These Are The 10 Best Small Towns In Texas


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. Here are the 10 Best Small Towns in Texas (in which to live):

  1. Tiki Island
  2. Hilshire Village
  3. Bishop Hills
  4. San Leanna
  5. Lakeside City
  6. Jamaica Beach
  7. Lake Tanglewood
  8. Mountain City
  9. Highland Haven
  10. Westover Hills

If you live in one of these small towns like Tiki Island, 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. Or feel free to check out the worst small towns in Texas.

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How We Determined The Best Small Towns In Texas

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using FBI crime data, the Census’s 2010-2014 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)
  • High School Dropouts (Lower is better)
  • Crime Rates (Lower is better)

We looked at places with populations lower than 1,000 people, of which, there were a lot – 369 to be exact.

We then ranked each place in each category with scores from 1 to 369, averaged them out, and the lowest scores went to our Best Small Towns in Texas. Top of that list — Tiki Island.

Keep reading to find out more about our top 10 best small towns in Texas. Or feel free to check out the best places overall to live in Texas.

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1. Tiki Island


Population 2014: 858
Median Income: $109,653
Median Home Price: $365,500
Crime Per 100k: 1,178

2. Hilshire Village

Source: Google Maps

Population: 803
Median Income: $179,167
Median Home Price: $561,900
Crime Per 100k: 1,178

3. Bishop Hills


Population 2014: 295
Median Income: $93,333
Median Home Price: $232,000
Crime Per 100k: 1,178

4. San Leanna


Population 2014: 569
Median Income: $79,375
Median Home Price: $241,000
Crime Per 100k: 1,178

5. Lakeside City

Source: Google Maps

Population: 1,058
Median Income: $82,143
Median Home Price: $150,700
Crime Per 100k: 645

6. Jamaica Beach


Population 2014: 1,007
Median Income: $75,924
Median Home Price: $201,000
Crime Per 100k: 588

7. Lake Tanglewood


Population 2014: 680
Median Income: $104,167
Median Home Price: $306,800
Crime Per 100k: 1,178

8. Mountain City

Source: Google Maps

Population: 748
Median Income: $96,823
Median Home Price: $203,000
Crime Per 100k: 1,515

9. Highland Haven


Population 2014: 380
Median Income: $63,235
Median Home Price: $269,800
Crime Per 100k: 1,178

10. Westover Hills


Population 2014: 625
Median Income: $236,250
Median Home Price: $1,050,000
Crime Per 100k: 3,217

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 10 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. North Cleveland
  2. Paint Rock
  3. Cuney

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Detailed List Of The Best Small Towns In Texas

