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Best Dallas Suburbs


Best DFW suburbsThis 2016 best suburbs in Dallas analysis mid-year update ranks 96 DFW towns and cities based on measurable livability factors that quantify 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 data used to produce this ranking is current and subjective factors, such as personal feelings, tastes and opinions, 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, however, 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 best places to live in Dallas Fort Worth ranking analyses.

To assist in determining which DFW communities best meet your specific requirements, the evaluation metrics for all of the Dallas area suburbs included in this best DFW places to buy a home analysis, 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 is 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 how quickly houses sell at a market-determined price in each of these cities and towns. Local schools performance is evaluated based on the aggregate STAAR score of public schools that serve 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, select All in the Show entries box and 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 Dallas area suburbs rankings

desirabilitysafety
rankcity/town2015 median
house price
3-year
appreciation
residences
owner-occupied
days on
market
scores
at/above STAAR
achievement
standard
violent
crime
property
crime
1Murphy$325,00023.2%94.2%3090.4%0.77.5
2Flower Mound$335,95016.8%89.3%3191.8%0.59.2
3Allen$270,00023.1%76.8%2992.1%0.812.0
4Highland Village$340,00015.7%95.3%3991.3%0.46.8
5Wylie$204,00025.4%84.5%2687.4%0.910.9
6Melissa$212,95018.8%89.5%3890.2%0.514.0
7Frisco$336,00024.4%74.8%3289.9%0.817.7
8Southlake$636,0004.5%92.4%5696.1%0.214.5
9Keller$371,50014.6%84.0%4090.8%0.58.6
10Sunnyvale$360,00030.9%95.4%4989.0%
11Fairview$408,00015.6%82.0%5693.9%1.08.0
12Trophy Club$390,0004.1%92.7%4191.4%0.65.9
13Colleyville$509,95013.5%95.9%5490.3%0.45.7
14McKinney$265,00024.9%68.7%3088.8%1.518.5
15Coppell$360,00017.2%71.3%3890.1%0.612.1
16Celina$247,45019.5%78.5%4990.9%1.210.7
17Corinth$215,00020.7%84.0%2884.1%0.99.2
18Little Elm$219,00025.2%80.3%2983.4%1.28.4
19Sachse$226,00027.7%86.5%3081.1%0.89.0
20Prosper$415,00016.5%77.3%4990.0%1.214.3
21Forney$185,00020.2%86.2%3585.1%1.914.7
22Grapevine$300,00021.8%57.9%2887.5%1.223.5
23University Park$1,332,5005.9%75.9%7696.6%0.212.5
24Willow Park$223,0008.5%3886.7%0.210.0
25Heath$492,00012.1%98.1%6387.3%0.55.6
26Plano$289,90020.0%63.1%3087.1%1.719.7
27Roanoke$254,00026.1%57.9%3588.5%2.225.1
28Mansfield$225,00016.5%79.0%3484.5%1.015.0
29Rockwall$243,50016.4%74.0%4287.0%1.018.2
30Watauga$126,73023.1%78.0%2680.3%0.917.7
31Fate$205,00014.7%91.9%3686.4%
32Parker$541,5006.0%5387.3%0.02.9
33Lantana$340,0007.3%90.7%4590.0%
34Hickory Creek$255,00020.8%3582.8%1.915.6
35Richardson$240,45021.7%60.4%2983.2%1.722.7
36Anna$169,00020.1%81.0%3677.9%0.414.2
37Midlothian$214,00014.9%74.9%4885.1%1.416.8
38Euless$192,25014.3%43.1%2785.7%1.223.3
39North Richland Hills$191,50015.5%63.2%3183.6%1.822.6
40Hurst$166,00016.0%65.6%2887.5%3.744.0
41Highland Park$1,352,0003.8%81.7%7691.1%0.623.6
