Texas has long been a family friendly state, but as commerce attracts more people to a range of Lone Star cities — making it the fastest-growing state in the nation — it’s becoming even more known for its affinity for families.
“It’s not a mystery why people — including young families — are moving to the state,” writes Andrew L. Wang on NerdWallet NerdWallet. “Well-paying jobs with relatively low costs of living and highly rated schools go a long way toward telling the story.”
Wang points to stats showing the state’s population ballooned 11 percent between 2010 and 2016 alone; today it houses some 28.3 million people. Among the best family centric Texas cities identified by online pundits:
- Wideopencountry.com picks the city of Schertz as No. 1 based on crime rate, employment opportunities, school rankings and overall family friendliness. The San Antonio suburb housing some 34,883 people boasts a well-educated workforce, a number of military veterans, quality schools, many enjoyable parks, a big July 4 Jubilee and a fun fall festival known as SchertzFest.
- NerdWallet looked at 239 towns of more than 10,000 residents in Texas, evaluating affordability, quality schools, future growth and prosperity and family friendliness. Its first choice? Murphy, a town of some 20,000 people near Fort Worth/Dallas with a median household income of $83,547. Attractions include the annual Maize Days festival, the Heritage Farmstead Museum and several great parks.
- Niche.com rates the Austin suburb of Rollingwood (population 1,603) as its No. 1 choice based on its public schools; housing; family features; jobs; cost of living; outdoor activities; crime/safety; nightlife; diversity; weather; health and fitness factors and commute. Median home values in Rollingwood are $757,100 and the median income is $176,250. “All our neighbors are very friendly,” writes one resident. “The location could not be better as I am able to walk to Zilker Park and the running trail … or to the ACL Music Festival.”
- The second choice for Niche.com is the Dallas suburb of Coppell, population 40,602, with a median home value of 300,300 and a median household income of $111,817. Writes one resident: “You get that small-town feel with the ability to hop on over into big-town Dallas whenever you want. When Friday night rolls around, everything in the town stops and everyone goes to the high school and cheers on the football team.”
- The second choice for Wideopencountry is Austin suburb Cedar Park. “Austin’s metro rail runs directly into Cedar Park, giving its citizens fast access to the downtown area, and its proximity to tech giants such as Dell, Samsung and Apple make it a fantastic place for those in the tech industry to live,” the site reports.
- Niche.com’s No. 2 choice is Houston suburb Greatwood, population 12,198. The median home costs $276,400 and the median income is $143,125. “It gives you such a warm, welcoming feeling with these lush trees,” a resident writes. “The allure of Greatwood, in addition to its natural surroundings, lies in its access to the freeway, range of home prices, amenities, safety, schools, and, in recent years, commercial development that has made life easier for the residents.”
- The third choice for Wideopencountry is Flower Mound, a Dallas/Fort Worth suburb where six local schools have earned the National Blue Ribbon of Excellence and the booming business district is right along a lakeside.
- Third choice for NerdWallet is Dallas suburb Frisco, a city of 138,000 that hosts the Dallas Cowboys and the NFL franchise’s 91-acre corporate campus and training facility.