These Are The 10 Richest Cities In Texas For 2018


We analyzed over 387 places in Texas to determine where the 1% live.

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Terrell Hills, Bellaire, Trophy Club: These cities aren’t just some of the best places to live in Texas. They are also home to some of the richest people in the Lone Star State.

Terrell Hills in particular houses the richest residents in the state thanks, in part, to a median household income of $180,128 and a ridiculously low poverty rate of 1.4%.

If you’re thinking of moving to one of these towns, you’ll probably need to start saving. The richest places in Texas share common characteristics such as having a genius level populous, sky high home prices, and a Pleasantville level of married couples.

How did we come up with these mega wealthy cities? We analyzed Census data from the 2012-2016 American Community Survey for the 345 places in Texas with more than 5,000 people.

At the end of the day, here’s the set of the 10 richest places in Texas for 2018:

  1. Terrell Hills (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Bellaire (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Trophy Club (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Fair Oaks Ranch (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. West University Place (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Melissa (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Helotes (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Colleyville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Southlake (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. University Park (Photos | Homes For Sale)

For more on how we calculated the top ten, read on or skip to the end for the full list of the richest cities in Texas.

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

How We Determined The Richest Places In Texas For 2018

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 2012-2016 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 345 places with more than 5,000 people in Texas, we ranked each place from 1 to 345 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 Place In Texas For 2018”.

You can learn more about the top ten below or skip to the end to see the rankings for all 345 places.

Terrell Hills, TX

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 5,190.0
Median Income: $180,128.0
Unemployment Rate: 2.0%
Poverty Rate: 1.4%
More on Terrell Hills: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Bellaire, TX

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 18,140.0
Median Income: $187,805.0
Unemployment Rate: 2.1%
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.

Trophy Club, TX

Source: Town of Trophy Club
Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 10,987.0
Median Income: $133,457.0
Unemployment Rate: 2.0%
Poverty Rate: 2.2%
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.

Fair Oaks Ranch, TX

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 8,582.0
Median Income: $125,119.0
Unemployment Rate: 2.4%
Poverty Rate: 1.5%
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.

West University Place, TX

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 15,318.0
Median Income: $220,868.0
Unemployment Rate: 2.7%
Poverty Rate: 2.7%
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.

Melissa, TX

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 6,844.0
Median Income: $101,518.0
Unemployment Rate: 2.2%
Poverty Rate: 0.9%
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.

Helotes, TX

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 8,329.0
Median Income: $114,063.0
Unemployment Rate: 2.0%
Poverty Rate: 2.5%
More on Helotes: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Helotes (/hlots/ h-LOH-tiss) is a city in Bexar County, Texas, United States, located on the far northwest side of San Antonio. It is part of the San Antonio-New Braunfels Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 7,341 at the 2010 census.

Colleyville, TX

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 24,982.0
Median Income: $162,183.0
Unemployment Rate: 3.2%
Poverty Rate: 1.9%
More on Colleyville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Southlake, TX

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 29,101.0
Median Income: $189,432.0
Unemployment Rate: 3.3%
Poverty Rate: 2.5%
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.

University Park, TX

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 24,346.0
Median Income: $198,438.0
Unemployment Rate: 3.6%
Poverty Rate: 4.2%
More on University Park: Real Estate | Data | Photos

University Park is a city in Dallas County, Texas, United States, an inner northern suburb of Dallas. The population was 23,068 at the 2010 census. The city is home to Southern Methodist University.

