Best counties to raise a family in Texas

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June 3, 2021
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Best counties to raise a family in Texas

Known in other parts of the world as shires, provinces, or territories, the United States’ counties (also known in certain states as boroughs or parishes) date back to the 1600s, when settlers first came to find freedom from British rule. Today, those counties remain, with the 50 states divided into several, each with its own unique makeup.

For people looking to find a home to raise a family in, choosing a county is an important decision. Most families place affordable homes, safe neighborhoods, a quality school system, and family-friendly activities at the top of their wishlists.

Stacker compiled a list of the best counties to raise a family in Texas using data from Niche. Niche ranks counties based on a variety of factors including cost of living, schools, healthcare, recreation and weather.

The list features counties that boast some of the top schools and fun, family-friendly activities for every season. Keep reading to explore the best counties to raise a family. Maybe you’ll find one that suits your brood.

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#25. Freestone County

- Population: 19,714
- Median home value: $111,800 (77% own)
- Median rent: $725 (23% rent)
- Median household income: $49,471
- Top public schools: Fairfield High School (A-), Teague High School (A-), Fairfield Junior High School (B+)
- Top private schools:
- Top places to live: Fairfield (B+), Teague (B), Wortham (B-)
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#24. Bexar County

- Population: 1,952,843
- Median home value: $161,800 (59% own)
- Median rent: $1,015 (41% rent)
- Median household income: $57,157
- Top public schools: Health Careers High School (A+), Reagan High School (A+), International School of the Americas (A+)
- Top private schools: Keystone School (A+), Saint Mary's Hall (A+), TMI Episcopal (A+)
- Top places to live: Alamo Heights (A+), Terrell Hills (A+), Northeast Inner Loop (A+)
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#23. Tarrant County

- Population: 2,049,770
- Median home value: $188,500 (61% own)
- Median rent: $1,095 (39% rent)
- Median household income: $67,700
- Top public schools: Carroll Senior High School (A+), Carroll Middle School (A+), Westlake Academy (A+)
- Top private schools: Trinity Valley School (A+), Fort Worth Country Day School (A+), The Oakridge School (A+)
- Top places to live: Southlake (A+), Colleyville (A+), Keller (A+)
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#22. Somervell County

- Population: 8,860
- Median home value: $219,000 (80% own)
- Median rent: $869 (20% rent)
- Median household income: $60,632
- Top public schools: Glen Rose Intermediate School (A-), Glen Rose High School (A-), Glen Rose Junior High School (B+)
- Top private schools:
- Top places to live: Glen Rose (B+)
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#21. Ellis County

- Population: 173,772
- Median home value: $191,400 (74% own)
- Median rent: $1,054 (26% rent)
- Median household income: $76,871
- Top public schools: Waxahachie Global High School (A+), Faith Family Academy - Waxahachie (A-), Margaret L. Felty Elementary School (A-)
- Top private schools: Ovilla Christian School (A-), Waxahachie Preparatory Academy (A-), St. Joseph Catholic School (unavailable)
- Top places to live: Ovilla (A), Oak Leaf (A-), Midlothian (A-)
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#20. Hays County

- Population: 213,366
- Median home value: $238,700 (62% own)
- Median rent: $1,154 (38% rent)
- Median household income: $68,717
- Top public schools: Dripping Springs High School (A+), Sycamore Springs Middle School (A), Dripping Springs Middle School (A)
- Top private schools: San Marcos Academy (A), Aesa Prep Academy (A-), Veritas Academy (B+)
- Top places to live: Buda (A), Dripping Springs (A-), Woodcreek (A-)
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#19. Robertson County

- Population: 16,990
- Median home value: $108,600 (76% own)
- Median rent: $709 (24% rent)
- Median household income: $52,928
- Top public schools: Mumford Elementary School (A), Roland Reynolds Elementary School (A), Franklin Middle School (A)
- Top private schools:
- Top places to live: Hearne (B-), Franklin (A-), Bremond (B)
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#18. Randall County

- Population: 134,026
- Median home value: $167,800 (71% own)
- Median rent: $917 (29% rent)
- Median household income: $68,261
- Top public schools: Arden Road Elementary School (A), Crestview Elementary School (A), Reeves-Hinger Elementary School (A-)
- Top private schools: Ascension Academy (A+), Holy Cross Catholic Academy (A-), St. Joseph Catholic Elementary School (unavailable)
- Top places to live: Canyon (A), Lake Tanglewood (B+), Timbercreek Canyon (B+)
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#17. Galveston County

