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 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 $1,102,500 and households earn a median salary of $198,438. One could get used to that.
Bellaire comes in at a close 3rd. They have the 9th lowest unemployment rate in the state and the 5th highest median income as well, which means the people in Bellaire are working and getting paid well.
Additionally, the median home value is the 4th best in the state.
Perhaps what makes Highland Park so amazing is the high emphasis they put on quality education: they have one of the highest rate of education at attainment for adults.
However, quality education isn’t all that makes Highland Park great. They also have the 3rd highest median income and the 42nd shortest commute time.
Terrell Hills 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 Terrell Hills. 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.”
At an unemployment rate of 2.0%, everyone who wants a job can get one in Trophy Club. And the residents command high salaries ($133,457 a year combined income), and live in big fancy homes ($328,800 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.
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).
Colleyville has some of the most employed as well as the highest earning residents in the entire state of Texas. Factor in a very low crime rate, and this Colleyville is a real gem.
With high incomes comes a high cost of living, which can been seen in the home prices. Additionally, the commute time for Colleyville residents to work is significantly higher than average.
Keller 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\Keller had the 14th highest household median income adjusted for cost of living at $122,292.
Not to mention that its residents have plenty to do on the weekends.
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 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
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