These Are The 10 Best Places To Live In Texas


We used science to determine which places in the Lone Star State are the real superstars.

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The last time we addressed the state of Texas with a scientific post, it went over just about as well as it could. Almost everyone agreed with us that we nailed it on the head with our data, which determined the absolute worst places to live in Texas.

So, due to popular demand, we’ve produced the opposite of that, and have determined once and for all, which places in Texas are the best to live in. While there are sure to be arguments made for a lot of places in Texas (since it’s such a great place all around), this is the type of research that you can pester your buddies with when you’re at the rodeo.

Because it’s based on science, which means it has to be right. Right?

After analyzing 238 of the most populous cities, we came up with this list as the absolute best 10 places in the state of Texas:

  1. Highland Village (Photos)
  2. Murphy (Photos)
  3. Allen (Photos)
  4. Brushy Creek
  5. Corinth (Photos)
  6. Cedar Park (Photos)
  7. West University Place (Photos)
  8. Plano (Photos)
  9. Flower Mound
  10. Frisco (Photos)

You may not have heard of some of these places, or you probably don’t even know where they are on a map. That’s why we’re here.

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Small Towns vs. Big Cities. Which is Better?

In order to rank the best places in Texas, we had to determine if it made sense to put a large town in the same category as a tiny town, of say, 10 people. We decided that it makes sense to rank only the larger cities, so we cut the population off at 10,000.

Because Sammy Martinez, Texas, population 11, probably shouldn’t be mentioned in the same context as Dallas.

And speaking of Dallas, we’re sure you’re wondering how the larger cities ranked. There’s a chart at the bottom with all of the cities in order from best to worst. According to the data, it’s the suburbs outside of Dallas that you want to live in.

How do you decide if a place is awesome or not?

We don’t think it’s a stretch to assume that people value low crime, great public schools, a great local economy, good weather and things to do. So, we scraped the internet for cities in Texas that excelled in those categories, and it spit out the answer. Like magic.

Looks like little Highland Village, Texas is the best place to live in the state, according to science. The worst place in Texas? That would be Jacksonville. More on that later.

How we crunched the numbers

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using FBI crime data, the government census, Bureau of Labor Statistics and Sperling’s Best Places, this is the criteria we used:

  • Population Density (The higher the better, since that means there’s more to do)
  • Lower Unemployment Rates
  • Adjusted Median Income (Median income adjusted for the cost of living)
  • Low Housing Vacancy Rate
  • Education (High Expenditures per student and low student teacher ratio)
  • Short Commute Times
  • Low Crime
  • The Best Weather

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked.

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1. Highland Village, TX

Source: City of Highland Village on Facebook

Population: 15,144
Median income: $129,224
Crime: 3rd lowest in the state
Unemployment rate: 4.3%

Say what you want about small towns that most people in Texas haven’t heard of. According to scientific data, Highland Village, Texas rocks. In fact, it’s far and away the best place to live in the Lone Star State.

When looking at the numbers in Highland Village, it’s hard to argue against it. The unemployment rate is only 4%, and residents earn a boatload of money every year. Plus, the crime is the 3rd lowest in the state.

Highland Village is a Dallas suburb right on Lewisville Lake. In fact, when looking at this list in its entirety, it looks most of them are northern Dallas burbs. So, consider yourself lucky if you live in dream land here, and have the ability to commute into the Big D.

2. Murphy, TX

Source: Google Maps

Population: 17,496
Unemployment rate: 4.4%
Household income: $112,900
House vacancy rate: 2.4%
Crime: 4th lowest in Texas

Murphy is also north of Dallas, but closer to Plano. Its residents are gainfully employed and almost every single home is occupied, meaning people really want to live there. And the crime is extremely low.

In addition, Murphy schools are even higher up when it comes to the amount of support students get, financially. You really can’t ask for a better place to live.

3. Allen, TX

Source: Allen Eagles on Facebook

Population: 84,387
Unemployment rate: 4.2%
Median household income: $101,966
House vacancy rate: 4%

We’re starting to see a pattern here. Allen, north of Plano, has the same exact desirable factors as cities higher up on the list. It’s basically a relatively safe place where people earn high salaries with hardly any boarded up or vacant homes. Allen is a much larger version of Highland Village and Murphy.

