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 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.
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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 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.
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.
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 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 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’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 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 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.
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.
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.
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
- 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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