There You Have It – The Wealthiest Places In Texas For 2018

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

For more Texas reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Richest Cities In Texas

Rank City RichScore Median Income
1 Terrell Hills 5.17 $180,128
2 Bellaire 6.33 $187,805
3 Trophy Club 8.17 $133,457
4 Fair Oaks Ranch 9.67 $125,119
5 West University Place 10.5 $220,868
6 Melissa 12.17 $101,518
7 Helotes 12.33 $114,063
8 Colleyville 12.83 $162,183
9 Southlake 14.0 $189,432
10 University Park 20.5 $198,438
11 Coppell 21.33 $114,839
12 Keller 22.17 $122,292
13 Fate 22.67 $99,667
14 Highland Village 24.0 $138,058
15 Prosper 25.83 $120,270
16 Sachse 26.67 $93,270
17 Flower Mound 27.0 $123,492
18 Frisco 28.0 $117,642
19 Woodway 28.33 $79,019
20 League City 39.33 $97,087
21 Allen 39.5 $102,215
22 Celina 40.83 $94,856
23 Selma 41.0 $78,157
24 Mansfield 41.5 $90,216
25 Hewitt 41.5 $70,313
26 Pearland 42.33 $96,954
27 Murphy 42.33 $118,843
28 Mckinney 44.5 $83,257
29 Cedar Park 45.67 $87,466
30 Manvel 48.5 $82,170
31 Midlothian 48.67 $72,956
32 Lumberton 50.5 $65,151
33 Highland Park 51.33 $189,485
34 Sugar Land 52.5 $108,504
35 Buda 52.67 $72,020
36 Portland 52.83 $59,199
37 Alamo Heights 54.33 $110,980
38 Heath 54.33 $150,319
39 Corinth 57.83 $87,167
40 Seabrook 58.17 $84,764
41 Rockwall 58.67 $89,173
42 Benbrook 59.17 $66,448
43 Lakeway 60.17 $113,591
44 Anna 60.67 $76,198
45 Pflugerville 61.0 $77,899
46 Schertz 61.5 $77,139
47 Friendswood 61.67 $95,241
48 Roanoke 63.67 $62,878
49 Little Elm 63.83 $87,933
50 Grapevine 63.83 $81,571
51 Wylie 65.0 $82,139
52 Lake Jackson 65.33 $75,473
53 Plano 66.33 $85,085
54 Sanger 66.5 $57,464
55 Providence Village 66.67 $87,083
56 Midland 67.83 $71,500
57 Addison 68.5 $70,559
58 Kyle 68.83 $72,191
59 Live Oak 72.83 $61,873
60 Leander 73.83 $83,550
61 Cibolo 74.17 $91,827
62 Robinson 74.33 $76,316
63 Whitehouse 76.67 $64,196
64 Forney 79.5 $73,524
65 Burleson 82.83 $72,670
66 Fairview 83.0 $73,339
67 Sunnyvale 83.0 $126,250
68 Bridge City 84.17 $67,236
69 North Richland Hills 84.17 $63,537
70 Bee Cave 84.17 $93,160
71 Carrollton 85.5 $70,072
72 New Braunfels 85.5 $61,618
73 Weatherford 87.17 $57,759
74 Seminole 87.67 $51,613
75 Jersey Village 88.0 $65,345
76 Red Oak 88.17 $70,250
77 Kennedale 88.5 $71,875
78 Katy 88.5 $71,739
79 Bedford 89.17 $62,701
80 Iowa Park 89.5 $44,907
81 Azle 91.0 $57,923
82 Richland Hills 93.0 $50,481
83 Nederland 93.17 $64,801
84 Boerne 93.33 $61,259
85 Pleasanton 93.33 $59,646
86 Georgetown 94.67 $64,256
87 Rowlett 95.33 $85,565
88 Saginaw 95.83 $81,070
89 Universal City 96.67 $60,219
90 Ingleside 97.83 $60,414
91 Richardson 99.83 $74,877
92 The Colony 100.0 $73,830
93 Stafford 102.67 $59,402
94 Angleton 104.33 $54,322
95 Marble Falls 105.17 $41,426
96 Lewisville 108.67 $57,549
97 Windcrest 109.17 $75,972
98 Joshua 109.17 $51,762
99 Round Rock 109.5 $74,087
100 Lake Dallas 113.17 $68,785

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