Plus, Allen High School won the Texas state football title the last two seasons, and has made the playoffs since…forever ago. Go Eagles!

4. Brushy Creek

Source: Google Maps

Population: 23,976
Unemployment rate: 4.1%
Household income: $98,596
House vacancy rate: 4.3%

You’re thinking…Brushy Where? Understood.

Brushy Creek isn’t a city per se, it’s actually called a census designated place, meaning it doesn’t have its own government running the area. That doesn’t mean it isn’t awesome there. Located just outside of Austin, Brushy Creek has all the advantages of the places listed above it.

Plus, its residents get to enjoy the greatness that is Austin with a short drive.

5. Corinth, TX

Source: Corinth Police Department on Facebook

Population: 19,726
Crime: 25th lowest in Texas
Education ranking: Top 10% in the state
Household income: $89,890

Another Dallas suburb makes the top of the list. Little Corinth, on the northern edge of the Dallas/Fort Worth metro area, has great schools and low crime. And when residents have great jobs, life is just peachy keen, isn’t it?

6. Cedar Park, TX

Source: City of Cedar Park on Facebook

Population: 51,664
Unemployment: 3.7%
Crime: 18th lowest in Texas
Household vacancy rate: 4.76%

If you own a home in Cedar Park, you’re aware that your home values are skyrocketing right now. That’s a sign that things are going swimmingly. Most people there have good jobs, and the commute time into Austin is short.

Cedar Park High School also won the Texas 4A DII state title three years ago, so the kids there have a good chance to be winners on and off the field.

7. West University Place

Source: Google Maps

Population: 48,352
Unemployment rate: 4.7%
Household income: $202,132
Crime: 8th lowest in the state

“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 9th highest salaries in the entire state. Perhaps they can just pay for their own football program.

8. Plano, TX

Source: City of Plano on Facebook

Household income: $83,193
Education: Top 5% in the state, support wise
Unemployment rate: 4.3%

Plano doesn’t really stand out in any given category, it’s just generally a great place, according to science. Its schools are well funded, and it’s a lot safer in Plano in comparison to the rest of the state. Residents here earn a comfortable salary, and there’s plenty to do to keep you entertained here.

9. Town of Flower Mound, TX

Town of Flower Mound on Facebook

Population: 65,230
Household income: $118,725
Unemployment rate: 3.8%
House vacancy rate: 2.8%
Crime: 8th lowest in Texas

Apparently, people are lining up to live in Flower Mound, because only 3% of the homes are unoccupied. The population has skyrocketed here nearly 30% in the last 10 years, which is incredible.

Residents in Flower Mound, just outside of Dallas, have great jobs, and it’s very, very safe here.

10. Frisco

Source: Visit Frisco on Facebook

Population: 116,944
Unemployment rate: 3.8%
Household income: $108,428
Crime: Lowest 10% in the state of Texas

Frisco, a smaller version of Plano, has a lot of great things going for it. It’s relatively safe, and the folks who live in Frisco have great jobs. School spending here is one of the highest in the state as well.

There You Have It

While there are always going to be arguments about where the best place to live in Texas is, according to science, these are the best of the best. If you’re looking at places that have low crime, where there are great schools, and a robust economy, this is an accurate list.

Click here to get access to the complete list of cities in a spreadsheet.

If you’re curious, we also did the data on the worst places to live in Texas. Click here to read that story. Below are the the worst five.

  1. Jacksonville (Pop. 14,550)
  2. Port Arthur (Pop. 54,022)
  3. Donna (Pop. 15,924)
  4. Tomball (Pop. 10,372)
  5. Mercedes (Pop. 15,803)

