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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Deer Park, TX
  • (City)
  • Population: 33,517
  • My boyfriends family is from Deer Park so unfortunately I am a frequent visitor. The chemical plants and refineries are absolutely disturbing. Everyone drives a pick up, has signs stating that they dont
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Jersey Village, TX
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,871
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  • Bedford, TX
  • (City)
  • Population: 48,864
  • Bedford TX is the place I visit at least once a year.It has been something my family has done for almost 6 years. During college football season, it is definitely the place to be. Whether I'm in the mood
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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
90
  • 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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  • Live Oak, TX
  • (City)
  • Population: 15,021
  • Growing on the outside of San Antonio's north east side, lies the little town of Live Oak; truly a beautiful place. Surrounding the outer corridor of San Antonio Texas, is a Highway loop called 1604, on
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  • Missouri City, TX
  • (City)
  • Population: 71,732
  • Having lived in Missouri City, TX for the past several years, I have come to find the city quite accommodating. Growing up in a much larger area, I have enjoyed the unique features this smaller community
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • The Colony, TX
  • (City)
  • Population: 40,757
  • This town is part of Denton County do not live in any town that are part of this county. If you want to live in a town that keeps letting "racial discrimination "lawyers Practice law in the same county
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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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  • 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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  • La Porte, TX
  • (City)
  • Population: 34,922
  • I never realized how much I loved living in La Porte, Texas, until Hurricane Harvey came to visit in 2017. It was then that I realized that I loved living in this coastal community because of the way
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  • Weatherford, TX
  • (City)
  • Population: 28,284
  • Weatherford Texas is a beautiful quiet town that is filled with so much history. It is my home and anybody who lives here is considered family. The people are so nice and we are a tight knit community.
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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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  • Helotes, TX
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,329
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  • Saginaw, TX
  • (City)
  • Population: 21,680
  • Saginaw, Texas is one of those places that people don't think really exist anymore. Great neighborhoods where the people actually look out for one another and take pride in their homes, and where the
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  • Watauga, TX
  • (City)
  • Population: 24,322
  • I have lived in watauga for about 8 years now. Very small city, but right in the middle of everything. If you want to go to Keller for shopping, the water park in North Richland Hills and the Stockyards
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  • Trophy Club, TX
  • (City)
  • Population: 10,987
  • I experienced an incredible lifestyle while living in Trophy Club Texas. The city is a premiere planned sector of Denton and Tarrant Counties. Trophy Club is a part of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. It
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  • Euless, TX
  • (City)
  • Population: 53,675
  • Euless is central to many places, has nice parks but people who live here need to know that there are many coyotes who are being continually displaced due to construction. Your small dogs and cats are
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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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  • Pecan Grove, TX
  • (City)
  • Population: 17,037
  • If you work in Houston, but want to live in a quieter suburb, then living in Pecan Grove, Texas may be for you. I have lived here in Pecan Grove for more than 10 years and I love it. The real estate here
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  • Buda, TX
  • (City)
  • Population: 11,936
  • Living here in Buda, TX has been a great experience. I really enjoy the small historical town look and feel of this city. Although it is known for its casinos, shopping, and its historical downtown
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  • Burleson, TX
  • (City)
  • Population: 41,962
  • I love the escape from the hustle and bustle of the city when I get home. Living in Burleson, Texas has a lot to offer especially for families. It's a very quiet town that's about 30 minutes from Dallas.
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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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  • Wells Branch, TX
  • (City)
  • Population: 12,245
  • Wells Branch Texas is an ideal place to live. It's ranked in the 97th percentile which makes it a really high livability. I love that there is so many close amenities to the location. It's one of the
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  • Greatwood, TX
  • (City)
  • Population: 12,040
  • I experienced fine stay while living in Greatwood Texas. The city is located in Fort Bend County. Greatwood is close to Sugar Land Texas and is in close proximity to Houston. The town has fine schools in
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  • Hutto, TX
  • (City)
  • Population: 21,241
  • If you're planning to visit Hutto soon or will be hosting friends and family who are coming to the area, there are several attractions to choose from. Round Rock Express is one of the best places to go
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  • Nederland, TX
  • (City)
  • Population: 17,132
  • I have lived the majority of my life in the South and the people are always very talkative and friendly. However this is not the case in Nederland. I really don't get that Southern Vibe. The cities are
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  • Katy, TX
  • (City)
  • Population: 16,632
  • People are nice enough; streets are clean; there are some nice parks. Other than that, there is not much to draw much interest. The traffic is horrible...here and through Houston...worse than NYC. There
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  • Alpine, TX
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,973

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.