These Are The 10 Best Places To Live In Texas For 2018


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

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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:

  1. West University Place (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. University Park (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Bellaire (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Highland Park (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Terrell Hills (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Trophy Club (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Coppell (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Colleyville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Keller (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. 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.

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

For more Texas reading, check out:

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

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

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 University Place, TX

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

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

Overall SnackAbility

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

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, 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 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.

Highland Park, TX

Overall SnackAbility

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

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, TX

Overall SnackAbility

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 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.”

Enough said.

Trophy Club, TX

Source: Town of Trophy Club
Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

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

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.

Coppell, TX

Overall SnackAbility

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

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, 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

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, 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

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.

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

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

  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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3 thoughts on “These Are The 10 Best Places To Live In Texas For 2018

  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

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