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Best Places To Live In Texas 2018

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  • Seabrook, TX
  • (City)
  • Population: 13,038
  • Seabrook is a tiny southeast coastal Texas city mostly know for speed traps and a main route to Kemah and Galveston. Seabrook is a bedroom community for the local oil and gas industries, with only a few
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  • Friendswood, TX
  • (City)
  • Population: 38,272
  • Hi there, my family and I are considering moving to Friendswood, TX and are interested in any information about this community. We have a daughter that will be starting High School, so any information
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  • Frisco, TX
  • (City)
  • Population: 145,646
  • After living in Frisco, TX for five years, I have come to realize that this town is one that is set up on the basis of cowboys and horses being on every corner. This is a small town, which I enjoy, but I
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  • Allen, TX
  • (City)
  • Population: 94,710
  • and that corruption is the police. do not come here if you are A) under 21B) wealthyC) you think this is a "safe" city.If you are under 21 and walk or drive around you WILL be stopped by the police.If
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  • Cinco Ranch, TX
  • (City)
  • Population: 17,605
  • Cinco Ranch, Texas is a place that I am proud to say is my home. This community is actually one that was planned and developed. Once you move here, you will feel a connection to this place like you have
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  • Keller, TX
  • (City)
  • Population: 44,250
  • Keller, Texas is a great community with some wonderful people. I moved to Keller, Texas in 2006 as a single woman. At first I was traveling back and forth to Dallas for going out and happy hour. I had my
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  • League City, TX
  • (City)
  • Population: 94,976
  • I have lived in League City for about 20 years now. The amazing thing about League City is that it has remained almost the same as when the large explosion of growth happened in the Houston area. The
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  • Helotes, TX
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,329
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  • Colleyville, TX
  • (City)
  • Population: 24,982
  • I was living in Colleyville for a few years due to work and for the most part, it was a nice place to live. If you travel frequently, you'll be just a few minutes drive from DFW International Airport.
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  • The Woodlands, TX
  • (City)
  • Population: 108,373
  • I lived in The Woodlands, TX briefly when I was relocated to the greater Houston area and was seeking a community that had everything in one location. Though this is a master planned community, the
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  • Sugar Land, TX
  • (City)
  • Population: 85,681
  • The city heavily regulates building and business codes, making it more difficult to open, and expensive to maintain, a business. The police are quite active with stopping people for radar, and using red
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  • Coppell, TX
  • (City)
  • Population: 40,631
  • I love my home as I am centrally located to everything including things I love to do which is eat, enjoy the movies and attend different festivals in the summer. Coppell has a rich history and is known
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  • Lake Jackson, TX
  • (City)
  • Population: 27,407
  • I have lived in Lake Jackson, TX for 3 years now. At first, I was hesitant about the move, but once I got here, I realized that this town is everything I had ever dreamed of in a community. You always
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  • Trophy Club, TX
  • (City)
  • Population: 10,987
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  • Prosper, TX
  • (City)
  • Population: 15,236
  • Prosper, Texas is a community that is worth the drive from where ever you are. Once a well kept secret is now a town that is flourishing with new development and families that are all bringing out the
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  • Pearland, TX
  • (City)
  • Population: 106,238
  • I lived in Pearland, Texas since before the great influx of building and urban sprawl. This was fueled during the hot subprime market, and the entire place changed immediately. People that lived here
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  • Lakeway, TX
  • (City)
  • Population: 13,662
  • Living in Lakeway, TX was a great experience for my family and I. There are many things to do in this city and many places to go to keep you entertained. Coming from a busy economy, I have high
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  • West University Place, TX
  • (City)
  • Population: 15,318
  • I like that West University Place, Texas is a unique town. This town is a community that serves as a housing community for the bigger cities. Houston Texas is close to this city and serves the community
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  • Cedar Park, TX
  • (City)
  • Population: 63,551
  • When I was twenty years old I lived in Cedar Park, Texas. I lived there for two years. Cedar Park is a small city, neighboring the town of Round Rock, and runs through route 183A. The city has a great
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  • Southlake, TX
  • (City)
  • Population: 29,101
  • Moving to Southlake was one of the best decisions my family has ever made! While the town is widely known for its wealth, it's much more than that. The citizens are very philanthropic and are involved in
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  • Rockwall, TX
  • (City)
  • Population: 41,672
  • Rockwall, Texas is a beautiful city with reasonably priced homes, good schools and a lot of things to do. Since the summers are very hot here, I love to visit indoor theme parks in the summer such as
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  • Georgetown, TX
  • (City)
  • Population: 59,436
  • Georgetown, but not that one. I have lived in Georgetown, Texas for many years. The one word that can best describe Georgetown is stagnant. This is a good thing though. Georgetown has remained a
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  • Plano, TX
  • (City)
  • Population: 279,088
  • I would say Plano is a mix of conservative and liberal. Lots of people think they're conservative but act like liberals.ProsIf you need to buy services or products, you'll find them here. There's
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  • McKinney, TX
  • (City)
  • Population: 156,821
  • I really enjoy living in McKinney, as there are many things to do. One of the main reasons why I love living here is the weather. The summers are nice and hot while the winters tend to be very mild and
