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April 06, 2018 | home-buying

Lone Star Performers: 6 Stellar Places to Live Within Texas


It’s no secret the Lone Star State is booming, with many moving here from across the country to take advantage of benefits such as the growing economy, the family-friendly cities and the balmy weather.

In fact, the state’s population is expected to more than double to surpass 54 million by 2050, partly due to an influx of Hispanics from other states and countries.

“You don’t have to be a business owner to love and appreciate Texas,” writes Frank Holmes in Business Insider. “Many people are moving to the Lone Star State to take advantage of its many employment opportunities, tax advantages and all-around greatness.”

If you’re thinking of moving to or within the state, you might be interested in the attributes of one of these cities recently ranked highly for general living conditions by online listings.

  • Niche.com identifies the Austin suburb of Rollingwood (population 1,603) as the No. 1 best place to live in Texas based on its public schools; crime and safety factors; family friendliness; health and fitness opportunities; jobs; weather; housing; amenities for both millennials and retirees; outdoor activities; diversity and cost of living. The median home value is $757,100, the median household income $176,250. “All our neighbors are very friendly,” writes one reviewer. “As our city, complete with a mayor, is 400 houses, the police are very reliable. Overall, the location could not be better as I am able to walk to Zilker Park and the running trail on my days off, or for ACL Music Festival, an increasingly popular music festival in October.”
  • Livability.com chooses the Dallas suburb of Plano, population 275,645 as its No. 1 best place to live in the Lone Star State based on community amenities, education, sustainability, transportation, housing and economy factors. The city is also listed on the site’s rankings for best cities for retirement, families and downtowns. Features include 3,800 acres of parkland, access to excellent schools, a quality healthcare network, an affordable cost of living and positive growth in jobs and technology (companies headquartered in Plano include J.C. Penney, Frito-Lay, Toyota, Legacy West and Pizza Hut). Fun things to do? Check out the city’s more than 700 restaurants, network of interconnecting biking trails, 200-acre Arbor Hills Nature Preserve and thriving downtown boosted by light rail service to and from Dallas. Median household income is $83,793 while median home price is $231,600.
  • Ranked second for Niche.com is the Houston suburb of Cinco Ranch, population 17,015. Median home value in this ethnically and economically diverse community is $292,500, median household income $135,507. Amenities in the planned community include an elaborate lakeside beach club and an event center known as the Lake House offering a 76-acre community center featuring a resort-style saline swimming pool/water park. “Living in Cinco Ranch has been absolutely phenomenal,” writes one reviewer. “This has always felt like a safe place to grow up with great schools and great sense of community. Especially during the summer, Cinco Ranch has many places to visit, such as pools, shops, restaurants and great parks.”
  • In second place, Livability cites the ethnically diverse and growing town of Denton, population 125,734. The median income in this Dallas/Fort Worth suburb is $49,100, the median home value $154,300. Denton is home to the University of North Texas and Texas Woman's University, which collectively draw some 50,000 students annually. “We want to be a place for the creative thinkers, technology, people who want to get started, get their feet on the ground and get their businesses started,” affirms City Manager George Campbell. Amenities include the world-renowned Arts and Jazz Festival, which brings 225,000 people to town each April; the 32-acre Quakertown Park, housing a major event center and amphitheater; and a historic downtown that offers plenty of shopping, arts, dining and people-watching.
  • Ranking third for Livability.com is Corpus Christi, known for being the largest city on the Texas coast and for its beaches and windy conditions that facilitate wind surfing and kite boarding. Also named one of Livability’s Top 10 Staycation Cities, attractions in the city of 316,513 include the Art Museum of South Texas, the Texas State Aquarium, the Harbor Bridge and tours of the USS Lexington, while vacation spot South Padre Island is just 25 miles away. The median household income in Corpus Christi is $50,658, the median home price $115,400.
  • Coming in third on Niche.com is Houston suburb Greatwood, population 12,198. Amenities include the 5,000-acre Brazos Bend State Park, George Ranch Historical Park, the George Observatory and multiple swimming pools, playgrounds, walking trails and tennis courts. Median home value is $276,400, median household income $143,215. “People tend to raise their families in this area, so they tend to stay for a while,” one reviewer notes. “It is very pet and family friendly. There are many community events, and while I don't often attend, there is good awareness.”

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