Best Small Towns In Texas For 2020


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

This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. This is our sixth time ranking the best small places to live in Texas.

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 15, here’s a look at the 10 Best Small Towns To Live in Texas for 2020.

What’s the best small town in Texas? Rollingwood is the best small town in Texas based on the most recent Census data. 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:

The 15 Best Small Towns In Texas For 2020

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 1,569
Median Income: $190,795 (7th Best)
Median Home Value: $991,400 (7th Best)
More on Rollingwood: Data | Homes For Sale

Spring Valley Village, TX

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 4,239
Median Income: $205,100 (6th Best)
Median Home Value: $711,900 (11th Best)
More on Spring Valley Village: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 1,596
Median Income: $211,250 (4th Best)
Median Home Value: $1,324,200 (4th Best)
More on Southside Place: Data | Homes For Sale

Piney Point Village, TX

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 3,419
Median Income: $250,001 (2nd Best)
Median Home Value: $1,838,400 (1st Best)
More on Piney Point Village: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 1,999
Median Income: $167,667 (8th Best)
Median Home Value: $714,800 (10th Best)
More on Olmos Park: Data | Homes For Sale

Bunker Hill Village, TX

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 3,966
Median Income: $250,001 (2nd Best)
Median Home Value: $1,415,100 (3rd Best)
More on Bunker Hill Village: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Hunters Creek Village, TX

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 4,814
Median Income: $250,001 (2nd Best)
Median Home Value: $1,675,800 (2nd Best)
More on Hunters Creek Village: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Hollywood Park, TX

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 3,342
Median Income: $112,083 (33rd Best)
Median Home Value: $326,200 (32nd Best)
More on Hollywood Park: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 2,319
Median Income: $87,321 (58th Best)
Median Home Value: $251,300 (55th Best)
More on Meadowlakes: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 1,056
Median Income: $106,875 (38th Best)
Median Home Value: $227,200 (66th Best)
More on Ransom Canyon: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 1,706
Median Income: $72,500 (102nd Best)
Median Home Value: $169,500 (120th Best)
More on Palm Valley: Data | Homes For Sale

The Hills, TX

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 2,559
Median Income: $160,000 (11th Best)
Median Home Value: $517,400 (14th Best)
More on The Hills: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 2,928
Median Income: $158,958 (12th Best)
Median Home Value: $1,181,900 (5th Best)
More on Barton Creek: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 1,140
Median Income: $102,625 (43rd Best)
Median Home Value: $343,100 (30th Best)
More on Clear Lake Shores: Data | Homes For Sale

Hedwig Village, TX

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 2,675
Median Income: $105,909 (41st Best)
Median Home Value: $1,181,900 (5th Best)
More on Hedwig Village: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

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 2014-2018 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 – 563 to be exact.

We then ranked each place in each category with scores from 1 to 563, averaged them out, and the lowest scores went to our Best Small Towns in Texas. Top of that list — Rollingwood. You can download the data here.

Keep reading to find out more about our top 15 best small towns in Texas.

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 15 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. Batesville
  2. Doolittle
  3. Fort Hancock

