The 10 Richest Cities In Texas For 2019


We analyzed 349 places in Texas to determine where the 1% live.

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Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2019. This is our fifth time ranking the richest cities in Texas.

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In 2017, the U.S. Census Bureau estimated that the average American makes about $59k a year. Unfortunately for most Americans, they do not live in the in the 1% category. Most Americans are middle class and live modest lifestyles.

But what if you did have so much money, you didn’t know what to do with it? Would you travel the world, write a book, or own a million horses? Would you stay where you are living now or move to someplace more upscale?

While many of us are familiar with living in apartments and small homes, the richer individuals have access to mansions with large lawns and even a pool… or two.

So where are all of the mega mansions and the American elite live? Some locations are obvious, like Manhattan for example. But if you are rich and not living in NYC, Los Angeles, or Chicago, where are you living? Do you opt to live in these megacities or someplace else?

What about Texas?

Yes, you read that right. Many rich Americans live in Texas. Whether that is due to oil enterprises or even old money, you can bet you will find some of the 1% living in this state.

So where are the rich living in Texas? We had the same question and luckily for you, HomeSnacks has tackled this question and found the answer.

Ready to see the places overflowing with wealth?

We analyzed 349 places in Texas to determine where the 1% live in the state. Using “richness” factors like unemployment, home values, and poverty statistics, the richest city in Texas was a clear win: Terrell Hills.

This city has held its richest city in Texas rank for another year in a row. What makes this place so rich? It’s ridiculously low unemployment and poverty rates.

Next up was Bellaire, Texas. You may think of the Bel Air from the show, “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” but this is not the same city. However, the glamour and wealth are on par.

No matter where you choose to live in these top cities, you can be sure you will be surrounded by some of the wealthiest in America.

Interested to see how your favorite Texan city stacked up? Read on to learn more about our methodology and to get a more detailed look at Texas’s richest cities.

Rich people not your cup of tea? Feel free to check out some more reading about Texas:

The 10 Richest Cities In Texas For 2019

Terrell Hills, TX

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Population: 5,248
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $174,844
Unemployment Rate: 2.1%
Poverty Rate: 0.7%
More on Terrell Hills: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Bellaire, TX

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Population: 18,479
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Income: $195,018
Unemployment Rate: 2.3%
Poverty Rate: 1.7%
More on Bellaire: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Bellaire is a city in southwest Harris County, Texas, United States, within the Houston–Sugar Land–Baytown metropolitan area. As of the 2010 U.S. Census, the city population was 16,855 and is surrounded by the cities of Houston and West University Place.

West University Place, TX

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Population: 15,477
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 2)
Median Income: $243,226
Unemployment Rate: 2.2%
Poverty Rate: 2.6%
More on West University Place: Real Estate | Data | Photos

West University Place, often called West University or West U for short, is a city located in the U.S. state of Texas within the Houston–The Woodlands–Sugar Land metropolitan area and southwestern Harris County. As of the 2010 U.S. Census, the population of the city was 14,787. It is nicknamed “The Neighborhood City” and is mainly a bedroom community for upper-class families.

Southlake, TX

Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 30,090
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 5)
Median Income: $207,917
Unemployment Rate: 3.1%
Poverty Rate: 2.0%
More on Southlake: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Southlake is a city located predominantly in Tarrant County with minor areas extending into Denton County in the U.S. state of Texas. Southlake is a suburb in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metropolitan area. As of the 2010 census it had a population of 26,575. Southlake is known for public schools, Southlake Town Square, its wealth, Gateway Church and Carroll High School’s 8-time state champion Football and Men’s Swim & Dive team.

Trophy Club, TX

Source: Town of Trophy Club
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Population: 11,436
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 2)
Median Income: $139,156
Unemployment Rate: 2.4%
Poverty Rate: 2.5%
More on Trophy Club: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Trophy Club is a wealthy northern suburb of the Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex. It is Texas’ first premiere planned community, built around the only golf course designed by Ben Hogan. The Trophy Club Country Club features two, 18-hole premiere golf courses. Trophy Club residents enjoy miles of planned pathways, beautiful medians, and over 1,000 acres of parks. It is located in Denton and Tarrant counties in the U.S. state of Texas. The population was 8,024 at the 2010 Census. It has been acknowledged multiple times by D Magazine as one of the best places to live in Dallas–Fort Worth.

Melissa, TX

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Overall SnackAbility

9
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Population: 7,682
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Median Income: $104,390
Unemployment Rate: 2.4%
Poverty Rate: 0.6%
More on Melissa: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Melissa is a city in Collin County, Texas, United States. The population was 4,695 at the 2010 census, up from 1,350 at the 2000 census.

Fair Oaks Ranch, TX

Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 9,477
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 3)
Median Income: $124,741
Unemployment Rate: 2.4%
Poverty Rate: 2.2%
More on Fair Oaks Ranch: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Fair Oaks Ranch is a city in Bexar, Comal, and Kendall counties in the U.S. state of Texas. The population was 5,986 at the 2010 census. It is part of the San Antonio Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Colleyville, TX

Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 25,557
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Median Income: $164,682
Unemployment Rate: 3.3%
Poverty Rate: 2.2%
More on Colleyville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Fate, TX

Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 10,339
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 4)
Median Income: $102,426
Unemployment Rate: 3.0%
Poverty Rate: 1.3%
More on Fate: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Prosper, TX

Overall SnackAbility

9
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Population: 17,107
Rank Last Year: 15 (Up 5)
Median Income: $133,971
Unemployment Rate: 2.6%
Poverty Rate: 3.8%
More on Prosper: Real Estate | Data | Photos

How We Determined The Richest Places In Texas For 2019

Map Of The Richest Places To Live In Texas
The first thing that comes to most people’s minds when they think about determining the richest places is to simply identify personal incomes. After all, rich people have really high salaries.

