10 Best Places To Live In Texas For 2019

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

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our fifth time ranking the best places to live in Texas.

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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.

You might have come here expecting to see Dallas and Houston, but even though those cities offer up a ton to residents, it's actually better to live outside the cities and commute.

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.

If you're looking for something more national, check out the best states in America or the best places to live in America.

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The 10 Best Places To Live In Texas For 2019

West University Place, TX

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Population: 15,318
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $917,800 (3rd best)
Unemployment Rate: 2.7% (16th best)
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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 highest salaries in the entire state. Perhaps they can just pay for their own football program.

University Park, TX

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Population: 24,346
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $1,102,500 (2nd best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.6% (36th best)
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The crime is the 31st lowest in the state in University Park, and there were only 16 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 University Park earn $198,438 a year.

Bellaire, TX

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Population: 18,140
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $770,500 (4th best)
Unemployment Rate: 2.1% (9th best)
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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.

Highland Park, TX

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Population: 8,986
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $1,253,600 (1st best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.4% (118th best)
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Highland Park 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 118th overall for its low unemployment rate and the 3rd highest median income of any place in our analysis.

However, it only has the 42nd shortest average commute time of any place in Texas.

Terrell Hills, TX

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Population: 5,190
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $635,100 (5th best)
Unemployment Rate: 2.0% (6th best)
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If you want to live in Texas, you can't go wrong if you decide to make the Terrell Hills area your home. However, everyone and their mother wants to live here.

Can you blame them? It's a beautiful place with really low crime, where a majority of residents are wealthy (a $180,128 median income will do that).

Plus, the residents are really involved with helping to make Terrell Hills as great as possible. You can't get it much better than in Terrell Hills.

Trophy Club, TX

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Population: 10,987
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $328,800 (16th best)
Unemployment Rate: 2.0% (6th best)
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You might be surprised to see the Town of Trophy Club so high on the list. Unless you live in Trophy Club.

The unemployment rate here is really low, and at 2.0%, Trophy Club residents are some of the hardest working in the state of Texas. When you factor in high home prices, high incomes and low crime, Trophy Club is doing quite well.

Let's be honest -- Trophy Club is the kind of place you brag to your friends on Facebook about.

Coppell, TX

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Population: 40,631
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $317,900 (17th best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.0% (19th best)
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We wouldn't be surprised to see CNN call Coppell 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 Coppell.

Colleyville, TX

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Population: 24,982
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $432,600 (10th best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.2% (26th best)
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The Town of Colleyville consistently ranks as one of the best places to live. There aren't any surprises here. Which probably adds credibility to our data, right?

Let's see why Colleyville ranks so high. First of all, the homes in Colleyville are the 10th most expensive in the state of Texas, with the average home worth a whopping $432,600. We're not elitists, nor are we saying that big homes means a better place to live. But price reflects demand, and simply put, a lot of people want to live in Colleyville if they can afford it.

Other numbers that stand out: Colleyville residents have the 7th highest income in the state, and the 3rd lowest crime numbers in Texas.

Keller, TX

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Population: 44,250
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $311,700 (18th best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.5% (33rd best)
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Keller has been called one of the best small towns in America. If you live here, you're most likely already aware of how great it is to live there.

Just about everyone who wants a job in Keller has one; the unemployment rate is hovering at about 3.5% and lowering. And the Keller police department is doing a solid job, as crime is the 5th lowest in the state here.

Who wouldn't want to live in a place like this?

Allen, TX

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Population: 94,710
Rank Last Year: 15 (Up 5)
Median Home Value: $234,600 (32nd best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.3% (58th best)
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With the unemployment rate being the 58th lowest in Texas and very stable household median incomes, it's easy to see why someone would want to live in Allen.

Plus, the crime rate is the 29th lowest in the state!

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'.

Now we also realize that city living might not be your cup of tea, so we ran the following analysis on towns and then again for small towns.

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
  • Crime
  • Education Levels
  • Health Insurance Coverage
  • Poverty rates

Sources of criteria include the New Census Data and FBI Crime Data.

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

  1. Rollingwood (Pop. 1,642)
  2. Olmos Park (Pop. 1,964)
  3. Southside Place (Pop. 1,746)
  4. Spring Valley Village (Pop. 4,098)
  5. Hunters Creek Village (Pop. 4,688)
  6. Bunker Hill Village (Pop. 3,909)
  7. Piney Point Village (Pop. 3,312)
  8. Meadowlakes (Pop. 2,240)
  9. Ransom Canyon (Pop. 1,325)
  10. Lost Creek (Pop. 4,498)

Best Small Towns To Live In Texas

  1. Hilshire Village (Pop. 852)
  2. Sunset Valley (Pop. 801)
  3. Highland Haven (Pop. 561)
  4. Westover Hills (Pop. 578)
  5. Mountain City (Pop. 694)
  6. Hill Country Village (Pop. 751)
  7. Nazareth (Pop. 274)
  8. Lake Tanglewood (Pop. 804)
  9. San Leanna (Pop. 606)
  10. Bishop Hills (Pop. 278)

If you're curious enough, here are the worst places to live in Texas according to the data:

  1. Donna (Pop. 16,349)
  2. Port Arthur (Pop. 54,913)
  3. Cleveland (Pop. 7,879)

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Where Are The Best Places To Live In Texas?

Rank City Population Unemployment Rate Home Value
1 West University Place 15,318 2.7% $917,800
2 University Park 24,346 3.6% $1,102,500
3 Bellaire 18,140 2.1% $770,500
4 Highland Park 8,986 5.4% $1,253,600
5 Terrell Hills 5,190 2.0% $635,100
6 Trophy Club 10,987 2.0% $328,800
7 Coppell 40,631 3.0% $317,900
8 Colleyville 24,982 3.2% $432,600
9 Keller 44,250 3.5% $311,700
10 Allen 94,710 4.3% $234,600

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.

6 thoughts on “10 Best Places To Live In Texas For 2019

  1. Your statistics for Arlington are off. According to you, Arlington’s population is 33,859 PER WIKIPEDIA: “According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s estimate, the city had a population of almost 379,577 at the end of 2013,[6] making it the third-largest municipality in the metropolitan area. Arlington is the fiftieth-most populous city in the United States, the seventh-most populous city in the state of Texas,[7] and the largest city in the state that is not a county seat.”
    So how can we believe any of the other statistics in the article??

  2. What about EL Paso?? Drove through there on our cross country trip last year….Tampa to California within 2 weeks ,with a week in Texas

  3. Southlake should be number 3 after University Park and Highland Park since it’s schools are known for being one of the best in the USA. Keller is not close to Southlake’s preformance

  4. Ok, this is the worst list ever. Richardson is one of the best? ARE YOU CRAZY ? Theres a lot of crime there and its full of businesses. Allen? Theres nothing in Allen. Its boring. These are just a few cities I noticed, that were not great at all ! Mckinney, Austin and San Antonio are the best.

  5. West University Place is not located outside of Houston. Located west of Rice University, West U is surrounded by the city of Houston.

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