These Are The 10 Best Plano Suburbs For 2019

We analyzed over 69 places around Plano to identify the most in demand places to live.

Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2019. This is our fourth time ranking the best Plano suburbs.

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Big city living isn’t for everyone–but at the same time, urban areas certainly have their perks.

There’s the culture, the food, the arts, the food, the energy, and you know, the food. But there are drawbacks. There’s traffic, expensive parking, expensive housing–pretty much, expensive everything, depending on which big city you’re looking at.

But that’s where the suburbs come in–they have all of the benefits of being near big cities, without actually having to be big cities.

Of course, not all suburbs of Plano are created equally, which is precisely why we set out to find the best ones. So without further ado…

If you happen to be a resident of University Park, you’re probably not too surprised to find it on the top our list.

We’ll tell you what makes each of these 10 Plano ‘burbs better than the rest–but first, a bit about our methodology.

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Editor’s Note: If you see a slight difference between the best in state rankings and this suburb ranking, it’s because of the methodology. We needed a way to include more places, so we eliminated crime and commute times as criteria for this analysis.

How We Determined The Best Suburbs Around Plano for 2019

Figuring out the best ‘burbs around Plano was pretty simple; we just needed to list several things that people like, and then find out which cities have the most of those things.

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible:

  • Low unemployment rate
  • High Median household incomes
  • Population density (lots of things to do)
  • High home values
  • A lot of college educated people
  • Low poverty
  • High rate of insured families

Then we used the newest American Community Survey data (2013-2017) to research each suburb.

FYI: We defined a suburb as being within 30 miles of Plano.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have over 2,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 70 suburbs to evaluate around Plano.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 70 in each category, where 1 was the “best.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each place to create a quality of life index.

And finally, we crowned the city with the best quality of life index the “Best Suburb near Plano.” We’re lookin’ at you, University Park.

Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in the best of the best. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the suburbs ranked from best to worst.

University Park, TX

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Population: 24,692
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $211,741
Unemployment Rate: 3.1%
Poverty Rate: 3.9%
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University Park is always mentioned as one of the best suburbs in the Plano area. We’ll tell you the good about “Awesome University Park.”

Everyone here is rich; families average $211,741 a year, which is the 1st highest in the Plano region. And only 3.1% are out of work. Homes average more than $1,193,800 each.

Highland Park, TX

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Population: 9,071
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 3)
Median Income: $200,208
Unemployment Rate: 4.7%
Poverty Rate: 3.1%
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Highland Park is the second best ‘burb we looked at near Plano for 2019.

It ranks 3rd for incomes in the area and only 2.7% of residents lack insurance, good for 3rd best.

Southlake, TX

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Population: 30,090
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Median Income: $207,917
Unemployment Rate: 3.1%
Poverty Rate: 2.0%
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Here in Southlake, it’s really safe, and residents are just about as rich as you’ll see in the Plano metro area.

The bad side? Schools are more crowded, and the cost of living puts a large part of the city out of reach for most families.

But price is based on demand and a lot of people want to live in Southlake.

Trophy Club, TX

Source: Town of Trophy Club
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Population: 11,436
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 2)
Median Income: $139,156
Unemployment Rate: 2.4%
Poverty Rate: 2.5%
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Trophy Club ranks as the 4th best suburb of Plano for 2019.

You won’t find many better places to raise your kids in the region than in Trophy Club and the schools are some of the best around.

Colleyville, TX

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Population: 25,557
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 2)
Median Income: $164,682
Unemployment Rate: 3.3%
Poverty Rate: 2.2%
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Coming in as the fifth best is Colleyville.

Colleyville gets kudos for having the 8th most expensive homes in the Plano area, where houses sell for an average of $456,100. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

6. Highland

Highland Location In Utah

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Population: 17,952
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Median Income: $128,938
Unemployment Rate: 4.2%
Poverty Rate: 3.3%
More on Highland: Real Estate

Highland is proud of its 6th place finish on this list. And here’s why.

Most residents have great jobs and the unemployment rate sits at 4.2% which is 31st best in the area.

According to online reports, Highland is quickly becoming one of the more affluent suburbs in the Plano area, meaning you need to get in soon.

Argyle, TX

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Population: 3,865
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 4)
Median Income: $117,371
Unemployment Rate: 0.7%
Poverty Rate: 2.2%
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The 7th best suburb on our list goes to Argyle.

