These Are The 20 Best Small Towns In Texas For 2018


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 2018:

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

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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 – 580 to be exact.

We then ranked each place in each category with scores from 1 to 580, 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.

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1. Rollingwood


Population: 1,642
Median Income: $168,125 (6th Best)
Median Home Value: $839,200 (8th Best)
More on Rollingwood: Data| Homes For Sale

2. Olmos Park


Population: 1,964
Median Income: $125,568 (23rd Best)
Median Home Value: $643,000 (10th Best)
More on Olmos Park: Data| Homes For Sale

3. Spring Valley Village

Spring Valley Village, TX

Source: Public domain

Population: 4,098
Median Income: $173,966 (5th Best)
Median Home Value: $641,300 (11th Best)
More on Spring Valley Village: PhotosData| Homes For Sale

4. Southside Place


Population: 1,746
Median Income: $153,250 (10th Best)
Median Home Value: $1,156,000 (5th Best)
More on Southside Place: Data| Homes For Sale

5. Hunters Creek Village

Hunters Creek Village, TX

Source: Public domain

Population: 4,688
Median Income: $250,000 (2nd Best)
Median Home Value: $1,352,100 (3rd Best)
More on Hunters Creek Village: PhotosData| Homes For Sale

6. Bunker Hill Village

Bunker Hill Village, TX

Source: Public domain

Population: 3,909
Median Income: $221,824 (4th Best)
Median Home Value: $1,214,500 (4th Best)
More on Bunker Hill Village: PhotosData| Homes For Sale

7. Piney Point Village

Piney Point Village, TX

Source: Public domain

Population: 3,312
Median Income: $250,000 (2nd Best)
Median Home Value: $1,624,200 (1st Best)
More on Piney Point Village: PhotosData| Homes For Sale

8. Meadowlakes


Population: 2,240
Median Income: $85,380 (63rd Best)
Median Home Value: $247,400 (49th Best)
More on Meadowlakes: Data| Homes For Sale

9. Ransom Canyon


Population: 1,325
Median Income: $95,469 (42nd Best)
Median Home Value: $213,100 (60th Best)
More on Ransom Canyon: Data| Homes For Sale

10. Hollywood Park

Hollywood Park, TX

Population: 3,257
Median Income: $96,071 (41st Best)
Median Home Value: $294,100 (34th Best)
More on Hollywood Park: PhotosData| Homes For Sale

11. Lost Creek


Population: 4,498
Median Income: $165,417 (8th Best)
Median Home Value: $608,300 (12th Best)
More on Lost Creek: Data| Homes For Sale

12. Palm Valley


Population: 1,620
Median Income: $77,045 (84th Best)
Median Home Value: $158,900 (112th Best)
More on Palm Valley: Data| Homes For Sale

13. Castle Hills


Population: 4,367
Median Income: $88,482 (58th Best)
Median Home Value: $261,600 (45th Best)
More on Castle Hills: Data| Homes For Sale

14. The Hills


Population: 2,562
Median Income: $136,500 (15th Best)
Median Home Value: $488,200 (15th Best)
More on The Hills: Data| Homes For Sale

15. Clear Lake Shores


Population: 1,458
Median Income: $101,827 (36th Best)
Median Home Value: $272,100 (38th Best)
More on Clear Lake Shores: Data| Homes For Sale

16. Hedwig Village

Hedwig Village, TX

Source: Public domain

Population: 2,655
Median Income: $91,176 (49th Best)
Median Home Value: $895,500 (7th Best)
More on Hedwig Village: PhotosData| Homes For Sale

17. Decordova


Population: 2,794
Median Income: $77,857 (82nd Best)
Median Home Value: $184,300 (76th Best)
More on Decordova: Data| Homes For Sale

18. West Lake Hills

West Lake Hills, TX

Population: 3,309
Median Income: $149,531 (13th Best)
Median Home Value: $783,900 (9th Best)
More on West Lake Hills: PhotosData| Homes For Sale

19. Lakeside City

Source: Public Domain

Population: 1,023
Median Income: $78,056 (81st Best)
Median Home Value: $148,000 (130th Best)
More on Lakeside City: Data| Homes For Sale

20. Barton Creek


Population: 3,037
Median Income: $150,170 (12th Best)
Median Home Value: $921,100 (6th Best)
More on Barton Creek: Data| 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. Tornillo
  2. Doolittle
  3. Indian Hills

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Detailed List Of The Best Small Towns In Texas

