Best places to live in Texas

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March 31, 2021
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Best places to live in Texas

What do you look for in an ideal town? Proximity to trails, lakes, and beaches? How about top-ranked schools for your children? Would you like a professional or college sports team nearby, or do you prefer museums and art walks?

Stacker compiled a list of the best places to live in Texas using data from Niche. Niche ranks places to live based on a variety of factors including cost of living, schools, health care, recreation, and weather. Cities, suburbs, and towns were included. Listings and images are from realtor.com.

On the list, there’s a robust mix of offerings from great schools and nightlife to high walkability and public parks. Some areas have enjoyed rapid growth thanks to new businesses moving to the area, while others offer glimpses into area history with well-preserved architecture and museums. Keep reading to see if your hometown made the list.

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#25. Murphy

- Population: 20,612
- Median home value: $351,400 (85% own)
- Median rent: $2,119 (15% rent)
- Median household income: $126,196
- Top public schools: Murphy Middle School (A+), Martha Hunt Elementary School (A+), Boggess Elementary School (A+)
- Top private schools: Oak Brook School (unavailable), Heritage Montessori Academy (unavailable), The Learning Experience - Murphy (unavailable)

- Pictured: 1127 Crestwick Dr, Murphy ($730,000, 5 bedrooms)
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#24. Highland Park

- Population: 9,168
- Median home value: $1,508,900 (83% own)
- Median rent: $2,275 (17% rent)
- Median household income: $211,136
- Top public schools: School for the Talented & Gifted (A+), School of Science & Engineering (A+), Highland Park High School (A+)

- Pictured: 4300 Armstrong Pkwy, Highland Park ($17.5 million, 4 bedrooms)
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#23. Friendswood

- Population: 39,688
- Median home value: $284,100 (81% own)
- Median rent: $1,389 (19% rent)
- Median household income: $111,478
- Top public schools: Clear Horizons Early College High School (A+), Friendswood High School (A+), Windsong Intermediate School (A+)
- Top private schools: The Galloway School (unavailable), Primrose School of Friendswood (unavailable), The Goddard School - Friendswood (unavailable)

- Pictured: 1402 Timber Creek Dr, Friendswood ($3.0 million, 6 bedrooms)
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#22. Colleyville

- Population: 26,462
- Median home value: $516,500 (96% own)
- Median rent: $2,141 (4% rent)
- Median household income: $163,509
- Top public schools: Carroll Senior High School (A+), Old Union Elementary School (A+), George Dawson Middle School (A+)
- Top private schools: Covenant Christian Academy (A), Crown of Life Lutheran School (unavailable), Waypoint Montessori (unavailable)

- Pictured: 5513 Montclair Dr, Colleyville ($8.0 million, 6 bedrooms)
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#21. Alamo Heights

- Population: 8,374
- Median home value: $627,500 (70% own)
- Median rent: $1,533 (30% rent)
- Median household income: $141,048
- Top public schools: Alamo Heights High School (A), Alamo Heights Junior School (A), Cambridge Elementary School (A)
- Top private schools: St. Luke's Episcopal School (A+)

- Pictured: 311 Primrose Pl, Alamo Heights ($1.7 million, 5 bedrooms)
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#20. Richardson

- Population: 116,432
- Median home value: $274,200 (59% own)
- Median rent: $1,403 (41% rent)
- Median household income: $85,678
- Top public schools: Murphy Middle School (A+), Stinson Elementary School (A+), Otto Middle School (A+)
- Top private schools: IANT Qur'Anic Academy (A), North Dallas Adventist Academy (A-), Weekday Kids at First (unavailable)

- Pictured: 411 Fall Creek Dr, Richardson ($1.9 million, 5 bedrooms)
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#19. Shady Hollow

- Population: 4,473
- Median home value: $402,400 (95% own)
- Median rent: $2,294 (5% rent)
- Median household income: $130,000
- Top public schools: Liberal Arts & Science Academy (A+), Richards School for Young Women Leaders (A), Bowie High School (A)

- Pictured: 12308 Edwards Hollow Run, Austin ($1.1 million, 5 bedrooms)
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#18. Terrell Hills

