These Are The 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.

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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.

Err.

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 in to the big city.

West University Place is the perfect example of this as it’s a small suburb outside of Houston that has everything you’d could ever want, but without the cosntant 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 how the details behind the rankings and a closer look at the top ten end 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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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.

The 10 Best Places To Live In Texas For 2019

West University Place, TX

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

10
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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)
More on West University Place: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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, TX

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8
/10

Population: 24,346
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $1,102,500 (2nd best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.6% (36th best)
More on University Park: Real Estate | Data | Photos

You might be surprised to see the Town of University Park so high on the list. Unless you live in University Park.

The unemployment rate here is really low, and at 3.6%, University Park residents are some of the hardest working in the state of Texas. When you factor in high home prices, high incomes and low crime, University Park is doing quite well.

Let’s be honest — University Park is the kind of place you brag to your friends on Facebook about.

Bellaire, TX

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 18,140
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $770,500 (4th best)
Unemployment Rate: 2.1% (9th best)
More on Bellaire: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Bellaire makes a case for being one of the best places to live in Texas mainly because of a low crime rate and a higher than average household income level.

And when school spending is higher than the national average and only 2.1% of folks are jobless, you can bet Bellaire residents are glad to live where they do.

Highland Park, TX

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8
/10

Population: 8,986
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $1,253,600 (1st best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.4% (118th best)
More on Highland Park: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Highland Park isn’t just the nicest place to live in Texas – it’s also the one of the fastest growing places in the state. And with good reason.

It’s got the 118th lowest unemployment rate, the 3rd highest adjusted income, and rates above most places in education.

When you’re looking at science and data, Highland Park definitely deserves a spot on the list for 2019.

Terrell Hills, TX

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10
/10

Population: 5,190
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $635,100 (5th best)
Unemployment Rate: 2.0% (6th best)
More on Terrell Hills: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Terrell Hills’s unemployment rates are some of the lowest in the state and the median income is the 6th highest, making Terrell Hills a great place to work and settle down if you’re look for a stable job with a stable income.

Additionally, Terrell Hills has above average education and low crime, making this place a safe place to live.

Trophy Club, TX

Source: Town of Trophy Club
Overall SnackAbility

10
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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)
More on Trophy Club: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Trophy Club 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 Trophy Club 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 Trophy Club residents to work is significantly higher than average.

Coppell, TX

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10
/10

Population: 40,631
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $317,900 (17th best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.0% (19th best)
More on Coppell: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Coppell ranks 7th on our list of best places to live in Texas thanks to its low unemployment and high adjusted median income.

Additionally, its crime rate ranks in the lowest 10% of all places in Texas that we examined.

People have been flocking to Coppell over the past years. Goes to show that everyone wants in on this great community.

Colleyville, TX

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 24,982
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $432,600 (10th best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.2% (26th best)
More on Colleyville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

It’s obvious why Colleyville ranks 8th in the state for best places to live: they have the 26th lowest unemployment rate and the 10th highest home values.

Plus, they’re known for their quality education and relatively low crime, making Colleyville a great place to live.

Keller, TX

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 44,250
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $311,700 (18th best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.5% (33rd best)
More on Keller: Real Estate | Data | Photos

In Keller, everyone loves to call Keller home! The median home value is the 18th highest in Texas.

Additionally, the unemployment rate is the 33rd lowest in the state. and the crime rates are some of the lowest in Lone Star State.

Allen, TX

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 94,710
Rank Last Year: 15 (Up 5)
Median Home Value: $234,600 (32nd best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.3% (58th best)
More on Allen: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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!