Rank City Population Median Income Median Home Value
1 Rollingwood 1,642 $168,125 $839,200
2 Olmos Park 1,964 $125,568 $643,000
3 Spring Valley Village 4,098 $173,966 $641,300
4 Southside Place 1,746 $153,250 $1,156,000
5 Hunters Creek Village 4,688 $250,000 $1,352,100
6 Bunker Hill Village 3,909 $221,824 $1,214,500
7 Piney Point Village 3,312 $250,000 $1,624,200
8 Meadowlakes 2,240 $85,380 $247,400
9 Ransom Canyon 1,325 $95,469 $213,100
10 Hollywood Park 3,257 $96,071 $294,100
11 Lost Creek 4,498 $165,417 $608,300
12 Palm Valley 1,620 $77,045 $158,900
13 Castle Hills 4,367 $88,482 $261,600
14 The Hills 2,562 $136,500 $488,200
15 Clear Lake Shores 1,458 $101,827 $272,100
16 Hedwig Village 2,655 $91,176 $895,500
17 Decordova 2,794 $77,857 $184,300
18 West Lake Hills 3,309 $149,531 $783,900
19 Lakeside City 1,023 $78,056 $148,000
20 Barton Creek 3,037 $150,170 $921,100
21 Shallowater 2,510 $70,531 $123,900
22 Salado 1,963 $80,761 $229,100
23 Central Gardens 3,934 $72,213 $163,700
24 Travis Ranch 3,032 $95,392 $169,700
25 Savannah 4,592 $108,516 $191,700
26 Panhandle 2,512 $72,250 $113,400
27 Dalworthington Gardens 2,233 $129,750 $355,600
28 Taylor Lake Village 3,662 $126,250 $214,700
29 Shavano Park 3,442 $161,964 $594,900
30 Oak Ridge North 3,142 $93,214 $174,800
31 Double Oak 3,028 $138,482 $400,200
32 Lindsay 1,065 $83,000 $183,500
33 Weston Lakes 3,069 $152,574 $420,400
34 Meadows Place 4,721 $85,288 $154,600
35 Bayou Vista 1,698 $81,154 $210,300
36 Aledo 3,190 $88,672 $162,800
37 Panorama Village 2,399 $62,095 $167,000
38 Shoreacres 1,759 $103,816 $173,100
39 Shenandoah 2,653 $72,024 $220,600
40 Nassau Bay 4,091 $69,070 $210,200
41 Red Lick 1,037 $64,375 $198,000
42 Krugerville 1,622 $107,723 $202,500
43 Krum 4,771 $79,233 $152,000
44 Lakeside Town (Tarrant County) 1,817 $80,313 $163,200
45 Idalou 2,200 $61,023 $102,700
46 Wolfforth 4,135 $75,682 $154,400
47 Hudson Bend 2,483 $100,833 $344,900
48 Lavon 2,663 $75,185 $182,700
49 Lake Kiowa 2,467 $97,634 $230,500
50 Hideaway 3,061 $69,267 $182,700
51 Horseshoe Bay 3,264 $78,269 $355,100
52 Columbus 3,604 $40,498 $130,600
53 Ovilla 3,639 $90,168 $199,500
54 Iraan 1,065 $60,078 $78,100
55 Shady Hollow 4,895 $113,661 $317,100
56 Briarcliff 1,570 $91,417 $267,500
57 Pinewood Estates 1,638 $134,591 $231,000
58 Westlake 1,124 $250,000 $1,604,900
59 Serenada 1,443 $81,250 $262,600
60 Morgan’s Point Resort 4,229 $67,837 $132,600
61 Argyle 3,732 $112,797 $365,300
62 Hudson Oaks 2,088 $104,435 $247,500
63 South Padre Island 2,888 $42,825 $254,000
64 Willow Park 4,691 $94,405 $199,100
65 Pantego 2,497 $60,972 $180,700
66 Garden Ridge 3,730 $117,258 $442,100
67 Copper Canyon 1,348 $129,375 $346,700
68 Palmhurst 2,654 $81,750 $214,200
69 Parker 4,241 $133,494 $485,300
70 Haslet 1,679 $118,281 $320,600
71 El Lago 2,778 $86,000 $175,200
72 Hickory Creek 3,939 $94,000 $210,700
73 Annetta 1,305 $117,813 $279,100
74 Fulshear 4,572 $167,708 $409,500
75 Cross Mountain 2,760 $124,849 $355,300
76 Northlake 2,894 $64,293 $324,500
77 Port Aransas 3,861 $50,741 $267,800
78 Shiner 2,219 $46,955 $103,000
79 Hallsville 3,966 $78,148 $154,700
80 Lacoste 1,188 $47,989 $79,100
81 Bullard 2,798 $63,929 $159,200
82 Shady Shores 2,805 $101,477 $285,000
83 China Grove 1,187 $89,219 $199,600
84 Richwood 3,753 $76,917 $125,200
85 Mclendon-Chisholm 2,005 $111,607 $345,800
86 Westworth Village 2,632 $54,917 $106,200
87 Roman Forest 1,860 $94,323 $186,000
88 Quail Creek 1,624 $59,444 $154,500
89 Emerald Bay 1,029 $68,000 $227,300
90 Muenster 1,528 $65,000 $144,700
91 Bartonville 1,916 $133,472 $580,500
92 Talty 1,479 $112,841 $272,100
93 Runaway Bay 1,647 $80,425 $154,500
94 Claude 1,265 $60,714 $106,900
95 Edgecliff Village 2,950 $72,663 $129,500
96 Woodcreek 1,491 $60,169 $209,700
97 Earth 1,064 $50,583 $65,800
98 Canadian 3,120 $66,065 $135,600
99 Lowry Crossing 1,584 $87,734 $181,400
100 Oak Point 3,271 $89,543 $179,400

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