7 Best Places to Live in Texas


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Texans are quite loyal to their state, and it’s no wonder why. The Lone Star State always strives to bigger, and better, than anywhere else. A long and unique history, and diverse populations, have given Texas an identity unlike any other state in the country, and those features are reflected in each of the cities that dot the landscape. How do you decided which city is worth calling home? After hours of looking at factors like weather, culture, employment, education, amenities, and quality of life, we just may have found the seven best places to enjoy all that Texas has to offer.

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#1 Fredericksburg

Fredericksburg, Texas
It was hard to find a reason not to put this historic city at number one. Fredericksburg has a top notch education system, impressively low unemployment rate, and home prices that are high, but not so high as to be unaffordable. It’s also simply a beautiful place to live, with its German roots on full display in the charming downtown and weather that remains pleasant all year round. We tried to find a reason not to love it here, but it just wasn’t there.

#2 Allen

Allen, Texas
Allen has a lot in common with other affluent suburbs. The streets are relatively crime-free, the school system is solid, unemployment is low, house prices are high, and median income is high as well. Allen scored incredibly well in all of these criterion, making it simply a great place to call home. What boosted it up to the #2 spot is the higher population than cities with similar stats, creating greater population density and better amenities.

#3 Midland

Midland, Texas
Some pretty famous Texans have come out of Midland, including former first lady Barbara Bush. But what makes it a great place to live is not what has come before, but what it has to offer today and in the future. The unemployment rate, for example, is the lowest in Texas. Add to that the short commute time to get to all of those jobs, and valuable homes to come home to, and you have yourself a pretty solid city in which to settle.

#4 Odessa

Odessa, Texas
There is plenty to do in Odessa, which helped keep it in the top five. It’s not the largest city in Texas, but still offers countless amenities including the Ellen Noel Art Museum and the Globe Theatre and plenty of fantastic restaurants, bars, and music venues. Despite offering so much for residents, the cost of living remains relatively low, so it’s a great place to spend your days and nights.

#5 Hereford

Hereford, Texas
Probably the most comfortable place in Texas (or at least with the coolest average temperatures), Hereford offers residents a great climate in which to live. Also known as the “Beef Capital of the World” due to the sheer number of cows fed in the area, and the fact that the city takes its name from the Hereford breed, you’ll certainly never want for a great burger or steak. The city also boasts low unemployment rates and cost of living.

#6 Plano

Plano, Texas
Plano is great. It’s as simple as that. It didn’t take number one in any category, but it scored reasonably well or higher on everything we looked at. Crime rates are low, as are unemployment rates. The schools are strong, and receive a lot of financial support to keep the graduation rate high. It’s fairly dense, and with plenty of amenities to keep locals from getting bored. It’s just an solid city all around.

#7 Sugar Land

Sugar Land, Texas
Life is as sweet as it sounds in Sugar Land. But all puns aside, it really is a great place to call home. It’s sort of a strange place located within the massive city of Houston, but that means all of the larger city’s amenities are within reach while still maintaining a unique lifestyle, with high median income and home value. The secret is out, as Sugar Land is growing at a rapid pace doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon.