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Best Dallas Suburbs


This mid-year update to the 2016 best suburbs in Dallas analysis described on this page ranks 96 DFW towns and cities based on measurable livability factors that quantify the desirability of available housing, the quality of local schools and the safety and security environment for each city and town. Unlike some other published rankings, the conclusions from this analysis are based on the most current data available and subjective factors, such as are drawn from self-selecting opinion surveys, are not included as ranking factors.

Since one of the principal reasons this website exists is to make available community and housing information that is useful to prospective home buyer clients, this analysis has been designed to identify the best places in the Dallas area to buy a home. It turns out, of course, that the evaluation factors employed in this best suburbs to buy a home analysis point to results that are generally similar to those produced by any truly objective best Dallas suburbs and top places to live in Dallas Fort Worth ranking analyses.

Top 25 Dallas suburbs

2015 house prices
rankcity/townmedianlowhigh
1Murphy$325,000$190,000$725,000
2Flower Mound$335,950$150,000$1,350,000
3Allen$270,000$110,000$850,000
4Highland Village$340,000$175,000$950,000
5Fairview$408,000$190,000$1,250,000
6Southlake$636,000$250,000$3,000,000
7Melissa$212,950$120,000$470,000
8University Park$1,332,500$500,000$3,200,000
9Wylie$204,000$80,000$575,000
10Colleyville$509,950$200,000$1,750,000
11Frisco$336,000$140,000$2,500,000
12Sunnyvale$360,000$200,000$740,000
13Keller$371,500$110,000$1,400,000
14Trophy Club$390,000$180,000$975,000
15Celina$247,450$50,000$850,000
16Coppell$360,000$160,000$1,650,000
17Prosper$415,000$170,000$1,200,000
18McKinney$265,000$60,000$1,200,000
19Heath$492,000$125,000$1,200,000
20Highland Park$1,352,000$550,000$5,500,000
21Little Elm$219,000$90,000$550,000
22Sachse$226,000$80,000$520,000
23Corinth$215,000$80,000$650,000
24Forney$185,000$70,000$440,000
25Grapevine$300,000$120,000$900,000


To assist in determining which DFW communities best meet your specific requirements, the evaluation metrics for all of the Dallas area suburbs included in the Best DFW cities/towns to buy home rankings, along with the metrics for the cities of Dallas and Fort Worth, are provided in the table below. Additional demographic and location information that is more related to the specific needs of an individual or family and links to current MLS listings in each city and town that can be viewed in ascending or descending price order are provided on this more about Dallas suburbs page. You also may find these best Dallas area neighborhoods, best DFW school districts pages, DFW commute times and distances and DFW property tax rates pages useful.

As further described in the Methodology section at the bottom of this page, general desirability of housing was based on how much the market price of single-family home values have appreciated during the prior three years, how willing homebuyers are to invest their money in owning a home and relatively what they are willing to pay for it, and how quickly houses sell at a market-determined price. Local schools performance is evaluated based on the aggregate STAAR score of the public schools serving these communities. Violent and property crime rates indicate which Dallas area towns and cities are likely the safest places to live. Median home prices of previously occupied MLS-listed homes sold during 2015, also shown in the tables below, were not considered in compiling these Dallas best places to buy a home rankings, and are provided for information only.

The table in which this data is presented is completely sortable. For example, if you want to see all cities and towns sorted in descending median house price order, double click on the "median house price" column heading. You also can limit the display of information to a single city or town by entering its name in the Search box.

