These Are The 20 Best Small Towns In Texas For 2019


We used science and data to determine which small towns in Texas are the best of the best.

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You’ve seen these lists before: Best places to live in Texas, Most Beautiful Downtowns, etc., etc. But all of them focus on major cities and towns in the Lone Star State and no one pays attention to the little guy.

Well, that’s all about to change as we put together a list of the best small towns in Texas based on numbers–not opinions or hearsay.

We’ll dive right into our methodology in the next section; but first, we thought you might just want to know which places in Texas ranked the based–you know, based on science.

Before we get to the top 20, here’s a look at the 10 Best Small Towns To Live in Texas for 2019:

  1. Rollingwood (Homes For Sale)
  2. Spring Valley Village (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Southside Place (Homes For Sale)
  4. Bunker Hill Village (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Meadowlakes (Homes For Sale)
  6. Olmos Park (Homes For Sale)
  7. Hunters Creek Village (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Piney Point Village (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Ransom Canyon (Homes For Sale)
  10. Palm Valley (Homes For Sale)

If you live in one of these small towns like Rollingwood, chances are, you’re not surprised. After all, you know how great you have it.

But for the rest of you–keep reading and we’ll get to just why these small towns made our list.

For more reading on the Lone Star State check out:

How We Determined The Coolest Towns In Texas

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using the most recent data from the Census’s 2012-2016 American Community Survey and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, this is the criteria we used:

  • Population Density (Higher is better)
  • Lowest Unemployment Rates
  • Housing costs (Higher is better. More demand.)
  • Adjusted Median Income (Higher is better)
  • Highly Educated Adults (Higher is better)
  • Insurance Rates (Higher is better)
  • Commute Times (Lower is better)

We looked at places with populations lower than 5,000 people and greater than 1,000, of which, there were a lot – 570 to be exact.

We then ranked each place in each category with scores from 1 to 570, averaged them out, and the lowest scores went to our Best Small Towns in Texas. Top of that list — Rollingwood.

Keep reading to find out more about our top 20 best small towns in Texas.

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 1,565
Median Income: $185,568 (7th Best)
Median Home Value: $937,100 (8th Best)
More on Rollingwood: Data | Homes For Sale

Spring Valley Village, TX

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 4,175
Median Income: $194,271 (6th Best)
Median Home Value: $671,600 (12th Best)
More on Spring Valley Village: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 1,704
Median Income: $167,813 (9th Best)
Median Home Value: $1,184,600 (5th Best)
More on Southside Place: Data | Homes For Sale

Bunker Hill Village, TX

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 3,936
Median Income: $246,058 (4th Best)
Median Home Value: $1,355,100 (4th Best)
More on Bunker Hill Village: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 2,323
Median Income: $86,563 (66th Best)
Median Home Value: $257,800 (45th Best)
More on Meadowlakes: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 1,976
Median Income: $133,654 (21st Best)
Median Home Value: $675,600 (11th Best)
More on Olmos Park: Data | Homes For Sale

Hunters Creek Village, TX

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 4,749
Median Income: $250,000 (2nd Best)
Median Home Value: $1,525,700 (3rd Best)
More on Hunters Creek Village: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Piney Point Village, TX

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 3,358
Median Income: $250,000 (2nd Best)
Median Home Value: $1,687,100 (1st Best)
More on Piney Point Village: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 1,236
Median Income: $97,368 (48th Best)
Median Home Value: $210,700 (65th Best)
More on Ransom Canyon: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 1,814
Median Income: $80,144 (77th Best)
Median Home Value: $165,100 (112th Best)
More on Palm Valley: Data | Homes For Sale

Hollywood Park, TX

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 3,302
Median Income: $101,450 (44th Best)
Median Home Value: $317,600 (30th Best)
More on Hollywood Park: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 1,249
Median Income: $106,563 (31st Best)
Median Home Value: $316,900 (31st Best)
More on Clear Lake Shores: Data | Homes For Sale

The Hills, TX

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 2,557
Median Income: $156,250 (11th Best)
Median Home Value: $495,500 (15th Best)
More on The Hills: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

