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)
  2. University Park (Photos)
  3. Bellaire (Photos)
  4. Highland Park (Photos)
  5. Terrell Hills (Photos)
  6. Trophy Club (Photos)
  7. Coppell (Photos)
  8. Colleyville (Photos)
  9. Keller (Photos)
  10. Allen (Photos)

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.

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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, 592 towns, and 761 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.

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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.

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1. West University Place

West University Place, Texas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 15,318
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Home Values: $917,800 (3rd best)
Unemployment Rate: 2.7% (16th best)
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.

2. University Park

University Park, Texas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 24,346
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Home Values: $1,102,500 (2nd best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.6% (36th best)
The Town of University 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 University Park ranks so high. First of all, the homes in University Park are the 2nd most expensive in the state of Texas, with the average home worth a whopping $1,102,500. 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 University Park if they can afford it.

Other numbers that stand out: University Park residents have the 2nd highest income in the state, and the 31st lowest crime numbers in Texas.

3. Bellaire

Bellaire, Texas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 18,140
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Home Values: $770,500 (4th best)
Unemployment Rate: 2.1% (9th best)
In Bellaire, everyone loves to call Bellaire home! The median home value is the 4th highest in Texas.

Additionally, the unemployment rate is the 9th lowest in the state. and the crime rates are some of the lowest in Lone Star State.

Bellaire should consider renaming to Paradise Valley in our humble opinion.

4. Highland Park

Highland Park, Texas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,986
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1)
Home Values: $1,253,600 (1st best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.4% (118th best)
It’s obvious why Highland Park ranks 4th in the state for best places to live: they have the 118th lowest unemployment rate and the 1st highest home values.

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

5. Terrell Hills


Population: 5,190
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 1)
Home Values: $635,100 (5th best)
Unemployment Rate: 2.0% (6th best)
Who doesn’t want to live inTerrell Hills? Because, according to the data, most everyone should want to.

Crime is lower than the state average, and the unemployment rate sits at only 2.0%. The school systems are generally well funded, meaning lots of personal attention for area kids.

Expect to see more of Terrell Hills in the news in the coming months.

6. Trophy Club


Population: 10,987
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Home Values: $328,800 (16th best)
Unemployment Rate: 2.0% (6th best)
Who doesn’t want to live inTrophy Club? Because, according to the data, most everyone should want to.

Crime is lower than the state average, and the unemployment rate sits at only 2.0%. The school systems are generally well funded, meaning lots of personal attention for area kids.

Expect to see more of Trophy Club in the news in the coming months.

7. Coppell

Coppell, Texas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 40,631
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 2)
Home Values: $317,900 (17th best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.0% (19th best)
When you’re looking at the best places you could live in Texas, Coppell came in 7th. Let’s see why.

It has a low unemployment rate and high incomes.

Plus, Coppell has an impressive history for a place of just over 40,631 people. The median home costs a cool $317,900 and households make $114,839 which is good for 18th in Texas.

8. Colleyville

Colleyville, Texas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 24,982
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 2)
Home Values: $432,600 (10th best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.2% (25th best)
Colleyville has been called one of the best small towns in America. If you live here, you’re most likely already aware of how great it is to live there.

Just about everyone who wants a job in Colleyville has one; the unemployment rate is hovering at about 3.2% and lowering. And the Colleyville police department is doing a solid job, as crime is the 3rd lowest in the state here.

Who wouldn’t want to live in a place like this?

9. Keller

Keller, Texas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 44,250
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 2)
Home Values: $311,700 (18th best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.5% (33rd best)
It’s obvious why Keller ranks 9th in the state for best places to live: they have the 33rd lowest unemployment rate and the 18th highest home values.

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

10. Allen

Allen, Texas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 94,710
Rank Last Year: 15 (Up 5)
Home Values: $234,600 (32nd best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.3% (57th best)
If you don’t have a job in Allen, you’re most likely not trying very hard. The unemployment rate here is almost as low as you can get — 4.3%. 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 $102,215.

That’s actually not a bad idea…

Wrapping Up The Best Of The Best 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. Zarate (Pop. 20)
  2. Los Arrieros (Pop. 45)
  3. Sunset Valley (Pop. 801)
  4. Hilshire Village (Pop. 852)
  5. Highland Haven (Pop. 561)
  6. Sunset CDP (Starr (Pop. 15)
  7. Boys Ranch (Pop. 357)
  8. Westover Hills (Pop. 578)
  9. Falman (Pop. 176)
  10. Las Palmas (Pop. 23)

If you’re curious enough, here are the worst places to live in Texas:

  1. Cleveland (Pop. 7,879)
  2. Port Arthur (Pop. 54,913)
  3. Donna (Pop. 16,349)

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Detailed List Of The Best Cities In Texas

