Texas, the Lone Star State, the largest state in the continental U.S. where everything is bigger and better, has many great cities and places to call home. In this Southern state, the title of ‘best city’ is always a debate. However, on the basis of crime rate, housing, demographics, and education, we have tried to list out 10 top best places to live in Texas.
- The Woodlands
The woodlands, a census-designated place, is a great place to live in. With top marks scored in education, lower unemployment and crime rates, the Woodlands is considered to be one of the best livable cities in Texas. The only area where the Woodlands scores poor is transportation. The community has one of the worst accessibility scores on our list, and a longer commute time of 31 minutes.
Allen is one of the largest communities with low crime rate in Texas. With the third-best education score on the list, Allen appears to be near the top of our ranking. In this city, 78% of households own their homes- a much higher rate than the median of 59.9% for the large cities. The community takes pride in its culture and arts, from Quilters Guild to the Collin Country Ballet Theatre. The suburb is also the home to National American University-Allen and Collin College.
On the outskirts of Dallas lies Frisco, which has made its way on our list due its high homeownership rate of 75.5%, and schools ranking in the 92nd percentile. It is the second highest on our list. Frisco residents are committed to having fun, with football and cricket leagues. It also has miles of biking and hiking trails.
- Sugar Land
With a homeownership rate of 81.3%, Sugar Land is a great place to live in, as discovered by Houston area residents. The additional contributing factors to the higher ranking of Sugar Land are the lower unemployment rate of 3.7%, and a school system that lies in the 87th percentile. Also, when it comes to crime risk, this place has been given the highest grade of ‘safest city’ rating in the list. In 2012, 93% of the residents in the suburb rated their quality of life as ‘excellent or good’.
McKinney, located on the north Dallas, is a city that is no stranger to praise for its livability. Based on its historic downtown, hills, streams and charming neighborhoods, the city takes pride in its motto ‘Unique by Nature’. McKinley has a low unemployment rate of 3% and a crime-risk rating of ‘most safe’,for a place that is one of the fastest growing cities of the U.S. in the past decade.
Pearland is a growing community in the southern Houston area that received the list’s highest grade for safety. Recently, in a poll, 95% of the total residents said that they fell safe in their neighborhood. The city has a homeownership rate of 79.7%, andan unemployment rate of 3.6%. For the effort to preserve and enhance urban forest, Pearland has earned the recognition as ‘Tree City USA’.
Plano, the largest community in our top 10, scores very well in this list’s transportation metrics. The city has a walk score of 36, and commute time of 25 minutes-both among the best scores on our top 10 list. The city’s school system is ranked in the 75th percentile, and Plano received the ‘safest city’ rating for crime risk. Plano’s active community includes flag football and softball teams, as well as a commitment to volunteering.
- League City
The League City, 25 miles south of Houston, is praised not only for its quality of life, but for its growth as well. The population increased up to 8.9% from 2010 to 2013 which is 3.5% more than the average of the state. This city has an unemployment rate of 4.1%, and the school system ranks in the 76th percentile. The city has developed a 10-year plan that includes waterfront development and revitalization of the central historic development for supporting its growth.
- Missouri City
Missouri city, southeast of Houston, is historically known as one of the first communities in the state with a large middle-class black population. Today, 41.8% of the city’s population is black, which is much higher than 11.8% average in the Texas cities. The city has a homeownership rate of 84.5%, and is ranked ‘safest city’ highlighting the lower crime risk in the city.
Rounding out the top 10, Carrollton is a city about 19 miles north of Dallas. Carrollton has the shortest commute time of 24 minutes among the top 10. The city earns a Walk Score of 34 which is second highest on our list. The headquarters of a number of companies including Halliburton Energy services, STMicroelectronics, and Motel 6 is located in the city. However, Carrollton has not been able to fully experience the benefits of its corporations as it has the unemployment rate of 5.1%, which is the highest in the top 10.
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