THE 10 BEST Places To Live In Texas For 2020

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

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the best places to live in Texas.

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 334 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 2020. 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.

West University Place is the perfect example -- it's a small suburb outside of Houston that has everything you'd could ever want, but without the constant 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 the details behind the rankings and a closer look at the top ten cities being featured in our Friday Night Lights for 2020.

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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The 10 Best Places To Live In Texas For 2020

West University Place, TX

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Population: 15,619
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $1,055,000 (3rd best)
Unemployment Rate: 2.9% (34th best)
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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 highest salaries in the entire state. Perhaps they can just pay for their own football program.

University Park, TX

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Population: 24,954
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $1,230,200 (2nd best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.4% (51st best)
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The crime is the 46th lowest in the state in University Park, and there were only 5 violent crimes in the entire city last year. We think it's even safer here than the numbers indicate.

The schools are some of the best in Texas, and residents live in very expensive homes. They also earn more than most every other city in the state. Residents in University Park earn $214,477 a year.

Terrell Hills, TX

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Population: 5,330
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $495,700 (9th best)
Unemployment Rate: 1.2% (3rd best)
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Taking a similar route to the top ten as many others on this list, Terrell Hills ranked highly for adjusted median income (6th), crime (20th), and unemployment (3rd).

With a population of 5,330 it was one of the smaller in the top ten and its government website actually goes to pains to say that it's a "community though not a city".

But don't listen to what they say people of Terrell Hills, you can be anything you want.

Highland Park, TX

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Population: 9,145
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $1,440,400 (1st best)
Unemployment Rate: 2.3% (14th best)
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The Town of Highland Park consistently ranks as one of the best places to live. There aren't any surprises here. Which probably adds credibility to our data, right?

Let's see why Highland Park ranks so high. First of all, the homes in Highland Park are the most expensive in the state of Texas, with the average home worth a whopping $1,440,400. We're not elitists, nor are we saying that big homes means a better place to live. But price reflects demand, and simply put, a lot of people want to live in Highland Park if they can afford it.

Other numbers that stand out: Highland Park residents have the 4th highest income in the state, and the 165th lowest crime numbers in Texas.

Bellaire, TX

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Population: 18,733
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $838,800 (4th best)
Unemployment Rate: 2.4% (16th best)
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Bellaire has a really low crime rate (8lowest) and only 2.4% of the people are unemployed. Additionally, residents here have high paying jobs ($201,629). And that goes a long way.

The population is growing at a steady clip, and the cost of living is lower than it should be. So people have an extra incentive to live in Bellaire.

Trophy Club, TX

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Population: 11,790
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $376,800 (16th best)
Unemployment Rate: 2.5% (23rd best)
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Trophy Club comes in at a close 6th. They have the 23rd lowest unemployment rate in the state and the 11th highest median income as well, which means the people in Trophy Club are working and getting paid well.

Additionally, the median home value is the 16th best in the state.

Alamo Heights, TX

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Population: 8,193
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $579,900 (6th best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.8% (82nd best)
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If you don't have a job in Alamo Heights, you're most likely not trying very hard. The unemployment rate here is almost as low as you can get -- 3.8%. 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 $132,313.

That's actually not a bad idea...

Coppell, TX

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Population: 41,512
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $368,800 (18th best)
Unemployment Rate: 2.5% (21st best)
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Who wouldn't want to live in a place where there's low crime and everyone is rich? That's the case with Coppell.

Things are looking peachy keen here. The unemployment rate is the 2lowest in Texas and the median income comes in at $123,802.

This is the kind of place you brag to your friends on Facebook about.

Colleyville, TX

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Population: 26,037
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 2)
Median Home Value: $488,900 (10th best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.2% (43rd best)
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The Colleyville has the 43rd lowest unemployment rate in Texas. The population growth here has been 8% over the last 15 years, meaning a lot of people want to live here. If they can afford it; the cost of living in Colleyville is higher than the national average and households make $175,369 per year.

We'd move to Colleyville if we could in a heart beat.

Keller, TX

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Population: 46,175
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $355,300 (21st best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.1% (41st best)
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Things can't get much better than in the town of Keller. The crime is the 14th lowest in the entire state, and the residents who live in Keller make huge salaries, and almost all of them have great jobs.

The median home costs a cool $355,300 and households make $133,266 which is good for 15th in Texas.

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 935,755 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 334 cities, 580 towns, and 518 small towns.

We then decided, no matter how much anyone loves their town, the best cities to live in Texas 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 334, 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. You can download the data here.

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.

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 2020.

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. Port Arthur (Pop. 55,249)
  2. Robstown (Pop. 11,494)
  3. Hutchins (Pop. 5,726)

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Where Are The Best Places To Live In Texas?

Rank City Population Unemployment Rate Home Value
1 West University Place 15,619 2.9% $1,055,000
2 University Park 24,954 3.4% $1,230,200
3 Terrell Hills 5,330 1.2% $495,700
4 Highland Park 9,145 2.3% $1,440,400
5 Bellaire 18,733 2.4% $838,800
6 Trophy Club 11,790 2.5% $376,800
7 Alamo Heights 8,193 3.8% $579,900
8 Coppell 41,512 2.5% $368,800
9 Colleyville 26,037 3.2% $488,900
10 Keller 46,175 3.1% $355,300

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About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.

10 thoughts on “THE 10 BEST Places To Live In Texas For 2020

  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.

  5. West University Place is not located outside of Houston. Located west of Rice University, West U is surrounded by the city of Houston.

  6. Well those of us from here are hopeful y’all all stay where your at.
    When or if it turns blue will be a lot of yanks and Cali people in trouble being here. We’ve got asshats on the highways now slowing traffic like in c Ali and up north we’ve never had a slow car sit in fast lane here people move. Lots of bad habits moving to Texas already but as they say in Texas more than one way to skin a cat. So we built a functioning state beyond Cali go change your own state I’m 4th generation Texas people we don’t like interlopers friendly has started to change and not cause of us. We’ve got millions of pieces of crap here already. I had to shoot a at a few of em already stay put

  7. Oh I see you don’t want truth on there if you don’t post it that’s the facts we hate yanks and Cali people here don’t need em don’t want em.

  8. West University is a “small suburb outside of Houston!”
    West U is two miles from downtown Houston to the North and two miles from the Texas Medical Center to the South.
    It is COMPLETELY SURROUNDED by Houston Texas!
    Traffic is terrible even late into the night. And home prices are 3-4 times what they are just five miles away in Southwest Houston.
    It’s a very nice place for very upscale living. Better bring a huge monthly paycheck to afford living there though!
    It is an older community with beautiful old oaks and walled mansions everywhere.
    And Rice University right in the middle. Crime is no problem.
    (Unless it’s white collar!)

  9. Are you crazy? This list is not only full of inaccuracies but it’s not even correct. Just goes to show that statistics only tell you so much. How bout actually visiting these places before you tell people they’re the best. Lmfao

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