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  • Murphy, TX
  • (City)
  • Population: 20,015
  • Hello, I am a professional who bought a house in this area. Long story short: If you like country bumpkins, this is the place for you. I lived in the Aviary, currently there is not an appropriate
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  • Mansfield, TX
  • (City)
  • Population: 63,141
  • Mansfield is a great place to live at least for a single person like me. I love how this city has been designed just for people who like nightlife in a safe way. I have been living in this city for about
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  • Greatwood, TX
  • (City)
  • Population: 12,040
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  • Buda, TX
  • (City)
  • Population: 11,936
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  • Grapevine, TX
  • (City)
  • Population: 50,538
  • Grapevine is located minutes from DFW Airport, and only 30-45 minutes from Dallas and Fort Worth. In 2018 Grapevine will become a stop on the commuter rail, allowing for even easier travel to Fort
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  • Woodway, TX
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,708
  • Mayor Baker is an angry vindictive man! With regularity, Don Baker uses his political relationships at the City of Woodway to pull the puppet strings of his Judge Charlie and the admin team. Don't mess
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  • Bellaire, TX
  • (City)
  • Population: 18,140
  • Living in Bellaire is really great. The fact to keep in mind is that we live in Bellaire, although Houston is only a few minutes away. Some days it is nice to be able to spend time in the city, and with
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  • University Park, TX
  • (City)
  • Population: 24,346
  • There are lots of fun and interesting activities in University Park that you and your family can take advantage of. Whether you're looking for attractions that children will enjoy or want to plan a
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  • Richardson, TX
  • (City)
  • Population: 108,350
  • First. The reviewer who posted you could get robbed and murdered in Richardson? Not going to argue that. But you were in the South part of Richardson down new Lake Highlands and North Dallas and it is
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  • Universal City, TX
  • (City)
  • Population: 19,733
  • I love living in Texas, and I absolutely love living in Universal City! It's got all the Texas charm that you are used to hearing about and more! There is always something going on, especially if you
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  • Alpine, TX
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,973
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  • Round Rock, TX
  • (City)
  • Population: 112,767
  • I recently had the opportunity to spend several nights in Round Rock, Texas. Round Rock is approximately 15 miles north of Austin on Interstate 35, right in the heart of the beautiful Texas Hill Country.
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  • Rowlett, TX
  • (City)
  • Population: 59,203
  • This city is on the brinks of a great future. With being centrally located in DFW, and on the lake, a commercial development boom is about to occur in this great city. Bayside, a $1 billion property, is
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  • Canyon, TX
  • (City)
  • Population: 14,533
  • I originally came to Canyon, TX for college, but I NEVER LEFT! I love it. Canyon is a small town and the majority of the traffic is due in part to the University. So, if small college towns are not your
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  • Alamo Heights, TX
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,814
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  • Little Elm, TX
  • (City)
  • Population: 35,553
  • Little, Elm Texas is a small town 30 minutes outside of Dallas. Little Elm is currently expanding their area by building homes and businesses that can accommodate more residents. Little Elm has an
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  • Fredericksburg, TX
  • (City)
  • Population: 10,997
  • I really love Fredericksburg and everything this town has to offer! There is plenty to do here, but my favorite is visiting the museums! The National Museum of the Pacific War is located here housing
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  • Roanoke, TX
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,055
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  • Carrollton, TX
  • (City)
  • Population: 129,266
  • I got a ridiculous ticket that should have been a warning, tried fighting it in court but the judge denied. They wanted me to pay $150 the day I went to court which I didn't have until the next day. They
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  • Pflugerville, TX
  • (City)
  • Population: 55,712
  • I have lived in Pflugerville Texas, all of my 41 years. It is different than other suburban areas. This is because we were founded around the same time as the cities. This means that we did not begin as
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  • Jersey Village, TX
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,871
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  • North Richland Hills, TX
  • (City)
  • Population: 67,994
  • North Richland Hills is an affluent suburb located just north of Fort Worth and my job brought me to this city nearly 10 years ago. Over the years, I've become increasingly thankful for the people that
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  • Angleton, TX
  • (City)
  • Population: 19,245
  • What can I say? Angleton, Texas is a great place to live, whether you are young or old. Living in Angleton gives you the feeling that you are up to date on everything, you also get it all in a small
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  • Midlothian, TX
  • (City)
  • Population: 21,530
  • While I have lived in Texas for quite some time, I have only been in Midlothian, Texas for a few months. I feel like I have learned a lot about this city in those short few months, though! Being just 25
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  • New Braunfels, TX
  • (City)
  • Population: 67,097
  • I lived in New Braunfels Texas for about 5 years in my early twenties. New Braunfels is known for its german culture anand friendly people. This is a small town where it is easy to feel right at home.
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  • Boerne, TX
  • (City)
  • Population: 13,066
  • Living in Boerne, TX, was an excellent experience for me and my family. My family and I are from a busy city in San Jose, CA and are use to a fast paced economy. There are many things to do here and see.