- Population: 332,885
- Median home value: $199,200 (68% own)
- Median rent: $1,078 (32% rent)
- Median household income: $73,330
- Top public schools: Clear Lake High School (A+), Clear Horizons Early College High School (A+), Friendswood High School (A+)
- Top private schools: O'Connell College Preparatory School (A), Bay Area Christian School (A-), Trinity Episcopal School (unavailable)
- Top places to live: Friendswood (A+), League City (A+), Clear Lake Shores (A)
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#16. Bell County

- Population: 348,574
- Median home value: $147,700 (54% own)
- Median rent: $927 (46% rent)
- Median household income: $54,884
- Top public schools: Sparta Elementary School (A), Holland Elementary School (A), Tarver Elementary School (A)
- Top private schools: Holy Trinity Catholic High School (A), Central Texas Christian School (A), Memorial Christian Academy (B+)
- Top places to live: Belton (A-), Harker Heights (A-), Morgan's Point Resort (A-)
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#15. McLennan County

- Population: 251,089
- Median home value: $142,800 (59% own)
- Median rent: $871 (41% rent)
- Median household income: $49,778
- Top public schools: South Bosque Elementary School (A), River Valley Intermediate School (A), Midway High School (A)
- Top private schools: Vanguard College Preparatory School (A+), Live Oak Classical School (A), Bishop Louis Reicher Catholic School (A-)
- Top places to live: Woodway (A+), Hewitt (A), Lorena (A-)
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#14. Lubbock County

- Population: 304,808
- Median home value: $140,600 (55% own)
- Median rent: $940 (45% rent)
- Median household income: $52,429
- Top public schools: Reese Educational Center (A), Talkington School for Young Women Leaders (A), Rise Academy (A)
- Top private schools: All Saints Episcopal School (A+), Christ the King Cathedral School (A), Trinity Christian School (A-)
- Top places to live: Wolfforth (A), Lubbock (A), Shallowater (A-)
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#13. Brazoria County

- Population: 360,677
- Median home value: $197,700 (72% own)
- Median rent: $1,141 (28% rent)
- Median household income: $81,447
- Top public schools: Glenda Dawson High School (A+), Silvercrest Elementary School (A), Berry Miller Junior High School (A)
- Top private schools: Brazosport Christian School (A-), Living Stones Christian School (C+), Angleton Christian School (C+)
- Top places to live: Pearland (A+), Brookside Village (A+), Lake Jackson (A)
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#12. Comal County

- Population: 141,642
- Median home value: $282,300 (75% own)
- Median rent: $1,144 (25% rent)
- Median household income: $79,936
- Top public schools: Timberwood Park Elementary School (A), Hoffmann Lane Elementary School (A), Rahe Bulverde Elementary School (A)
- Top private schools: St. John Paul II Catholic High School (A), Bracken Christian School (A-), New Braunfels Christian Academy (B+)
- Top places to live: Garden Ridge (A+), Fair Oaks Ranch (A), New Braunfels (A)
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#11. Kendall County

- Population: 43,769
- Median home value: $348,500 (74% own)
- Median rent: $1,196 (26% rent)
- Median household income: $84,747
- Top public schools: Boerne-Samuel V. Champion High School (A), Boerne High School (A), Boerne Middle School South (A)
- Top private schools: Geneva School of Boerne (A), Crestmont Christian Preparatory School (unavailable), Hill Country Montessori School (unavailable)
- Top places to live: Boerne (A)
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#10. Dallas County

- Population: 2,606,868
- Median home value: $174,900 (50% own)
- Median rent: $1,105 (50% rent)
- Median household income: $59,607
- Top public schools: School for the Talented & Gifted (A+), School of Science & Engineering (A+), Highland Park High School (A+)
- Top private schools: St. Mark's School of Texas (A+), The Hockaday School (A+), Greenhill School (A+)
- Top places to live: Cottonwood Creek South (A+), Heights Park (A+), Coppell (A+)
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#9. Harris County