Argyle schools are some of the best in the region, and crime is really low. The cost of living makes it a lot more desirable for many families, especially first-time home buyers.

And, it’s only 25.2 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

Flower Mound, TX

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Population: 71,575
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 2)
Median Income: $128,426
Unemployment Rate: 3.6%
Poverty Rate: 2.7%
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Flower Mound is growing quickly, and for a good reason. Crime is far below average, and most residents are gainfully employed. Even the cost of living is reasonable.

A solid 4.1% of people lack insurance, good for 9th in the area.

Coppell, TX

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Population: 41,138
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 1)
Median Income: $119,936
Unemployment Rate: 3.1%
Poverty Rate: 4.2%
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Is ‘Everything Better In Coppell?’


It placed 9th on our list thanks to the fact that it’s really expensive to live here, but the schools are great, so you get what you pay for in that regard.

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Population: 3,053
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 2)
Median Income: $138,333
Unemployment Rate: 4.0%
Poverty Rate: 4.2%
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And rounding out the top ten for 2019 is Double Oak.

This city is far above average in every category, and the best part? It’s far more affordable than the other cities listed above. So, you get a big bang for your buck here.

Welcome to the Best Plano ‘Burbs of 2019

We said it once and we’ll say it again–life in the big city isn’t for everyone. At least not all the time.

So if you’re hankering for some of the amenities of a larger city like Plano, but don’t want to deal with the drawbacks, one of these suburbs might just be for you.

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Detailed List Of The Best Plano Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income
1 University Park 24,692 $211,741
2 Highland Park 9,071 $200,208
3 Southlake 30,090 $207,917
4 Trophy Club 11,436 $139,156
5 Colleyville 25,557 $164,682
6 Highland 17,952 $128,938
7 Argyle 3,865 $117,371
8 Flower Mound 71,575 $128,426
9 Coppell 41,138 $119,936
10 Double Oak 3,053 $138,333
11 Keller 45,357 $126,013
12 Prosper 17,107 $133,971
13 Fate 10,339 $102,426
14 Heath 8,153 $153,253
15 Copper Canyon 2,277 $127,576
16 Frisco 155,363 $120,701
17 Murphy 20,361 $128,519
18 Allen 96,865 $104,132
19 Melissa 7,682 $104,390
20 Sunnyvale 6,077 $137,721
21 Lavon 2,832 $81,979
22 Fairview 8,473 $78,221
23 Providence 7,173 $73,056
24 Northlake 2,288 $68,125
25 Celina 7,910 $96,139
26 Sachse 24,303 $97,759
27 Corinth 20,908 $91,336
28 Shady Shores 2,834 $103,313
29 Oak Point 3,503 $91,250
30 Bartonville 2,038 $139,250
31 Addison 15,455 $73,813
32 Mckinney 164,760 $87,608
33 Bedford 49,082 $64,933
34 Hickory Creek 4,326 $98,893
35 Parker 4,388 $136,557
36 Lucas 6,870 $151,188
37 Grapevine 51,733 $83,675
38 Rockwall 42,316 $92,665
39 The Colony 41,388 $76,613
40 Little Elm 39,471 $93,094
41 Richardson 111,055 $76,719
42 Rowlett 60,357 $90,391
43 Roanoke 7,442 $67,218
44 Anna 11,318 $84,223
45 Carrollton 131,240 $73,218
46 Wylie 47,855 $88,450
47 Forney 17,793 $80,160
48 Hackberry 2,246 $92,727
49 Farmers Branch 33,808 $65,810
50 Euless 54,135 $60,558
51 Lake Dallas 7,716 $72,722
52 Aubrey 3,126 $65,547
53 Lewisville 103,638 $59,964
54 Lakewood 59,102 $47,636
55 Hurst 38,813 $58,871
56 Farmersville 3,440 $50,580
57 Princeton 8,947 $57,374
58 Irving 235,648 $58,196
59 Van Alstyne 3,437 $60,848
60 Duncanville 39,636 $53,222
61 Grand Prairie 188,664 $62,589
62 Denton 131,097 $52,164
63 Garland 235,965 $55,637
64 Dallas 1,300,122 $47,285
65 Mesquite 144,118 $52,167
66 Cockrell Hill 4,273 $47,857
67 Seagoville 16,089 $45,981
68 Balch Springs 25,236 $45,308
69 Pilot Point 4,246 $47,261
70 Hutchins 5,691 $37,582

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.