However, we don’t believe that one statistic wholly encompasses what it means to be one of the “richest places”. So we looked at this set of criteria from the newly released 2013-2017 American Community Survey:

  • Poverty Level
  • Median Household Income
  • Unemployment Rate

Median household income is the most digestible way to understand how rich a place really is. The unemployment rate tries to capture the prospects for more people to become rich. If more people are employed, the richer the future looks.

After we collected the data for all 349 places with more than 5,000 people in Texas, we ranked each place from 1 to 349 for each of the criteria, with 1 being the richest.

We then averaged all the rankings for a place into a “Rich Score” with the place having the lowest overall Rich Score, Terrell Hills, crowned the “Richest City In Texas For 2019”.

You can learn more about the top ten below or skip to the end to see the rankings for all 349 places.

There You Have It – The Wealthiest Places In Texas For 2019

Like we said earlier, when we set out to identify the richest places in Texas, we weren’t sure what we’d encounter, but it ended up being some of the best places to live in Texas.

When you look at the data, the cities and places mentioned above meet the criteria for being at the very top of the income ladder for everyone that lives there.

If you’re curious enough, here are the poorest cities in Texas, according to data:

Poorest: Prairie View
2nd Poorest: Raymondville
3rd Poorest: Commerce

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Detailed List Of The Richest Cities In Texas

Rank City RichScore Median Income
1 Terrell Hills 5.0 $174,844
2 Bellaire 6.67 $195,018
3 West University Place 8.0 $243,226
4 Southlake 12.0 $207,917
5 Trophy Club 12.33 $139,156
6 Melissa 13.17 $104,390
7 Fair Oaks Ranch 13.33 $124,741
8 Colleyville 17.0 $164,682
9 Fate 18.17 $102,426
10 Prosper 18.5 $133,971
11 University Park 18.5 $211,741
12 Keller 22.0 $126,013
13 Coppell 26.17 $119,936
14 Alamo Heights 27.83 $129,597
15 Flower Mound 28.17 $128,426
16 Highland Village 32.83 $141,786
17 Lakeway 36.0 $124,556
18 Pearland 36.33 $102,124
19 Celina 37.0 $96,139
20 Buda 37.5 $79,821
21 Cedar Park 39.17 $96,612
22 Sachse 39.67 $97,759
23 Frisco 41.83 $120,701
24 Mansfield 42.5 $94,035
25 Highland Park 43.33 $200,208
26 Manvel 44.33 $90,195
27 Midlothian 45.17 $76,875
28 Woodway 46.5 $80,051
29 League City 46.83 $100,996
30 Providence Village 47.17 $88,662
31 Portland 47.67 $62,141
32 Hewitt 48.33 $72,842
33 Anna 49.0 $84,223
34 Sunnyvale 50.83 $137,721
35 Seabrook 51.83 $83,448
36 Allen 52.0 $104,132
37 Leander 52.33 $89,649
38 Mckinney 53.33 $87,608
39 Corinth 53.5 $91,336
40 Kyle 55.33 $72,822
41 Benbrook 57.67 $69,885
42 Roanoke 58.83 $67,218
43 Heath 59.67 $153,253
44 Sugar Land 60.5 $108,994
45 Katy 60.67 $73,865
46 Grapevine 61.83 $83,675
47 Schertz 63.67 $80,112
48 Murphy 64.0 $128,519
49 Helotes 65.0 $127,854
50 Fulshear 65.67 $174,194
51 Rockwall 66.0 $92,665
52 Plano 66.83 $88,578
53 Robinson 68.67 $80,095
54 Live Oak 69.17 $65,074
55 Cibolo 69.5 $92,773
56 Lumberton 69.67 $65,929
57 Pflugerville 70.67 $82,145
58 Burleson 71.67 $74,341
59 Little Elm 72.0 $93,094
60 Bee Cave 73.33 $101,765
61 Selma 74.0 $77,970
62 Midland 75.17 $75,646
63 Kennedale 76.33 $72,461
64 Richland Hills 77.0 $54,961
65 Fairview 79.0 $78,221
66 Friendswood 79.0 $98,609
67 Carrollton 81.33 $73,218
68 Nederland 83.83 $65,510
69 Addison 84.0 $73,813
70 Wylie 85.83 $88,450
71 New Braunfels 86.17 $64,208
72 Sanger 86.5 $61,554
73 Bridge City 86.83 $72,635
74 The Colony 87.83 $76,613
75 Rowlett 88.17 $90,391
76 Boerne 91.33 $63,949
77 Farmers Branch 91.67 $65,810
78 Princeton 92.17 $57,374
79 Iowa Park 92.33 $48,434
80 Joshua 92.5 $58,555
81 Dayton 92.5 $54,857
82 Lake Jackson 92.67 $77,739
83 Georgetown 97.0 $67,753
84 Bedford 98.5 $64,933
85 Richardson 99.33 $76,719
86 Lucas 99.67 $151,188
87 Seminole 101.5 $49,844
88 Pleasanton 102.5 $59,853
89 Forney 102.5 $80,160
90 North Richland Hills 103.5 $65,340
91 Weatherford 106.33 $60,739
92 Azle 107.83 $61,946
93 Red Oak 107.83 $72,788
94 Bulverde 108.83 $91,579
95 Jersey Village 109.0 $61,983
96 Lewisville 109.17 $59,964
97 Round Rock 110.83 $76,295
98 Lockhart 111.0 $53,570
99 Watauga 111.83 $68,293
100 Saginaw 113.33 $80,814

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