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 Place 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
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.
University Park’s unemployment rates are some of the lowest in the state and the median income is the 2nd highest, making University Park a great place to work and settle down if you’re look for a stable job with a stable income.
Additionally, University Park has above average education and low crime, making this place a safe place to live.
If you don’t have a job in Bellaire, you’re most likely not trying very hard. The unemployment rate here is almost as low as you can get — 2.1%. In fact, there are probably enough butler and landscaping jobs available here to put every single unemployed resident to work, what with a median income of $187,805.
That’s actually not a bad idea…
At an unemployment rate of 5.4%, everyone who wants a job can get one in Highland Park. And the residents command high salaries ($189,485 a year combined income), and live in big fancy homes ($1,253,600 each).
We’re not saying money is why these cities are the ‘best’ in Texas. What we’re implying is that money means safety and peace of mind. And there’s nothing wrong with that.
The tiny town of Terrell Hills may not remain tiny forever. The word has been out for a long, long time about how special this place is.
The residents are heavily involved in making their community even more awesome, and as many Texas residents know, Terrell Hills is a great central spot for making the most of life.
Trophy Club is another great city in Texas with a low unemployment rate and where residents earn high salaries.
Said one reviewer on City-Data.com: ” We feel incredibly safe in Trophy Club. The houses and neighborhoods are beautiful, the people are friendly, and it’s wonderful to have such good neighbors. People watch out for each other here, they teach their children to be respectful of others and things.”
Well, I guess technically 3.0% of Coppell residents who want to have a job can’t find one, so not everyone has a job, but it’s the 19th 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, Coppell also ranked well for crime (34th) and median income ($114,839).
Things can’t get much better than in the town of Colleyville. The crime is the 3rd lowest in the entire state, and the residents who live in Colleyville make huge salaries, and almost all of them have great jobs.
The median home costs a cool $432,600 and households make $162,183 which is good for 7th in Texas.
Keller is by far one of the best places to live in Texas: the math proves it! This city has the 33rd lowest unemployment rate and the 14th highest median income in all of Texas.
Plus, the median home values are the 18th highest in the state. And if all of that isn’t enough to convince you, then check this out: their crime rate is the 5th lowest in the state, making Keller a safe and great place to live.
Allen has it made. In fact, according to science, it’s one of the best places to live in the state of Texas.
The unemployment rate is the 58th lowest in the state at 4.3%, and residents make a pretty penny. Median incomes are $102,215, and the average cost of a home is $234,600. Which is an indication that lots of people want to live here.
We wouldn’t be surprised if more and more publications call Allen one of America’s gems.
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 2018.
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
|1||West University Place||15,318|
|18||Fair Oaks Ranch||8,582|
|58||North Richland Hills||67,994|