- Population: 4,646,630
- Median home value: $175,700 (55% own)
- Median rent: $1,078 (45% rent)
- Median household income: $61,705
- Top public schools: Carnegie Vanguard High School (A+), Michael E. DeBakey High School for Health Professions (A+), Kinder High School for the Performing and Visual Arts (A+)
- Top private schools: St. John's School (A+), The Kinkaid School (A+), The Awty International School (A+)
- Top places to live: Nassau Bay (A+), Spring Valley Village (A+), Memorial (A+)
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#8. Montgomery County

- Population: 571,949
- Median home value: $235,800 (71% own)
- Median rent: $1,203 (29% rent)
- Median household income: $80,902
- Top public schools: College Park High School (A+), The Woodlands High School (A+), Montgomery Intermediate School (A)
- Top private schools: The John Cooper School (A+), The Woodlands Christian Academy (A+), Esprit International School (A)
- Top places to live: The Woodlands (A+), Shenandoah (A-), Oak Ridge North (A-)
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#7. Chambers County

- Population: 41,305
- Median home value: $200,400 (83% own)
- Median rent: $918 (17% rent)
- Median household income: $91,141
- Top public schools: Barbers Hill Middle South (A), Barbers Hill El North (A), Barbers Hill El South (A)
- Top private schools:
- Top places to live: Mont Belvieu (A), Winnie (B+), Old River-Winfree (B+)
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#6. Williamson County

- Population: 547,604
- Median home value: $262,300 (68% own)
- Median rent: $1,327 (32% rent)
- Median household income: $87,337
- Top public schools: Westwood High IB World School (A+), Vandegrift High School (A+), Meridian World School (A+)
- Top private schools: St. Dominic Savio Catholic High School (A+), Grace Academy (A), Round Rock Christian Academy (A-)
- Top places to live: Brushy Creek (A+), Cedar Park (A+), Round Rock (A)
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#5. Travis County

- Population: 1,226,805
- Median home value: $324,800 (52% own)
- Median rent: $1,289 (48% rent)
- Median household income: $75,887
- Top public schools: Liberal Arts & Science Academy (A+), Westlake High School (A+), Barton Creek Elementary School (A+)
- Top private schools: St. Stephen's Episcopal School (A+), St. Andrew's Episcopal School (A+), Austin Peace Academy (A+)
- Top places to live: Old Enfield (A+), Rollingwood (A+), Gateway (A+)
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#4. Rockwall County

- Population: 97,175
- Median home value: $266,200 (82% own)
- Median rent: $1,429 (18% rent)
- Median household income: $100,920
- Top public schools: Grace Hartman Elementary School (A), Amy Parks-Heath Elementary School (A), New Elementary School (A)
- Top private schools: Heritage Christian Academy (A-), The Fulton School (A-), Providence Academy (unavailable)
- Top places to live: Rockwall (A), Heath (A), Fate (A)
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#3. Denton County

- Population: 833,822
- Median home value: $277,800 (65% own)
- Median rent: $1,218 (35% rent)
- Median household income: $86,913
- Top public schools: Flower Mound High School (A+), Hebron High School (A+), Founders Classical Academy of Lewisville (A+)
- Top private schools: Legacy Christian Academy (A+), Coram Deo Academy of Flower Mound (A+), Liberty Christian School (A)
- Top places to live: Flower Mound (A+), Highland Village (A+), Trophy Club (A+)
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#2. Fort Bend County

- Population: 765,394
- Median home value: $265,900 (77% own)
- Median rent: $1,431 (23% rent)
- Median household income: $97,743
- Top public schools: Seven Lakes High School (A+), Clements High School (A+), Obra D. Tompkins High School (A+)
- Top private schools: Logos Preparatory Academy (A+), Fort Bend Christian Academy (A+), Calvary Episcopal Preparatory (A)
- Top places to live: Cinco Ranch (A+), Sugar Land (A+), Greatwood (A+)
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#1. Collin County

- Population: 973,977
- Median home value: $315,300 (65% own)
- Median rent: $1,389 (35% rent)
- Median household income: $96,913
- Top public schools: Jasper High School (A+), Liberty High School (A+), Independence High School (A+)
- Top private schools: Prestonwood Christian Academy (A+), John Paul II High School (A+), Yorktown Education (A)
- Top places to live: Timberbrook (A+), Preston Highlands (A+), Plano (A+)

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