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Best Places To Live In Texas 2020

Nearby Areas With A High Livability Score96
  • 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…[read more]
95
  • 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…[read more]
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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…[read more]
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  • Allen, TX
  • (City)
  • Population: 94,710
  • When my family moved here, we were excited about the possibilities of a great school district (by ratings online, exemplary schools, etc.), which was a GREAT change of pace from California (whose schools…[read more]
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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…[read more]
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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…[read more]
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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…[read more]
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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…[read more]
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  • Lake Jackson, TX
  • (City)
  • Population: 27,407
  • I have lived in Lake Jackson for 17 years, and moving here was the best decision of my entire life. I used to live in Seabrook, Texas, but Lake Jackson is better in every single possible way. The people…[read more]
93
  • 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…[read more]
93
  • 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…[read more]
93
  • North Richland Hills, TX
  • (City)
  • Population: 67,994
  • NRH is OK. We've lived here a long time. It's fairly conveniently located if you work in the northern half of Tarrant County. Because it's surrounded by other cities, pretty much anything you need is…[read more]
93
  • 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…[read more]
93
  • 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…[read more]
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  • Seabrook, TX
  • (City)
  • Population: 13,038
  • It could be better, I have a cousin that lives in Lake Jackson and it says it's way better to live there, and I honestly agree. The mall is huge and so many places to go out to eat. Plus It's right next…[read more]
93
  • 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…[read more]
92
  • Corinth, TX
  • (City)
  • Population: 20,764
  • I loved living in Corinth Texas, it’s very convenient to the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. Corinth is stellar for employment availability and for great housing at nominal prices. The area is very homeward…[read more]
92
  • Helotes, TX
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,329
92
  • 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…[read more]
92
  • 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…[read more]
92
  • Cedar Park, TX
  • (City)
  • Population: 63,551
  • I love the area since they have nearby shopping centers, beautiful scenery, and overall friendly people everywhere. It's definitely a nice getaway from Austin, less homeless and way cleaner. My only…[read more]
91
  • Jersey Village, TX
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,871
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  • Plano, TX
  • (City)
  • Population: 279,088
  • Was just reading YOUR review (croneathome Oct 01, 2015). You don't just sound racist, you are racist, and you know it. You said "You haven't been swindled until you have been swindled by a Mexican." …[read more]
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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…[read more]
91
  • 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.…[read more]
91
  • 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.…[read more]
91
  • 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.…[read more]
91
  • Round Rock, TX
  • (City)
  • Population: 112,767
  • Round Rock is a decent area for families and veterans, but I will admit they are picky when it comes to government jobs like City of Round Rock or Williamson County because I've applied for YEARS, and…[read more]
91
  • 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…[read more]
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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. …[read more]
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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…[read more]
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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…[read more]
91
  • Azle, TX
  • (City)
  • Population: 11,054
  • Azle is beautiful. It's country living but not too far from the city. Closest places for good shopping would be lake Worth. And Fort Worth is right next to that. The community is small, but growing. It's…[read more]
91
  • 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…[read more]
90
  • 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…[read more]
90
  • Waxahachie, TX
  • (City)
  • Population: 32,536
  • Located 30 minutes from Dallas, Waxahachie is a growing little town that manages to retain its small, friendly and safe community. With the growing the population there are consistently new businesses…[read more]
90
  • Sugar Land, TX
  • (City)
  • Population: 85,681
  • Sugar Land is horribly over rated unless you are fairly well off. It is a community of elitist and people who think very highly of themselves. The Police Dept is despicable, over zealous and under…[read more]
89
  • Conroe, TX
  • (City)
  • Population: 74,482
  • I was born in Houston Texas and I have live in the Houston, Texas metropolitan area for most of my life. For the past three years I have lived in Conroe, Texas and I have enjoyed the suburban lifestyle…[read more]
89
  • Portland, TX
  • (City)
  • Population: 16,144
  • Portland, Texas is a wonderful place to live. I have been living in Portland since 1983 when I got married. I am fortunate to live in one of the best areas in Portland, but really there are no "bad"…[read more]
89
  • Rowlett, TX
  • (City)
  • Population: 59,203
  • Moving to Rowlett 30 years ago was the best move I ever made. It is clean and the neighborhoods are quiet. First and foremost, the city makes a good effort to enforce the city codes that keep the city…[read more]
89
  • 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…[read more]
89
  • Kyle, TX
  • (City)
  • Population: 34,080
  • Living in Kyle, Texas is great if you wish to be close to the city of Austin, but want to have a smaller community surrounding you. The city of Kyle is within 20 miles of the city of Austin. You can be…[read more]
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  • Atascocita, TX
  • (City)
  • Population: 72,713
  • Atascocita was once a very small community located right outside of the west side of Houston. However, with the exponential growth in the Houston area, Atascocita has kind of gotten lost in the sprawl. I…[read more]
89
  • 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…[read more]
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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…[read more]
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  • Roanoke, TX
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,055
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  • Anna, TX
  • (City)
  • Population: 10,335
  • Simply put, Anna, Texas is just about one of the best areas in the great state of Texas to live in. That is coming from someone who has been living in Anna for 21 years now. I wouldn't change a thing…[read more]
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  • Leon Valley, TX
  • (City)
  • Population: 10,990
  • I experienced a lively time while living in Leon Valley Texas. The city is situated in Bexar County. Leon Valley is close to 165 Association San Antonio. The town has stellar academics. Their Northside…[read more]
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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…[read more]
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  • Pflugerville, TX
  • (City)
  • Population: 55,712
  • Don't even bother wasting your time here, the economy has tremendously decreased here, and the crimes have rose from the dead, literally, no joke... Umm, I would suggest going towards West Austin area,…[read more]

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.