Best DFW cities/towns to buy home rankings

desirabilitysafety
rankcity/townmedian
house price
3-year
appreciation
residences
owner-occupied
sq. ft.
price
days on
market
scores
at/above STAAR
achievement
standard
violent
crime
property
crime
1Murphy$325,00023.2%94.2%$107.783090.4%0.86.0
2Flower Mound$335,95016.8%89.3%$126.843191.8%0.57.1
3Allen$270,00023.1%76.8%$113.832992.1%0.810.8
4Highland Village$340,00015.7%95.3%$119.223991.3%0.97.8
5Fairview$408,00015.6%82.0%$147.015693.9%0.55.9
6Southlake$636,0004.5%92.4%$173.245696.1%0.311.9
7Melissa$212,95018.8%89.5%$95.443890.2%0.86.4
8University Park$1,332,5005.9%75.9%$364.067696.6%0.111.6
9Wylie$204,00025.4%84.5%$95.552687.4%0.97.6
10Colleyville$509,95013.5%95.9%$149.345490.3%0.55.1
11Frisco$336,00024.4%74.8%$125.913289.9%0.915.6
12Sunnyvale$360,00030.9%95.4%$115.074989.0%
13Keller$371,50014.6%84.0%$127.624090.8%0.57.3
14Trophy Club$390,0004.1%92.7%$130.684191.4%0.23.4
15Celina$247,45019.5%78.5%$112.854990.9%1.48.7
16Coppell$360,00017.2%71.3%$144.633890.1%0.611.9
17Prosper$415,00016.5%77.3%$124.094990.0%0.610.0
18McKinney$265,00024.9%68.7%$113.533088.8%1.616.4
19Heath$492,00012.1%98.1%$133.696387.3%0.26.8
20Highland Park$1,352,0003.8%81.7%$463.927691.1%0.219.7
21Little Elm$219,00025.2%80.3%$99.972983.4%1.06.0
22Sachse$226,00027.7%86.5%$100.373081.1%0.611.2
23Corinth$215,00020.7%84.0%$98.772884.1%1.39.8
24Forney$185,00020.2%86.2%$88.473585.1%1.314.5
25Grapevine$300,00021.8%57.9%$132.712887.5%1.421.0
26Plano$289,90020.0%63.1%$124.243087.1%1.518.0
27Rockwall$243,50016.4%74.0%$102.714287.0%1.117.1
28Roanoke$254,00026.1%57.9%$108.213588.5%2.228.8
29Mansfield$225,00016.5%79.0%$92.993484.5%0.915.3
30Willow Park$223,0008.5%$104.343886.7%0.810.3
31Hickory Creek$255,00020.8%$100.273582.8%1.215.2
32Parker$541,5006.0%$129.405387.3%0.28.4
33Midlothian$214,00014.9%74.9%$98.904885.1%1.112.7
34Lantana$340,0007.3%90.7%$110.334590.0%
35Watauga$126,73023.1%78.0%$85.402680.3%1.422.7
36Fate$205,00014.7%91.9%$91.463686.4%
37Richardson$240,45021.7%60.4%$117.062983.2%1.520.0
38Lucas$514,50014.9%85.5%$144.406689.0%
39Anna$169,00020.1%81.0%$89.713677.9%1.110.1
40Hurst$166,00016.0%65.6%$93.722887.5%2.642.8
41North Richland Hills$191,50015.5%63.2%$101.423183.6%1.823.1
42Royse City$160,25017.7%74.3%$93.394079.8%1.79.9
43Bedford$200,00012.8%56.7%$100.802786.7%2.824.1
44Euless$192,25014.3%43.1%$101.622785.7%1.420.2
45Burleson$162,00014.2%72.1%$89.863981.6%1.620.4
46Saginaw$149,90015.6%77.7%$80.252879.3%1.819.3
47Princeton$162,50022.5%68.5%$90.423178.7%2.711.7
48The Colony$200,00025.2%63.5%$104.222576.4%1.711.9
49Rowlett$190,00021.5%86.0%$89.263175.1%1.914.8
50Carrollton$225,85022.4%61.6%$109.972677.0%1.522.0
51Lake Dallas$173,45014.1%61.4%$92.062782.8%4.914.7
52Sanger$151,24014.4%64.4%$102.303378.5%1.916.2
53Richland Hills$122,75016.1%66.8%$72.613275.5%1.225.9
54White Settlement$95,00021.5%50.1%$68.083578.0%2.524.2
55Grand Prairie$170,00022.8%61.7%$81.093374.6%2.521.8
56Denton$189,15016.6%48.5%$99.295980.9%2.324.0
57River Oaks$78,90025.9%70.6%$69.174570.1%0.522.4
58Joshua$150,0008.7%75.3%$85.245279.1%3.613.1
59Waxahachie$167,50012.1%56.1%$91.874979.4%1.526.1
60Kennedale$249,9005.5%70.2%$89.934879.7%2.322.4
61Lewisville$216,55018.5%44.6%$112.962776.7%2.322.8
62Cedar Hill$142,95026.9%71.5%$77.454870.7%1.929.3
63Weatherford$181,50011.4%61.5%$102.416377.6%1.621.9
64Seagoville$119,00029.0%70.4%$72.023868.9%1.433.0
65Garland$150,00020.3%63.9%$87.433374.3%3.031.5
66Red Oak$167,00014.1%69.6%$80.495673.9%1.027.7
67Forest Hill$93,00022.5%73.6%$60.073769.8%2.233.3
68Azle$157,66310.4%66.0%$98.506577.0%2.329.2
69Haltom City$105,00021.6%55.9%$70.573773.4%2.930.6
70Everman$81,80020.4%70.5%$57.413772.0%3.627.0
71Crowley$146,00014.5%71.3%$77.045172.3%2.322.1
72Mesquite$127,40024.7%58.8%$74.403372.2%3.340.7
73Keene$115,900-1.8%49.6%$64.205380.8%2.813.9
74Glenn Heights$140,50026.7%70.9%$71.104867.5%3.518.7
75Benbrook$169,00011.4%68.7%$93.764069.6%1.221.1
76Farmers Branch$186,00019.9%59.1%$116.923066.8%1.523.7
77Kaufman$130,00014.9%51.1%$82.206073.2%2.121.3
78Irving$196,00014.8%38.7%$111.994073.4%2.025.5
79Arlington$160,00016.7%56.7%$85.263374.3%5.034.4
80Decatur$186,9667.2%56.5%$103.808779.7%2.347.5
81Lancaster$125,50031.1%65.4%$63.673968.4%4.940.8
82Cockrell Hill$107,50036.8%$69.357167.3%4.623.1
83Duncanville$132,00026.2%67.4%$72.454567.4%4.130.5
84Fort Worth$167,00013.6%57.7%$93.053974.3%5.335.9
85Ennis$123,00011.5%53.4%$75.347274.3%2.833.7
86Cleburne$120,90012.0%59.9%$78.916172.4%3.330.7
87Balch Springs$94,25041.3%56.3%$63.743668.5%9.843.0
88DeSoto$159,90022.5%64.8%$70.664863.5%3.227.6
89Greenville$115,0006.1%53.7%$66.946574.7%4.234.1
90Sansom Park$75,66718.0%$57.123967.8%5.128.2
91Terrell$129,90015.9%52.4%$79.486173.2%6.337.2
92Hutchins$88,00027.2%77.4%$52.695356.9%1.829.9
93Dallas$287,00013.8%43.0%$166.254170.5%6.934.4
94Granbury$181,5004.7%38.1%$100.118874.6%2.059.9
95Addison$338,87512.6%22.8%$161.634566.5%4.047.1
96Lake Worth$95,00012.4%$64.624565.2%3.2111.7