42The Colony$200,00025.2%63.5%2576.4%1.39.6
43Rowlett$190,00021.5%86.0%3175.1%1.313.6
44Royse City$160,25017.7%74.3%4079.8%1.67.5
45Saginaw$149,90015.6%77.7%2879.3%2.322.3
46Lucas$514,50014.9%85.5%6689.0%
47Burleson$162,00014.2%72.1%3981.6%1.721.9
48Lake Dallas$173,45014.1%61.4%2782.8%2.819.8
49Carrollton$225,85022.4%61.6%2677.0%1.321.7
50Princeton$162,50022.5%68.5%3178.7%2.912.7
51Bedford$200,00012.8%56.7%2786.7%4.526.4
52Sanger$151,24014.4%64.4%3378.5%1.716.5
53White Settlement$95,00021.5%50.1%3578.0%1.829.1
54Lewisville$216,55018.5%44.6%2776.7%2.024.2
55Grand Prairie$170,00022.8%61.7%3374.6%2.625.0
56Richland Hills$122,75016.1%66.8%3275.5%2.430.2
57Waxahachie$167,50012.1%56.1%4979.4%0.930.7
58Joshua$150,0008.7%75.3%5279.1%2.917.5
59Garland$150,00020.3%63.9%3374.3%2.732.5
60Kennedale$249,9005.5%70.2%4879.7%2.425.3
61River Oaks$78,90025.9%70.6%4570.1%1.419.3
62Seagoville$119,00029.0%70.4%3868.9%1.436.1
63Keene$115,900-1.8%49.6%5380.8%0.314.5
64Haltom City$105,00021.6%55.9%3773.4%2.527.5
65Denton$189,15016.6%48.5%5980.9%2.724.1
66Cedar Hill$142,95026.9%71.5%4870.7%2.030.6
67Forest Hill$93,00022.5%73.6%3769.8%2.532.2
68Mesquite$127,40024.7%58.8%3372.2%3.040.5
69Red Oak$167,00014.1%69.6%5673.9%1.129.8
70Weatherford$181,50011.4%61.5%6377.6%1.725.3
71Everman$81,80020.4%70.5%3772.0%4.424.1
72Benbrook$169,00011.4%68.7%4069.6%1.217.0
73Crowley$146,00014.5%71.3%5172.3%2.324.0
74Farmers Branch$186,00019.9%59.1%3066.8%1.928.9
75Arlington$160,00016.7%56.7%3374.3%4.835.2
76Irving$196,00014.8%38.7%4073.4%2.227.2
77Lancaster$125,50031.1%65.4%3968.4%4.740.1
78Glenn Heights$140,50026.7%70.9%4867.5%3.723.3
79Duncanville$132,00026.2%67.4%4567.4%3.135.3
80Azle$157,66310.4%66.0%6577.0%3.437.1
81Kaufman$130,00014.9%51.1%6073.2%2.220.2
82Decatur$186,9667.2%56.5%8779.7%1.633.1
83Fort Worth$167,00013.6%57.7%3974.3%5.643.4
84Cockrell Hill$107,50036.8%7167.3%3.226.0
85Cleburne$120,90012.0%59.9%6172.4%3.033.3
86Balch Springs$94,25041.3%56.3%3668.5%9.242.6
87Ennis$123,00011.5%53.4%7274.3%3.034.3
88DeSoto$159,90022.5%64.8%4863.5%2.834.1
89Terrell$129,90015.9%52.4%6173.2%5.634.4
90Hutchins$88,00027.2%77.4%5356.9%2.027.5
91Sansom Park$75,66718.0%3967.8%6.427.4
92Dallas$287,00013.8%43.0%4170.5%6.635.9
93Greenville$115,0006.1%53.7%6574.7%5.545.9
94Granbury$181,5004.7%38.1%8874.6%1.959.6
95Addison$338,87512.6%22.8%4566.5%4.242.7
96Lake Worth$95,00012.4%4565.2%2.8127.6


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

Sources: North Texas Real Estate Information Systems Inc. / 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 / 2014 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. Also, 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 twenty-five 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 and the community with the lowest average number of days on market for single-family homes sold during 2015 also was awarded twenty-five points. Sources: North Texas Real Estate Information Systems Inc. and U.S. Census Bureau.

Schools: 75 points

Based on the percentage of students attending schools serving in the city/town 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 2014 Uniform Crime Report.




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