Where are the best places in the state of Texas?
To the untrained eye they are the places that have awesome economies. They’re the places in Lone Star State where people have the best jobs, residents are all above average, and the sun shines the most.
However, here at HomeSnacks, we don’t trust the untrained eye and instead look to data to understand the best places to call home in Texas.
There might be some surprises on this list, but when you look at the unbiased data, it’s hard to argue against.
After analyzing 328 places in Texas, we came up with this list of the best places:
- West University Place (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- University Park (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Bellaire (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Highland Park (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Terrell Hills (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Trophy Club (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Coppell (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Colleyville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Keller (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Allen (Photos | Homes For Sale)
Well, it looks like you should check out West University Place if you’re thinking of moving to Texas — it’s the best the Lone Star State has to offer according to the data.
Follow along as we provide more insight into how we reached our overall best places to live in Texas.
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The Pressing Question: Size
Before we even started to collect data, we had to answer a tough question: Is it fair to pit Austin with a population of 907,779 against places with a population of 18?
We firmly decided no, that just isn’t fair.
So to create our ranking, we broke places to live into three tiers:
- Cities — Populations over 5,000
- Towns — Populations between 1,000 and 5,000
- Small Towns — Populations below 1,000
This left us with 328 cities, 580 towns, and 518 small towns.
We then decided, no matter how much anyone loves their town, the best places have more of everything and therefore you need to have over 5,000 people to truly be ‘the best’.
You can see those two top tens at the bottom of the post.
How We Calculated The Best Cities To Live In Texas
Now that we had our set of cities, it was time to rank them.
We ranked each place in Texas across a number of criteria from one to 328, with one being the best.
We then took the average rank across all criteria, with the city posting the lowest overall score being crowned the winner of the title “Best Place To Live In Texas”.
The criteria we looked at were:
- Median Home Values
- Median Income
- Population Density (Higher better)
- Unemployment Rate
- Commute Time
- Education Levels
- Health Insurance Coverage
- Poverty rates
After the dust settled, what was the best place to live in Texas? That would be West University Place.
If your city or town isn’t among the top 10, jump down to the bottom of the post to see a detailed chart of the best places in Texas.
Otherwise, buckle up for a ride down good living lane with West University Place at the end of the cul-de-sac.
West U as it’s called, is a tiny little place outside of Houston. While their high school football team hasn’t won a state title (they don’t have a high school), it’s one of the safest spots you can live in.
And residents make the 1st highest salaries in the entire state. Perhaps they can just pay for their own football program.
Well, I guess technically 3.6% of University Park residents who want to have a job can’t find one, so not everyone has a job, but it’s the 36th closest of any city in Texas.
You can tell they take business seriously as they have by far the coolest Chamber of Commerce website we came across in our research.
In addition to its incredibly low unemployment rate, University Park also ranked well for crime (31st) and median income ($198,438).
Bellaire is a short drive from everything, but who would want to leave the 3rd best place in Texas?
Homes are priced around $770,500 and residents have the 166th shortest commute in Texas.
Highland Park had the 118th lowest unemployment of any place in our research (5.4%) and the 103rd lowest crime rate. However, the relative lack of population density and long commute times held it back from being higher on our list.
Highland Park is home to an exceptional Volunteer Fire Department that represents so much about what it’s like to live there.
The crime rate is much lower here than in the rest of Texas, as there were only 4 violent crimes in the city limits last year. The unemployment rate is the 6th lowest in Texas (2.0%), and the public schools are ranked 3rd in the state in terms of spending per student.
Additionally, homes are the 5th most expensive in Terrell Hills ($635,100), meaning a lot of people want to live there.
Plus, the residents earn a really great salary: $180,128 a year.
Taking its place as the 6th best place in Texas is Trophy Club. Residents here earn a really high salary each year, and crime is fairly low, in comparison to the rest of Texas.
It’s considered a cultural community, as it boasts an arts scene, and many ethnic restaurants, too. Which means you can’t be bored here.
An unemployment rate of only 2.0% helps thing too.
You might be surprised to see the Town of Coppell so high on the list. Unless you live in Coppell.
The unemployment rate here is really low, and at 3.0%, Coppell residents are some of the hardest working in the state of Texas. When you factor in high home prices, high incomes and low crime, Coppell is doing quite well.
Let’s be honest — Coppell is the kind of place you brag to your friends on Facebook about.
Colleyville has a long and illustrious history and its ranking in the top ten of our best places to live is just another notch in its belt.\n\Colleyville had the 7th highest household median income adjusted for cost of living at $162,183.
Not to mention that its residents have plenty to do on the weekends.
The Keller has the 33rd lowest unemployment rate in Texas. The population growth here has been 8% over the last 15 years, meaning a lot of people want to live here. If they can afford it; the cost of living in Keller is higher than the national average and households make $122,292 per year.
We’d move to Keller if we could in a heart beat.
We wouldn’t be surprised to see CNN call Allen one of the best places to live in the United States. Not only do the residents all make great livings, there’s essentially no crime in the entire city. And the residents are very involved in the community.
They can’t build homes fast enough here as it seems everyone wants a piece of Allen.
Wrapping Up The Best Places When It Comes To Living In Texas
If you’re looking at areas in Texas with the best economic situations, where there’s lower than average crime, and a lot to do, this is an accurate list.
West University Place made a strong showing to take in the overall number one spot for the best place to live in Texas for 2019.
Best Towns To Live In Texas
- Rollingwood (Pop. 1,642)
- Olmos Park (Pop. 1,964)
- Southside Place (Pop. 1,746)
- Spring Valley Village (Pop. 4,098)
- Hunters Creek Village (Pop. 4,688)
- Bunker Hill Village (Pop. 3,909)
- Piney Point Village (Pop. 3,312)
- Meadowlakes (Pop. 2,240)
- Ransom Canyon (Pop. 1,325)
- Lost Creek (Pop. 4,498)
Best Small Towns To Live In Texas
- Hilshire Village (Pop. 852)
- Sunset Valley (Pop. 801)
- Highland Haven (Pop. 561)
- Westover Hills (Pop. 578)
- Mountain City (Pop. 694)
- Hill Country Village (Pop. 751)
- Nazareth (Pop. 274)
- Lake Tanglewood (Pop. 804)
- San Leanna (Pop. 606)
- Bishop Hills (Pop. 278)
If you’re curious enough, here are the worst places to live in Texas according to the data:
- Donna (Pop. 16,349)
- Port Arthur (Pop. 54,913)
- Cleveland (Pop. 7,879)
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Detailed List Of The Best Places To Live In Texas
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