $98,100 -0.6% 0.9%
Manor 100 $160,600 14.4% 6.4%

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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.

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