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, TX 1,569 $190,795.0 $991,400.0
2 Spring Valley Village, TX 4,239 $205,100.0 $711,900.0
3 Southside Place, TX 1,596 $211,250.0 $1,324,200.0
4 Piney Point Village, TX 3,419 $250,001.0 $1,838,400.0
5 Olmos Park, TX 1,999 $167,667.0 $714,800.0
6 Bunker Hill Village, TX 3,966 $250,001.0 $1,415,100.0
7 Hunters Creek Village, TX 4,814 $250,001.0 $1,675,800.0
8 Hollywood Park, TX 3,342 $112,083.0 $326,200.0
9 Meadowlakes, TX 2,319 $87,321.0 $251,300.0
10 Ransom Canyon, TX 1,056 $106,875.0 $227,200.0
11 Palm Valley, TX 1,706 $72,500.0 $169,500.0
12 The Hills, TX 2,559 $160,000.0 $517,400.0
13 Barton Creek, TX 2,928 $158,958.0 $1,181,900.0
14 Clear Lake Shores, TX 1,140 $102,625.0 $343,100.0
15 Hedwig Village, TX 2,675 $105,909.0 $1,181,900.0
16 Salado, TX 2,897 $77,297.0 $264,500.0
17 Castle Hills, TX 4,422 $94,583.0 $291,300.0
18 Shallowater, TX 2,535 $73,365.0 $147,700.0
19 Travis Ranch, TX 3,508 $101,993.0 $205,400.0
20 Lost Creek, TX 1,135 $145,521.0 $776,900.0
21 Meadows Place, TX 4,677 $85,875.0 $170,600.0
22 Taylor Lake Village, TX 3,668 $129,003.0 $251,900.0
23 Hideaway, TX 3,097 $70,845.0 $181,800.0
24 Decordova, TX 2,860 $85,800.0 $207,300.0
25 Lindsay, TX 1,156 $82,778.0 $190,400.0
26 Bayou Vista, TX 1,658 $97,500.0 $248,600.0
27 Central Gardens, TX 4,197 $73,789.0 $184,600.0
28 Aledo, TX 3,817 $106,503.0 $221,200.0
29 West Lake Hills, TX 3,314 $165,375.0 $979,200.0
30 Oak Ridge North, TX 3,136 $92,313.0 $209,000.0
31 Shady Hollow, TX 4,272 $116,461.0 $362,900.0
32 Pantego, TX 2,532 $61,492.0 $211,600.0
33 El Lago, TX 2,760 $97,750.0 $207,500.0
34 Krum, TX 4,973 $80,833.0 $168,200.0
35 Double Oak, TX 3,065 $151,958.0 $452,500.0
36 Lakeside City, TX 1,120 $80,417.0 $161,700.0
37 Weston Lakes, TX 3,490 $162,038.0 $434,800.0
38 Emerald Bay, TX 1,307 $74,470.0 $240,900.0
39 Shavano Park, TX 3,667 $208,021.0 $653,500.0
40 Nassau Bay, TX 4,083 $86,944.0 $216,300.0
41 Panorama Village, TX 3,179 $63,125.0 $187,800.0
42 Muenster, TX 1,477 $68,466.0 $164,400.0
43 Krugerville, TX 1,600 $100,469.0 $221,200.0
44 Dalworthington Gardens, TX 2,456 $114,375.0 $410,700.0
45 Columbus, TX 3,612 $44,473.0 $130,100.0
46 Pinewood Estates, TX 1,863 $142,188.0 $252,700.0
47 Shenandoah, TX 2,817 $78,643.0 $247,200.0
48 West, TX 2,809 $50,539.0 $105,900.0
49 Panhandle, TX 2,728 $74,764.0 $123,600.0
50 Red Lick, TX 1,069 $75,000.0 $216,500.0
51 South Padre Island, TX 2,839 $41,894.0 $304,900.0
52 Potosi, TX 2,925 $89,821.0 $222,200.0
53 Argyle, TX 3,988 $146,667.0 $436,700.0
54 Hallsville, TX 4,134 $86,875.0 $193,700.0
55 Iraan, TX 1,215 $63,125.0 $106,800.0
56 Ovilla, TX 3,800 $99,103.0 $236,100.0
57 Shiner, TX 2,139 $46,212.0 $126,100.0
58 Edgecliff Village, TX 3,002 $72,500.0 $149,500.0
59 Hudson Bend, TX 2,059 $114,261.0 $495,100.0
60 Early, TX 2,923 $51,406.0 $123,400.0
61 Copper Canyon, TX 1,235 $146,250.0 $484,300.0
62 Cross Mountain, TX 3,798 $135,598.0 $376,400.0
63 Stanton, TX 2,937 $66,875.0 $103,800.0
64 Talty, TX 2,302 $126,078.0 $314,900.0
65 Morgan’s Point Resort, TX 4,401 $77,850.0 $146,500.0
66 Hudson Oaks, TX 2,351 $111,750.0 $275,600.0
67 Lakeside Town (Tarrant County), TX 1,524 $79,167.0 $192,800.0
68 Lavon, TX 3,061 $86,583.0 $222,000.0
69 Annetta, TX 3,014 $150,938.0 $309,300.0
70 Claude, TX 1,274 $64,205.0 $126,500.0
71 Beach City, TX 2,620 $112,841.0 $317,100.0
72 Woodcreek, TX 1,543 $65,938.0 $225,200.0
73 Shoreacres, TX 1,630 $92,206.0 $179,900.0
74 Lowry Crossing, TX 1,502 $94,471.0 $210,600.0
75 Briarcliff, TX 1,576 $107,656.0 $315,100.0
76 Lorena, TX 2,026 $70,577.0 $149,300.0
77 Jamaica Beach, TX 1,138 $68,750.0 $200,000.0
78 Justin, TX 3,660 $91,222.0 $210,700.0
79 Mclendon-Chisholm, TX 2,589 $131,964.0 $420,700.0
80 Haslet, TX 1,661 $130,192.0 $366,500.0
81 Idalou, TX 2,018 $52,422.0 $98,800.0
82 China Grove, TX 1,241 $84,250.0 $212,800.0
83 Bartonville, TX 1,839 $148,750.0 $616,900.0
84 Richwood, TX 3,851 $86,667.0 $157,300.0
85 Inez, TX 2,604 $82,961.0 $314,000.0
86 Port Aransas, TX 4,060 $54,167.0 $308,300.0
87 Wolfforth, TX 4,582 $78,313.0 $176,800.0
88 Serenada, TX 1,502 $97,708.0 $310,900.0
89 Cross Roads, TX 1,202 $138,438.0 $453,900.0
90 Hackberry, TX 1,805 $96,111.0 $225,300.0
91 Shady Shores, TX 2,828 $106,719.0 $299,800.0
92 Hickory Creek, TX 4,442 $107,731.0 $255,600.0
93 Quail Creek, TX 1,633 $65,603.0 $160,800.0
94 Lake Dunlap, TX 2,288 $58,438.0 $163,400.0
95 Garden Ridge, TX 3,887 $131,471.0 $437,700.0
96 Northlake, TX 2,524 $81,289.0 $371,000.0
97 Horseshoe Bay, TX 3,587 $79,391.0 $363,700.0
98 Martindale, TX 1,012 $55,893.0 $170,900.0
99 Oak Point, TX 3,878 $86,162.0 $250,600.0
100 Lake Kiowa, TX 2,440 $70,227.0 $275,900.0

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.