- Population: 5,371
- Median home value: $617,200 (90% own)
- Median rent: $1,887 (10% rent)
- Median household income: $181,979
- Top public schools: International School of the Americas (A+), Alamo Heights High School (A), Alamo Heights Junior School (A)
- Top private schools: St. David's Episcopal School (unavailable)

- Pictured: 602 Elizabeth Rd, Terrell Hills ($5.2 million, 5 bedrooms)
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#17. Brushy Creek

- Population: 18,399
- Median home value: $294,000 (75% own)
- Median rent: $1,517 (25% rent)
- Median household income: $110,179
- Top public schools: Round Rock High School (A+), Vista Ridge High School (A+), Stiles Middle School (A)
- Top private schools: Primrose School of Round Rock (unavailable)

- Pictured: 9608 Slate Creek Trl, Austin ($725,000, 4 bedrooms)
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#16. West Lake Hills

- Population: 3,311
- Median home value: $1,001,800 (81% own)
- Median rent: $1,433 (19% rent)
- Median household income: $187,569
- Top public schools: Liberal Arts & Science Academy (A+), Westlake High School (A+), Cedar Creek Elementary School (A+)
- Top private schools: Trinity Episcopal School of Austin (A), Fusion Academy Austin (unavailable), Bright Horizons at Westlake (unavailable)

- Pictured: 410 Spiller Ln, West Lake Hills ($6.5 million, 6 bedrooms)
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#15. Flower Mound

- Population: 76,555
- Median home value: $361,900 (86% own)
- Median rent: $1,731 (14% rent)
- Median household income: $137,285
- Top public schools: Flower Mound High School (A+), Coppell Middle School - North (A+), Colleyville Heritage High School (A+)
- Top private schools: Coram Deo Academy of Flower Mound (A+), Temple Christian Academy (A), Alden Montessori School (unavailable)

- Pictured: 4004 Quail Run Dr, Flower Mound ($6.5 million, 6 bedrooms)
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#14. Frisco

- Population: 177,020
- Median home value: $395,900 (72% own)
- Median rent: $1,505 (28% rent)
- Median household income: $127,055
- Top public schools: Liberty High School (A+), Independence High School (A+), Reedy High School (A+)
- Top private schools: Legacy Christian Academy (A+), Grace Covenant Academy - Frisco (A-), Frisco Montessori Academy (unavailable)

- Pictured: 16020 Preston Rd, Frisco ($6.5 million, 3 bedrooms)
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#13. Fulshear

- Population: 9,906
- Median home value: $399,300 (98% own)
- Median rent: $2,594 (2% rent)
- Median household income: $166,863
- Top public schools: Seven Lakes High School (A+), Obra D. Tompkins High School (A+), Fred & Patti Shafer Elementary School (A+)
- Top private schools: Children's Lighthouse - Katy - Cross Creek Road (unavailable)

- Pictured: 4309 Bowser Rd, Fulshear ($2.6 million, 3 bedrooms)
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#12. Plano

- Population: 287,064
- Median home value: $320,100 (59% own)
- Median rent: $1,418 (41% rent)
- Median household income: $95,602
- Top public schools: Jasper High School (A+), Liberty High School (A+), Plano West Senior High School (A+)
- Top private schools: Prestonwood Christian Academy (A+), John Paul II High School (A+), Yorktown Education (A)

- Pictured: 2104 Willow Bend Dr, Plano ($4.8 million, 7 bedrooms)
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#11. Rollingwood

- Population: 1,532
- Median home value: $1,103,100 (93% own)
- Median rent: $3,501 (7% rent)
- Median household income: $193,750
- Top public schools: Liberal Arts & Science Academy (A+), Westlake High School (A+), Cedar Creek Elementary School (A+)

- Pictured: 1616 Northumberland Rd, Austin ($1.8 million, 0 bedrooms)
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#10. New Territory

- Population: 15,699
- Median home value: $276,800 (85% own)
- Median rent: $1,554 (15% rent)
- Median household income: $135,444
- Top public schools: Stephen F. Austin High School (A+), Brazos Bend Elementary School (A), Sartartia Middle School (A)

- Pictured: 319 Lake Bend Dr, Sugar Land ($698,750, 5 bedrooms)
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#9. Greatwood