Note: Crime rates are offenses reported per 1,000 residents.

Sources: North Texas Real Estate Information Systems Inc. / 2015 existing single-family homes sales and price data; Texas Education Agency / 2016 accountability rating data; U.S. Census / 2014 home owner occupancy data; Federal Bureau of Investigation / 2015 Annual Uniform Crime Report.

Methodology

All home buyers have their own ideas about why they prefer one place over another, but there seem to be three general requirements that top the selection criteria of almost all of the DFW home buyers with whom I work. Typically the first requirements mentioned are great houses and top-notch schools. A "safe" and "nice" place to live also is frequently mentioned. Metrics to quantify these three factors have been selected to analyze and rank which DFW metroplex cities and towns are the best places to purchase a home.

Each city and town included in this analysis was measured against six evaluation criteria that were selected to reflect these three factors. Within each evaluation category, the top rated community was awarded the maximum points allocated to that category and bottom rated city or town received zero points. All other cities and towns were awarded a proportional number of points based on how their individual scores compared to the score of the top rated city or town. Scores from all six evaluation categories for each community were added together and then divided by the total possible points to arrive at a total overall ranking score.

Crime statistics were not available for Fate, Lantana, Lucas and Sunnyvale and percentages of owner-occupied residences were not available for Cockrell Hill, Hickory Creek, Lake Worth, Parker, Sansom Park and Willow Park. These communities were credited with no points for those evaluation categories and the total possible points for each of these cities and towns were adjusted accordingly.

Desirability: 75 points

Based on recent home price appreciation, percentage of owner-occupied homes and average number of days required to sell single-family homes. Home price appreciation was allocated thirty points and was calculated by comparing the weighted average price per square foot of MLS-listed existing single family homes sold in 2015 and 2012. The community with the highest percentage of owner-occupied homes was awarded twenty-five points. The communities with the highest single-family homes price per square foot and the lowest average number of days on market were each awarded ten points. Sources: North Texas Real Estate Information Systems Inc. and U.S. Census Bureau.

Schools: 75 points

Based on the percentage of students meeting the TEA's 2015 State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) achievement standards on reading, writing, mathematics, science and social studies subject assessments. Sources: Texas Education Agency.

Safety: 50 points

Based on FBI statistics for eight types of offenses: murder and negligent homicide, forcible rape, robbery and aggravated assault (violent crimes), and burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and larceny (property crimes). The crime statistics shown above for each community are the number of incidents reported per 1,000 residents living there. Twenty-five points were awarded to community with the lowest incidence of violent crimes and twenty-five points were awarded to community with the lowest incidence of property crimes. Source: Federal Bureau of Investigation Uniform Crime Report.




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