Texas: Everything Really Is Bigger

As the saying goes, "Everything's bigger in Texas," and more than 28 million wouldn't choose to live anywhere else. Texas’ leading role in diverse industries like biomedical sciences and petrochemicals is definitely an appeal. Others may be drawn to the laid-back image of the cowboy lifestyle. The Lone Star State serves up size, beauty, and a wealth of opportunity. One of these great locations could be the perfect home for those thinking about becoming a Texan.

Located in the south central U.S., Texas is bordered by Louisiana, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and New Mexico; and shares an international border with Mexico. It also borders the Gulf of Mexico. The state capital of Texas is Austin, the second most populous state capital in the country, and its largest city is Houston, the fourth-largest city in the U.S. The name “Texas” comes from the Caddo word “Tejas,” which means “friends.”

Texas is traditionally thought of as a desert state, but in fact only 10 percent of Texas’ land area is desert. The state’s diverse geography ranges from coastal swamps, to rolling plains, to the desert. Three of Texas’ borders are formed by rivers: the Rio Grande, which forms a natural border with Mexico to the south; the Red River, which borders Oklahoma and Arkansas to the north; and the Sabine River, which forms a natural border with Louisiana to the east. Due to its size, Texas crosses several climate zones; while the Texas Panhandle can have very cold winters, the Gulf Coast has very mild ones. However, summer highs throughout the state routinely climb into the upper 90s.

Unlike some other scenic states, Texas is both rugged and sophisticated. The state has its own genre of cuisine, the nation’s top BBQ restaurants, and is home to the first Six Flags amusement park property, Six Flags over Texas. There is a diversity of activities to take part in throughout the state, from the Dallas nightlife to the beaches and islands of the Gulf Coast. The cost of living in Texas is cheaper than in other states, so don’t be shy about taking it all in. Due to the state’s vast size, you can base yourself in a major city like Austin or Fort Worth, but having a car or taking the bus is essential to getting between all of Texas’ major attractions, like its beautiful state parks.

The mix of urban flare and rural charm is what really makes the Lone Star State so appealing. Some of the trendiest places in Texas are also the most quiet, where brewers craft innovative beers and restaurants serve up an ever-changing mix of dishes, all inspired by the various cultures that have moved into Texas throughout its history.

Finding the best places to live in a state as big as Texas definitely isn't easy, but we'll help you out: these cities and neighborhoods are our top picks. To narrow down your list of the best places to live in Texas, you can also search by population size, search radius and other criteria that matters most to you.