City Rank Population Median Income Median Home Price Crime Per 100k
Tiki Island 1 858 $109,653 $365,500 1,178
Hilshire Village 2 803 $179,167 $561,900 1,178
Bishop Hills 3 295 $93,333 $232,000 1,178
San Leanna 4 569 $79,375 $241,000 1,178
Lakeside City 5 1,058 $82,143 $150,700 645
Jamaica Beach 6 1,007 $75,924 $201,000 588
Lake Tanglewood 7 680 $104,167 $306,800 1,178
Mountain City 8 748 $96,823 $203,000 1,515
Highland Haven 9 380 $63,235 $269,800 1,178
Westover Hills 10 625 $236,250 $1,050,000 3,217
Rose Hill Acres 11 445 $74,125 $117,300 2,808
Brazos Bend 12 304 $129,167 $614,300 1,178
Star Harbor 13 441 $55,893 $204,700 1,360
Point Venture 14 929 $81,094 $268,500 1,178
Hillcrest 15 847 $82,708 $172,400 1,818
Grey Forest 16 510 $75,833 $198,700 1,233
Enchanted Oaks 17 323 $71,250 $220,700 1,178
Hays 18 370 $56,694 $183,100 2,173
Simonton 19 667 $76,979 $203,500 1,248
Bynum 20 234 $71,071 $81,800 3,456
Volente 21 599 $148,333 $580,700 1,178
Blooming Grove 22 1,038 $53,194 $73,800 1,375
Brazos Country 23 598 $121,250 $278,200 1,178
Lakewood Village 24 521 $88,125 $222,800 1,194
Briaroaks 25 620 $84,306 $187,500 1,989
Post Oak Bend City 26 817 $90,156 $232,000 1,540
Cove 27 629 $70,000 $172,200 2,306
Todd Mission 28 279 $83,547 $223,000 1,178
Ingleside On The Bay 29 638 $65,625 $169,600 2,180
Red Lick 30 1,063 $75,446 $208,000 625
Woodloch 31 183 $59,375 $132,500 2,863
Hill Country Village 32 1,018 $196,250 $666,700 4,280
White Deer 33 1,126 $65,673 $73,400 1,205
Sunrise Beach Village 34 866 $60,809 $280,300 972
Stagecoach 35 533 $76,563 $183,300 1,056
Maypearl 36 999 $59,808 $102,800 3,476
Annetta South 37 468 $95,556 $256,800 1,178
Bear Creek 38 363 $112,500 $353,500 1,178
Timbercreek Canyon 39 482 $92,679 $231,000 1,178
Abbott 40 434 $54,792 $97,700 3,313
Fayetteville 41 388 $40,000 $113,300 2,833
Nazareth 42 230 $56,667 $77,200 3,521
Jolly 43 163 $53,333 $156,900 2,315
Cross Roads 44 1,470 $79,871 $170,500 606
Hebron 45 810 $57,163 $287,500 1,178
Annetta North 46 517 $105,417 $263,500 3,257
New Hope 47 964 $77,500 $155,500 2,566
Union Grove 48 476 $71,500 $128,100 2,975
Palisades 49 257 $61,250 $101,400 2,920
Jarrell 50 933 $54,554 $109,200 1,242
Bailey’S Prairie 51 635 $94,643 $204,800 1,178
Santa Clara 52 694 $81,544 $172,100 2,304
Weston 53 775 $64,125 $191,800 1,825
Groom 54 501 $52,202 $84,200 3,092
Tuscola 55 945 $51,250 $70,000 3,821
Darrouzett 56 361 $58,571 $59,200 3,667
Miami 57 688 $58,750 $95,000 2,982
Crawford 58 768 $54,338 $105,600 3,056
Rogers 59 1,120 $48,077 $75,400 1,357
Cross Timber 60 265 $79,500 $152,500 2,637
Cumby 61 804 $46,000 $56,800 256
Taylor Landing 62 259 $86,250 $228,800 1,231
Orchard 63 394 $49,107 $96,100 3,472
Kirvin 64 171 $65,179 $83,300 3,476
Thrall 65 679 $47,875 $85,000 1,650
Cashion Community 66 274 $73,472 $114,400 2,556
Lake Bridgeport 67 399 $50,982 $113,100 3,117
Burke 68 1,147 $59,732 $83,100 1,253
Sunset Valley 69 688 $101,161 $416,400 18,182
New Deal 70 764 $54,417 $67,100 3,805
Pleasant Valley 71 290 $52,500 $104,400 2,891
Buffalo Springs 72 338 $48,125 $85,700 2,865
Warren City 73 283 $60,417 $109,600 3,274
Noonday 74 888 $46,750 $134,100 3,008
Oak Valley 75 359 $63,750 $90,000 3,166
Union Valley 76 457 $51,875 $111,600 3,122
Dish 77 252 $86,250 $263,600 1,178
China 78 843 $47,500 $98,800 3,165
Oak Grove 79 585 $84,219 $150,200 2,020
Bronte 80 970 $50,208 $71,500 3,859
Pattison 81 413 $66,250 $162,500 2,362
Point Blank 82 661 $50,278 $92,100 3,579
Pecan Hill 83 617 $53,500 $137,200 2,723
Falls City 84 554 $51,250 $108,100 3,191
Burton 85 311 $37,083 $101,100 3,379
Josephine 86 653 $80,536 $122,700 2,846
Progreso Lakes 87 320 $70,096 $220,300 1,280
Thompsons 88 242 $46,500 $228,100 1,739
Grays Prairie 89 390 $70,833 $100,000 3,326
Scurry 90 717 $46,071 $141,800 2,798
Sterling City 91 904 $50,313 $55,600 3,907
Beckville 92 807 $48,295 $66,700 4,051
Sanctuary 93 306 $68,194 $119,600 2,756
Happy 94 734 $55,500 $81,500 3,728
Forsan 95 194 $60,000 $45,400 3,780
New Berlin 96 584 $69,167 $250,800 1,413
Coldspring 97 1,083 $32,888 $85,100 1,349
Wixon Valley 98 269 $80,714 $143,800 2,317
Wellman 99 283 $49,063 $60,800 4,133
Dean 100 679 $57,125 $105,400 3,280

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