Here is the complete data on best places to live in Texas

City Population Worst Score Rank
Highland Village 23,241 56.19 1
Murphy 16,796 57.5 2
Allen 39,212 58.44 3
Brushy Creek 39,763 61.63 4
Corinth 23,009 65.31 5
Cedar Park 11,415 66.25 6
West University Place 100,764 67.38 7
Plano 120,727 67.63 8
Flower Mound 10,556 67.81 9
Frisco 47,602 68.5 10
Andrews 12,498 68.75 11
University Park 16,935 70.94 12
Jollyville 100,057 71.19 13
Coppell 10,524 71.75 14
Keller 15,475 72.63 15
Colleyville 17,833 74.44 16
Greatwood 26,454 74.88 17
Round Rock 47,385 75.31 18
Carrollton 23,600 75.38 19
Fredericksburg 15,882 75.94 20
Pflugerville 15,541 77.5 21
Four Corners 15,284 77.63 22
Bellaire 35,853 77.75 23
Richardson 36,718 78.69 24
Robinson 131,882 80.38 25
New Territory 46,756 80.75 26
Cinco Ranch 95,989 80.75 27
Southlake 112,618 81.5 28
Bedford 229,428 82.25 29
Watauga 93,450 84.75 29
Hutto 19,793 84.81 31
Cibolo 13,558 84.94 32
Hereford 11,169 85.25 33
Friendswood 18,349 86.13 34
The Colony 37,352 86.25 35
Mckinney 26,818 86.25 35
Grapevine 15,992 86.44 37
Lewisville 15,243 86.56 38
Midland 20,215 86.69 39
Lubbock 55,818 87.31 39
San Angelo 28,681 87.38 41
Saginaw 18,122 87.69 42
Levelland 101,545 88.44 43
Snyder 79,475 88.56 44
Converse 48,220 88.88 45
Mission Bend 13,452 89.63 45
Leander 63,605 90.38 47
Groves 17,482 90.44 47
Portland 191,118 91.81 49
Sachse 25,916 91.81 50
Mansfield 15,461 91.94 50
Farmers Branch 37,572 92.44 52
Pampa 51,526 92.63 53
Odessa 83,026 92.81 54
Sugar Land 37,842 92.88 55
Georgetown 32,098 93 56
Canyon 27,886 93.06 57
North Richland Hills 10,618 93.19 58
Nederland 36,879 93.38 59
Amarillo 67,173 93.75 60
Little Elm 55,970 93.94 61
Sulphur Springs 13,375 94.38 62
Hurst 18,908 94.88 63
Euless 15,881 94.94 64
League City 17,470 95 64
Rockwall 65,693 95.13 66
Deer Park 115,098 95.5 67
Kyle 217,021 95.81 68
Boerne 16,859 97.75 69
Burleson 90,347 98.31 70
Missouri City 23,779 98.38 71
Rowlett 18,502 98.81 71
Sienna Plantation 97,951 99 73
Fresno 16,208 99.38 74
Pecan Grove 22,585 100 74
Stephenville 13,144 100.44 76
Atascocita 25,417 101.06 76
Denton 799,939 101.44 78
Irving 10,271 101.44 79
Horizon City 12,041 101.75 80
Pearland 46,131 102.63 81
Timberwood Park 27,028 102.75 82
Universal City 11,041 103.13 83
The Woodlands 22,344 103.13 84
White Settlement 21,433 103.5 85
West Odessa 13,269 103.88 86
Borger 42,511 104.13 87
Weatherford 12,971 104.44 88
Austin 31,934 105.56 88
Leon Valley 11,517 105.63 90
Wells Branch 367,154 106.13 91
San Marcos 10,907 106.63 92
Lake Jackson 27,162 107.5 93
Vernon 34,795 107.75 94
Kerrville 54,997 107.75 95
Benbrook 13,014 107.81 96
Live Oak 12,878 107.88 97
Haltom City 118,484 108.06 97
Port Neches 11,703 108.31 99
Schertz 305,427 108.38 100
Lakeway 10,773 108.81 101
Arlington 33,859 109.44 102
Galena Park 17,565 110.06 102
Big Spring 13,165 110.19 104
Fort Hood 10,824 111.31 105
Spring 12,478 111.44 106
Rendon 22,098 111.56 107
Crowley 57,776 112.13 108
Abilene 15,779 112.13 109
Richmond 650,778 112.19 110
Corpus Christi 38,590 112.75 111
Burkburnett 38,958 112.94 112
La Porte 227,641 113.13 113
Stafford 14,692 113.13 114
Kilgore 29,760 113.44 115
Sweetwater 93,663 113.56 116
Forest Hill 10,572 113.88 117
Plainview 14,363 114.31 117