- Population: 12,437
- Median home value: $322,000 (93% own)
- Median rent: $2,000 (7% rent)
- Median household income: $148,047
- Top public schools: George Ranch High School (A), Bess Campbell Elementary School (A), Susanna Dickinson Elementary School (A)

- Pictured: 2019 Shadow Bend Dr, Sugar Land ($649,900, 4 bedrooms)
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#8. Spring Valley Village

- Population: 4,282
- Median home value: $789,000 (97% own)
- Median rent: $3,501 (3% rent)
- Median household income: $206,654
- Top public schools: Memorial High School (A+), Cornerstone Academy (A), Valley Oaks Elementary School (A)

- Pictured: 1201 Ben Hur Dr, Houston ($2.6 million, 6 bedrooms)
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#7. Southlake

- Population: 31,292
- Median home value: $676,900 (94% own)
- Median rent: $1,367 (6% rent)
- Median household income: $240,248
- Top public schools: Carroll Senior High School (A+), Carroll Middle School (A+), Carroll Elementary School (A+)
- Top private schools: The Clariden School (A-), Carpe Diem Private Preschool: Southlake (unavailable), Fusion Academy Southlake (unavailable)

- Pictured: 940 W Dove Rd, Southlake ($10.0 million, 8 bedrooms)
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#6. University Park

- Population: 25,036
- Median home value: $1,295,500 (82% own)
- Median rent: $2,069 (18% rent)
- Median household income: $224,485
- Top public schools: School for the Talented & Gifted (A+), School of Science & Engineering (A+), Highland Park High School (A+)
- Top private schools: The Day School at HP Pres (unavailable)

- Pictured: 6915 Baltimore Dr, University Park ($46.5 million, 6 bedrooms)
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#5. Sugar Land

- Population: 118,709
- Median home value: $323,300 (81% own)
- Median rent: $1,775 (19% rent)
- Median household income: $121,274
- Top public schools: Clements High School (A+), Dulles High School (A+), Stephen F. Austin High School (A+)
- Top private schools: Logos Preparatory Academy (A+), Fort Bend Christian Academy (A+), Saint Theresa Catholic School - Sugar Land (A)

- Pictured: 5324 Palm Royale Blvd, Sugar Land ($9.9 million, 9 bedrooms)
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#4. Nassau Bay

- Population: 4,048
- Median home value: $243,700 (51% own)
- Median rent: $1,154 (49% rent)
- Median household income: $89,850
- Top public schools: Clear Lake High School (A+), Clear Horizons Early College High School (A+), Lloyd R. Ferguson Elementary School (A)
- Top private schools: St. Thomas the Apostle Episcopal School (unavailable)

- Pictured: 18658 Martinique Dr, Houston ($1.3 million, 4 bedrooms)
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#3. Cinco Ranch

- Population: 16,437
- Median home value: $373,600 (83% own)
- Median rent: $1,375 (17% rent)
- Median household income: $141,752
- Top public schools: Seven Lakes High School (A+), Cinco Ranch High School (A+), Beckendorff Junior High School (A+)
- Top private schools: Cinco Ranch Montessori School (unavailable)

- Pictured: 22815 Chaus Ct, Katy ($850,000, 5 bedrooms)
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#2. The Woodlands

- Population: 113,819
- Median home value: $374,200 (71% own)
- Median rent: $1,566 (29% rent)
- Median household income: $122,634
- Top public schools: College Park High School (A+), The Woodlands High School (A+), Creekside Forest Elementary School (A+)
- Top private schools: The John Cooper School (A+), The Woodlands Christian Academy (A+), The Woodlands Preparatory School (A+)

- Pictured: 47 Grand Regency Cir, The Woodlands ($6.5 million, 6 bedrooms)
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#1. Coppell

- Population: 41,645
- Median home value: $388,800 (72% own)
- Median rent: $1,450 (28% rent)
- Median household income: $122,340
- Top public schools: Coppell High School (A+), Coppell Middle School - North (A+), New Tech High School at Coppell (A+)
- Top private schools: Coppell Montessori Academy (unavailable), Spanish Schoolhouse (unavailable), Primrose School of Coppell (unavailable)

- Pictured: 542 Beverly Dr, Coppell ($3.0 million, 5 bedrooms)

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