Everything is the best in Texas.
Everything is better in Texas.
Still, not right, but we’ll go with it for now. And since everything might be better and bigger in Texas, we decided that we would hunker down with our data, spreadsheets, and algorithms to do Texas proud when it comes to researching the best places to live in the Lone Star State.
And unlike other places that just randomly decide that Austin has to be the best place to live, we stick to the cold hard facts from sources like the Census and the FBI. Things like the best schools and lowest crime rates that people generally desire when moving to a new place in Texas.
If we could measure the most Cowboy hats and Cowboy fans per square mile, heck we’d measure that too.
In all, we analyzed the 328 places in Texas over 5,000 people for this study.
What is the best place to live in Texas? According to the data we collected and our algorithms, West University Place ranks as the best place to live in Texas for 2019. They’re no stranger to our lists as they took the top spot last year and rank as one of the wealthiest places in Texas.
If West University Place is out of your price range, don’t worry, the top ten has a place for everyone. So, go grab your tex-mex and a margarita as we take a quick look at the top ten.
Here are the 10 best places to live in Texas for 2019:
- 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)
West University Place is the perfect example — it’s a small suburb outside of Houston that has everything you’d could ever want, but without the constant hustle and bustle.
Overall, the economies in these places are booming and the quality of life is second to none.
Now read on to see the details behind the rankings and a closer look at the top ten cities being featured in our Friday Night Lights for 2019.
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The 10 Best Places To Live In Texas For 2019
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.
Known for its low unemployment rates and great education, University Park is a wonderful place to live in this state.
The relatively stable household incomes and below average crime rates don’t hurt either!
While it may not be as great as some other places on this list, University Park still holds its own in in Texas.
Bellaire is a cute little city where crime is far below the state average, and where it’s affordable. The schools are also solidly rated.
Home prices clock in at $770,500 and households earn a median salary of $187,805. One could get used to that.
Say what you want about expensive houses. The fact is, homes are priced by demand, and there’s A LOT of demand to live in Highland Park.
The median home costs a cool $1,253,600 and households make $189,485 which is good for 3rd in Texas.
Add that all up and Highland Park places 4th in our ranking of the best places to live in Texas for 2019.
Terrell Hills is a short drive from everything, but who would want to leave the 5th best place in Texas?
Homes are priced around $635,100 and residents have the 146th shortest commute in Texas.
Trophy Club broke into the top ten best places to live in Texas on the back of a low unemployment and a quality schools system.
It placed 6th overall for its low unemployment rate and the 9th highest median income of any place in our analysis.
However, it only has the 236th shortest average commute time of any place in Texas.
Crime is something that doesn’t happen very often in Coppell. Statistically the 34th safest place in the state, there were only 27 violent crimes in the entire city last year.
It’s really beautiful in Coppell, and new homes continue to replace older homes. Resident earn $114,839 a year, and homes are valued at more than $317,900.
What else could you possibly want if you’re someone who likes the good things in life?
You might be surprised to see the Town of Colleyville so high on the list. Unless you live in Colleyville.
The unemployment rate here is really low, and at 3.2%, Colleyville residents are some of the hardest working in the state of Texas. When you factor in high home prices, high incomes and low crime, Colleyville is doing quite well.
Let’s be honest — Colleyville is the kind of place you brag to your friends on Facebook about.
The crime is the 5th lowest in the state in Keller, and there were only 30 violent crimes in the entire city last year. We think it’s even safer here than the numbers indicate.
The schools are some of the best in Texas, and residents live in very expensive homes. They also earn more than most every other city in the state. Residents in Keller earn $122,292 a year.
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.
Mapping The Best And Worst Places To Live in Texas
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.
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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