City Rank Previous Rank Population Unemployment Rate Home Value
West University Place 1 1 15,318 2.7% $917,800
University Park 2 2 24,346 3.6% $1,102,500
Bellaire 3 3 18,140 2.1% $770,500
Highland Park 4 5 8,986 5.4% $1,253,600
Terrell Hills 5 4 5,190 2.0% $635,100
Trophy Club 6 6 10,987 2.0% $328,800
Coppell 7 9 40,631 3.0% $317,900
Colleyville 8 10 24,982 3.2% $432,600
Keller 9 11 44,250 3.5% $311,700
Allen 10 15 94,710 4.3% $234,600
Woodway 11 7 8,708 1.8% $198,500
Flower Mound 12 14 69,966 4.0% $292,600
Alamo Heights 13 8 7,814 4.9% $513,900
Southlake 14 16 29,101 3.3% $586,400
Murphy 15 17 20,015 5.2% $304,100
Hewitt 16 12 14,128 3.0% $142,900
Frisco 17 18 145,646 3.9% $300,900
Fair Oaks Ranch 18 19 8,582 2.4% $421,000
Cibolo 19 13 25,256 5.9% $206,900
Sachse 20 27 23,329 3.6% $184,200
Cedar Park 21 26 63,551 4.5% $230,900
Mansfield 22 32 63,141 4.0% $204,800
Friendswood 23 21 38,272 5.3% $241,700
Sugar Land 24 22 85,681 5.0% $283,400
Plano 25 23 279,088 4.8% $248,800
Seabrook 26 20 13,038 3.8% $199,800
Fate 27 42 9,234 3.5% $195,500
Mckinney 28 38 156,821 3.5% $228,500
Helotes 29 25 8,329 2.0% $273,000
Corinth 30 33 20,764 4.9% $191,500
Lakeway 31 29 13,662 5.7% $403,800
Melissa 32 24 6,844 2.2% $193,100
Pearland 33 34 106,238 4.5% $194,200
Buda 34 46 11,936 4.4% $201,500
Heath 35 28 7,992 5.8% $407,000
Prosper 36 41 15,236 2.5% $378,700
Wylie 37 43 45,655 5.1% $163,500
Portland 38 40 16,144 2.2% $149,800
Fairview 39 36 8,235 6.2% $331,900
Pflugerville 40 31 55,712 4.5% $183,500
Richardson 41 37 108,350 5.6% $209,500
Lake Jackson 42 39 27,407 4.4% $148,700
Nederland 43 60 17,132 5.1% $126,600
Benbrook 44 49 22,403 3.9% $147,000
Little Elm 45 48 35,553 4.9% $177,100
Leander 46 64 36,204 5.8% $180,700
Bedford 47 53 48,864 5.2% $169,700
The Colony 48 58 40,757 6.3% $159,400
Bee Cave 49 69 5,802 6.9% $518,200
Celina 50 66 7,236 2.6% $255,200
Grapevine 51 35 50,538 3.3% $258,400
Lumberton 52 62 12,306 3.0% $160,000
Round Rock 53 46 112,767 6.3% $192,500
Hutto 54 44 21,241 7.5% $153,000
Rockwall 55 51 41,672 4.7% $205,700
Iowa Park 56 96 6,390 0.6% $82,200
Rowlett 57 59 59,203 6.7% $168,500
North Richland Hills 58 61 67,994 4.8% $160,200
Whitehouse 59 30 8,069 3.0% $153,600
Georgetown 60 55 59,436 5.6% $222,300
Robinson 61 52 11,344 4.4% $145,900
Roanoke 62 88 7,055 3.1% $216,900
Schertz 63 54 37,597 4.4% $179,000
Canyon 64 56 14,533 3.2% $154,900
Carrollton 65 67 129,266 4.5% $183,100
Port Neches 66 68 12,794 5.8% $142,900
Saginaw 67 65 21,680 6.1% $130,000
Live Oak 68 81 15,021 4.3% $123,500
Midlothian 69 71 21,530 3.5% $162,900
Anna 70 95 10,335 3.9% $155,500
Kyle 71 63 34,080 4.7% $158,400
Deer Park 72 57 33,517 8.5% $141,200
Forney 73 83 16,842 4.8% $160,400
Burleson 74 73 41,962 5.4% $143,900
Manvel 75 91 7,402 2.0% $167,400
Fredericksburg 76 50 10,997 7.4% $246,200
Midland 77 77 128,051 4.0% $182,300
Selma 78 45 8,866 3.4% $164,800
Addison 79 74 15,363 4.3% $307,300
New Braunfels 80 90 67,097 4.4% $177,200
Boerne 81 75 13,066 5.4% $225,600
Euless 82 72 53,675 6.0% $159,400
Sanger 83 92 7,595 3.4% $108,100
Alpine 84 70 5,973 6.3% $110,200
Weatherford 85 97 28,284 3.9% $145,500
Watauga 86 86 24,322 6.5% $109,500
Windcrest 87 79 5,709 7.9% $171,800
College Station 88 76 104,684 5.9% $192,700
La Porte 89 87 34,922 7.1% $126,500
Lewisville 90 85 102,327 4.9% $161,700
Farmers Branch 91 82 32,211 5.6% $152,000
Lake Dallas 92 94 7,575 6.7% $150,800
Converse 93 78 21,169 6.7% $133,300
Seminole 94 80 7,239 3.8% $94,400
Snyder 95 117 11,541 5.4% $87,500
Harker Heights 96 100 28,716 9.8% $167,500
Austin 97 102 907,779 5.0% $257,800
Dumas 98 128 14,963 4.6% $106,800
Crowley 99 110 14,453 8.3% $120,500
Kennedale 100 114 7,413 5.3% $170,900

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2 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??

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