New Braunfels 23,070 114.5 119
Gatesville 62,869 114.75 120
El Paso 26,579 115.38 121
Duncanville 11,955 115.56 122
Channelview 104,152 115.94 123
Garland 19,201 115.94 124
Forney 76,082 116.06 125
Waxahachie 80,931 116.38 126
College Station 97,125 116.38 127
Jacinto City 26,103 116.5 128
Katy 18,531 116.81 129
Cloverleaf 11,551 117.44 130
Victoria 174,631 117.63 131
Harker Heights 16,012 118.06 131
Seabrook 11,190 118.94 133
Wichita Falls 10,663 119.25 134
Brownwood 13,614 119.25 135
Bryan 66,435 120 136
Longview 11,850 120 137
Tyler 1,335,287 121.63 138
Kingsville 12,224 121.81 139
Ennis 30,665 121.88 140
El Campo 15,475 122.19 141
Grand Prairie 38,499 122.81 142
Gainesville 18,026 123.25 143
Hidalgo 124,843 123.38 144
Red Oak 31,912 123.38 145
Henderson 743,865 123.44 146
Temple 49,011 123.69 147
Lumberton 23,879 126.06 148
San Antonio 15,862 126.19 149
Port Lavaca 22,655 127.44 150
Rosenberg 15,785 127.44 151
Taylor 44,970 128.13 152
Sherman 17,588 128.19 153
Midlothian 15,849 128.25 154
Waco 18,748 129.06 154
Socorro 18,647 129.25 156
Fort Worth 13,643 129.75 157
Desoto 10,788 130.31 157
Corsicana 14,207 130.94 159
Terrell 12,322 131.25 160
Denison 12,728 131.81 161
Brenham 17,021 132 162
Cedar Hill 117,769 132.06 163
Bay City 11,202 132.31 164
Uvalde 25,572 133.13 165
Dickinson 130,297 133.19 166
Palestine 20,562 133.5 166
Addison 77,174 134.06 168
Azle 29,318 134.81 169
San Elizario 14,923 135.13 169
Santa Fe 127,995 135.19 171
Athens 33,157 135.75 172
Mineral Wells 15,706 136.06 173
Beaumont 19,222 136.44 174
Clute 14,829 136.5 175
Greenville 1,207,202 136.88 176
Mcallen 32,639 137.56 177
Canyon Lake 16,997 137.75 178
Edinburg 236,063 138.06 179
Cleburne 18,897 138.56 180
Aldine 11,226 138.63 180
Killeen 23,922 138.94 182
Nacogdoches 35,169 139.06 183
Mount Pleasant 35,471 139.63 183
Alice 10,454 140.44 185
Seagoville 15,155 140.94 186
Dallas 11,182 141.88 187
Copperas Cove 10,147 142.13 188
South Houston 11,566 142.63 189
Laredo 18,539 142.75 190
Angleton 2,107,449 143.13 191
Glenn Heights 26,383 143.44 192
Marshall 13,992 144.19 193
Lufkin 13,058 144.19 194
Del Rio 14,626 144.31 195
Webster 13,298 145 195
Humble 71,790 145.25 197
Raymondville 23,853 145.88 197
Bonham 70,119 146.31 199
Robstown 36,548 146.44 200
Belton 175,210 147.44 201
Houston 24,582 148.38 202
Eagle Pass 25,477 148.38 203
La Homa 76,784 148.69 204
Beeville 57,380 149.56 205
La Marque 45,235 149.69 206
Alton 12,785 150.19 207
Baytown 25,180 150.63 208
Balch Springs 36,271 151.06 208
Pharr 24,355 151.5 208
Texarkana 64,947 151.63 211
Brownsville 13,826 152 212
Alvin 18,800 152.38 213
Seguin 18,345 152.81 214
Mission 38,682 153.38 215
Conroe 12,107 153.94 216
Texas City 35,720 154.38 217
Lockhart 48,352 155.63 218
Paris 10,735 157.81 219
Lancaster 15,803 158.38 219
San Benito 10,732 160 221
Harlingen 15,924 161.06 222
Rio Grande City 54,022 162.38 222
Orange 14,550 162.56 224
Alamo 10,357 162.56 224
Huntsville 19,214 162.63 226
Freeport 9,722 163.06 227
Weslaco 11,163 164.06 227
Galveston 21,338 164.69 229
Vidor 9,635 167.81 229
Mercedes 13,683 168.5 231
Tomball 26,615 171.31 232
Donna 19,199 174.38 232
Port Arthur 6,359 175.19 234
Jacksonville 5,994 176.56 235

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