West Lake Hills, TX

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 3,330
Median Income: $155,769 (12th Best)
Median Home Value: $865,300 (9th Best)
More on West Lake Hills: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Castle Hills, TX

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 4,393
Median Income: $90,172 (60th Best)
Median Home Value: $274,200 (40th Best)
More on Castle Hills: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 1,035
Median Income: $176,023 (8th Best)
Median Home Value: $811,500 (10th Best)
More on Lost Creek: Data | Homes For Sale

Taylor Lake Village, TX

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 3,662
Median Income: $140,956 (16th Best)
Median Home Value: $231,900 (57th Best)
More on Taylor Lake Village: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Hedwig Village, TX

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 2,662
Median Income: $97,604 (47th Best)
Median Home Value: $1,010,700 (7th Best)
More on Hedwig Village: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 1,195
Median Income: $105,000 (34th Best)
Median Home Value: $189,000 (84th Best)
More on Lindsay: Data | Homes For Sale

Shallowater, TX

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 2,523
Median Income: $74,375 (94th Best)
Median Home Value: $131,700 (150th Best)
More on Shallowater: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Science Can Tackle Any Issue, Even Small Ones

We said it once and we’ll say it again — this list: it’s just science. We did the research, we crunched the numbers, and it turns out, these 20 small towns in Texas are the best, in which to live.

And who can argue with that?

If you’re curious, here are the worst small towns in Texas:

  1. Fort Hancock
  2. Siesta Shores
  3. Tornillo

For more Texas reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Small Towns In Texas