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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Detailed List Of 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
11 Woodway 8,708 1.8% $198,500
12 Flower Mound 69,966 4.0% $292,600
13 Alamo Heights 7,814 4.9% $513,900
14 Southlake 29,101 3.3% $586,400
15 Murphy 20,015 5.2% $304,100
16 Hewitt 14,128 3.0% $142,900
17 Frisco 145,646 3.9% $300,900
18 Fair Oaks Ranch 8,582 2.4% $421,000
19 Cibolo 25,256 5.9% $206,900
20 Sachse 23,329 3.6% $184,200
21 Cedar Park 63,551 4.5% $230,900
22 Mansfield 63,141 4.0% $204,800
23 Friendswood 38,272 5.3% $241,700
24 Sugar Land 85,681 5.0% $283,400
25 Plano 279,088 4.8% $248,800
26 Seabrook 13,038 3.8% $199,800
27 Fate 9,234 3.5% $195,500
28 Mckinney 156,821 3.5% $228,500
29 Helotes 8,329 2.0% $273,000
30 Corinth 20,764 4.9% $191,500
31 Lakeway 13,662 5.7% $403,800
32 Melissa 6,844 2.2% $193,100
33 Pearland 106,238 4.5% $194,200
34 Buda 11,936 4.4% $201,500
35 Heath 7,992 5.8% $407,000
36 Prosper 15,236 2.5% $378,700
37 Wylie 45,655 5.1% $163,500
38 Portland 16,144 2.2% $149,800
39 Fairview 8,235 6.2% $331,900
40 Pflugerville 55,712 4.5% $183,500
41 Richardson 108,350 5.6% $209,500
42 Lake Jackson 27,407 4.4% $148,700
43 Nederland 17,132 5.1% $126,600
44 Benbrook 22,403 3.9% $147,000
45 Little Elm 35,553 4.9% $177,100
46 Leander 36,204 5.8% $180,700
47 Bedford 48,864 5.2% $169,700
48 The Colony 40,757 6.3% $159,400
49 Bee Cave 5,802 6.9% $518,200
50 Celina 7,236 2.6% $255,200
51 Grapevine 50,538 3.3% $258,400
52 Lumberton 12,306 3.0% $160,000
53 Round Rock 112,767 6.3% $192,500
54 Hutto 21,241 7.5% $153,000
55 Rockwall 41,672 4.7% $205,700
56 Iowa Park 6,390 0.6% $82,200
57 Rowlett 59,203 6.7% $168,500
58 North Richland Hills 67,994 4.8% $160,200
59 Whitehouse 8,069 3.0% $153,600
60 Georgetown 59,436 5.6% $222,300
61 Robinson 11,344 4.4% $145,900
62 Roanoke 7,055 3.1% $216,900
63 Schertz 37,597 4.4% $179,000
64 Canyon 14,533 3.2% $154,900
65 Carrollton 129,266 4.5% $183,100
66 Port Neches 12,794 5.8% $142,900
67 Saginaw 21,680 6.1% $130,000
68 Live Oak 15,021 4.3% $123,500
69 Midlothian 21,530 3.5% $162,900
70 Anna 10,335 3.9% $155,500
71 Kyle 34,080 4.7% $158,400
72 Deer Park 33,517 8.5% $141,200
73 Forney 16,842 4.8% $160,400
74 Burleson 41,962 5.4% $143,900
75 Manvel 7,402 2.0% $167,400
76 Fredericksburg 10,997 7.4% $246,200
77 Midland 128,051 4.0% $182,300
78 Selma 8,866 3.4% $164,800
79 Addison 15,363 4.3% $307,300
80 New Braunfels 67,097 4.4% $177,200
81 Boerne 13,066 5.4% $225,600
82 Euless 53,675 6.0% $159,400
83 Sanger 7,595 3.4% $108,100
84 Alpine 5,973 6.3% $110,200
85 Weatherford 28,284 3.9% $145,500
86 Watauga 24,322 6.5% $109,500
87 Windcrest 5,709 7.9% $171,800
88 College Station 104,684 5.9% $192,700
89 La Porte 34,922 7.1% $126,500
90 Lewisville 102,327 4.9% $161,700
91 Farmers Branch 32,211 5.6% $152,000
92 Lake Dallas 7,575 6.7% $150,800
93 Converse 21,169 6.7% $133,300
94 Seminole 7,239 3.8% $94,400
95 Snyder 11,541 5.4% $87,500
96 Harker Heights 28,716 9.8% $167,500
97 Austin 907,779 5.0% $257,800
98 Dumas 14,963 4.6% $106,800
99 Crowley 14,453 8.3% $120,500
100 Kennedale 7,413 5.3% $170,900

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5 thoughts on “These Are The 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.

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