Rank City Population Median Income Median Home Value
1 Rollingwood 1,565 $185,568.0 $937,100.0
2 Spring Valley Village 4,175 $194,271.0 $671,600.0
3 Southside Place 1,704 $167,813.0 $1,184,600.0
4 Bunker Hill Village 3,936 $246,058.0 $1,355,100.0
5 Meadowlakes 2,323 $86,563.0 $257,800.0
6 Olmos Park 1,976 $133,654.0 $675,600.0
7 Hunters Creek Village 4,749 $250,000.0 $1,525,700.0
8 Piney Point Village 3,358 $250,000.0 $1,687,100.0
9 Ransom Canyon 1,236 $97,368.0 $210,700.0
10 Palm Valley 1,814 $80,144.0 $165,100.0
11 Hollywood Park 3,302 $101,450.0 $317,600.0
12 Clear Lake Shores 1,249 $106,563.0 $316,900.0
13 The Hills 2,557 $156,250.0 $495,500.0
14 West Lake Hills 3,330 $155,769.0 $865,300.0
15 Castle Hills 4,393 $90,172.0 $274,200.0
16 Lost Creek 1,035 $176,023.0 $811,500.0
17 Taylor Lake Village 3,662 $140,956.0 $231,900.0
18 Hedwig Village 2,662 $97,604.0 $1,010,700.0
19 Lindsay 1,195 $105,000.0 $189,000.0
20 Shallowater 2,523 $74,375.0 $131,700.0
21 Salado 2,469 $77,727.0 $245,800.0
22 Lakeside City 1,085 $81,528.0 $159,800.0
23 Panhandle 2,412 $76,333.0 $126,700.0
24 Travis Ranch 3,350 $98,399.0 $186,900.0
25 Decordova 2,805 $82,621.0 $185,700.0
26 Barton Creek 2,989 $155,125.0 $1,030,600.0
27 Savannah 4,601 $101,635.0 $207,300.0
28 Meadows Place 4,685 $89,063.0 $163,600.0
29 Oak Ridge North 3,109 $102,750.0 $192,200.0
30 Shavano Park 3,542 $195,298.0 $620,300.0
31 South Padre Island 2,856 $45,060.0 $288,000.0
32 Double Oak 3,053 $138,333.0 $410,500.0
33 Aledo 3,454 $102,917.0 $189,100.0
34 Krum 4,896 $77,663.0 $164,000.0
35 Bayou Vista 1,688 $91,397.0 $224,000.0
36 Shenandoah 2,733 $76,219.0 $251,600.0
37 Central Gardens 3,804 $72,963.0 $179,900.0
38 Stanton 2,907 $71,103.0 $95,400.0
39 Pantego 2,501 $62,963.0 $193,400.0
40 El Lago 2,759 $95,750.0 $189,800.0
41 Shady Hollow 4,510 $120,455.0 $334,300.0
42 Annetta 2,933 $146,098.0 $290,500.0
43 Dalworthington Gardens 2,227 $124,500.0 $403,500.0
44 Panorama Village 2,512 $65,813.0 $175,400.0
45 Pinewood Estates 1,743 $139,886.0 $263,100.0
46 Lakeside Town (Tarrant County) 1,497 $84,464.0 $174,700.0
47 Krugerville 1,710 $103,403.0 $214,400.0
48 Muenster 1,395 $67,067.0 $158,200.0
49 Argyle 3,865 $117,371.0 $381,600.0
50 Columbus 3,610 $41,792.0 $128,300.0
51 Westlake 1,006 $250,000.0 $1,612,000.0
52 Red Lick 1,064 $68,750.0 $197,900.0
53 Ovilla 3,737 $103,958.0 $233,900.0
54 Weston Lakes 3,241 $162,469.0 $417,900.0
55 Morgan’s Point Resort 4,329 $74,606.0 $142,800.0
56 Lavon 2,832 $81,979.0 $201,700.0
57 Iraan 1,305 $61,518.0 $81,900.0
58 Horseshoe Bay 3,387 $90,556.0 $366,500.0
59 Wolfforth 4,352 $68,125.0 $176,600.0
60 Emerald Bay 1,212 $74,191.0 $234,700.0
61 Nassau Bay 4,092 $73,103.0 $224,100.0
62 Hudson Bend 2,263 $104,926.0 $378,000.0
63 Idalou 2,123 $56,250.0 $99,000.0
64 Potosi 3,107 $87,143.0 $187,500.0
65 Shoreacres 1,796 $104,167.0 $176,900.0
66 Reno City (Lamar County) 3,253 $76,708.0 $129,500.0
67 Jamaica Beach 1,014 $60,813.0 $205,400.0
68 Cross Mountain 3,566 $147,734.0 $345,900.0
69 Briarcliff 1,657 $105,647.0 $288,700.0
70 Hallsville 4,035 $82,802.0 $175,700.0
71 Garden Ridge 3,806 $126,382.0 $443,500.0
72 Copper Canyon 2,277 $127,576.0 $367,700.0
73 Shady Shores 2,834 $103,313.0 $288,000.0
74 Early 2,860 $48,571.0 $116,800.0
75 Edgecliff Village 2,976 $74,265.0 $142,000.0
76 Haslet 1,777 $130,250.0 $336,300.0
77 Talty 1,861 $120,536.0 $290,500.0
78 Hideaway 3,075 $71,336.0 $185,000.0
79 Lacoste 1,311 $51,823.0 $82,400.0
80 Shiner 2,171 $46,725.0 $108,700.0
81 Hickory Creek 4,326 $98,893.0 $224,600.0
82 Palmhurst 2,702 $90,536.0 $252,700.0
83 Serenada 1,679 $84,931.0 $278,700.0
84 La Grange 4,652 $52,500.0 $153,400.0
85 Lowry Crossing 1,669 $96,964.0 $200,200.0
86 Claude 1,268 $64,125.0 $107,700.0
87 China Grove 1,242 $87,321.0 $210,100.0
88 Justin 3,529 $85,333.0 $177,100.0
89 Hudson Oaks 2,246 $105,882.0 $255,400.0
90 Willow Park 4,857 $96,051.0 $206,200.0
91 Lake Kiowa 2,119 $78,194.0 $254,700.0
92 Earth 1,113 $51,328.0 $70,000.0
93 Oak Point 3,503 $91,250.0 $192,200.0
94 Richwood 3,796 $77,875.0 $148,200.0
95 Beach City 2,572 $102,813.0 $292,100.0
96 West 2,838 $40,139.0 $97,000.0
97 Sonora 3,452 $63,750.0 $96,600.0
98 Quail Creek 1,676 $65,083.0 $158,900.0
99 Bullard 2,894 $64,458.0 $163,600.0
100 Oak Leaf 1,551 $116,750.0 $230,700.0

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