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Best Dallas Suburbs For Families

This best suburbs of Dallas for families study analyzes local school performance, public safety and community desirability of 116 DFW cities and towns to identify the 2017 top places in DFW to raise a family.


Best Dallas suburbs for families2017 top 10 Dallas suburbs for families

  1. Southlake
  2. University Park
  3. Flower Mound
  4. Highland Village
  5. Trophy Club
  6. Prosper
  7. Colleyville
  8. Coppell
  9. Fairview
  10. Aledo

Click on this Best Dallas suburbs for familes rankings link to jump to the list below of all 116 Dallas area cities and towns included in this analysis.

As is further described in the Methodology section at the bottom of this page, this 2017 ranking is based on three principal evaluation factors. Top-rated local schools are of course fundamental to identifying the best suburbs for families with school age children. Low crime rates indicate which Dallas area towns and cities are likely the safest places in which to raise your children. Community desirability and stability was assessed based on where homebuyers are most willing to invest their money in owning a home and which DFW cities and towns already are attracting the highest percentages of school age children. Included in this best Dallas suburbs for families ranking are Dallas Fort Worth municipalities with populations of about 2,500 and more residents.

Median home prices of previously occupied MLS-listed homes sold during 2016 and the latest available population estimates, also shown in the table below, were not considered in compiling these rankings, and are provided for information only.


Best Dallas suburbs for families rankings

The table in which these top Dallas suburbs for families data is presented is searchable and sortable. If you want to sort these suburbs in alphabetical order, double click on the cities/towns column heading. Change Show entries to All to display complete rankings. To limit the display of information to a single city or town, enter its name in the Search box.

local schoolssafetystability/desirability
rankcity/townSTAAR
scores above
achievement
standard
college
readiness
index
high school
4 years
graduation
violent
crime
property
crime
residences
owner-occupied
residents
under
age 18
2016
median
house price
2016
population
1Southlake96.6%57.799.1%0.311.992.4%32.6%$650,00030,991
2University Park96.6%68.398.1%0.111.675.9%30.3%$1,340,00024,905
3Flower Mound92.8%47.998.1%0.57.189.3%29.4%$350,00073,547
4Highland Village92.2%47.698.1%0.97.895.3%26.2%$359,50016,624
5Trophy Club91.4%45.796.6%0.23.492.7%29.6%$420,00012,166
6Prosper90.0%38.398.5%0.610.077.3%36.5%$415,00018,379
7Colleyville90.1%48.197.5%0.55.195.9%24.5%$520,00026,152
8Coppell90.2%54.597.6%0.611.971.3%27.8%$399,80041,360
9Fairview92.8%51.399.1%0.55.982.0%18.8%$402,8008,354
10Aledo90.9%39.398.2%95.3%35.1%$344,8003,761
11Double Oak91.1%39.897.8%0.05.596.8%24.7%$526,3003,082
12Lucas92.9%44.397.9%85.5%32.3%$590,0007,211
13Argyle91.2%39.297.7%0.07.095.6%25.4%$384,9004,006
14Keller91.1%39.497.9%0.57.384.0%29.5%$376,00046,646
15Allen92.5%41.797.3%0.810.876.8%30.3%$295,00099,179
16Parker86.0%39.796.0%0.28.498.2%32.1%$577,5004,420
17Murphy90.5%36.395.9%0.86.094.2%31.9%$351,90020,482
18Frisco90.7%40.797.5%0.915.674.8%32.5%$365,000163,656
19Heath87.3%35.098.4%0.26.898.1%26.0%$490,0008,440
20Celina89.0%32.999.2%1.48.778.5%32.7%$317,0008,006
21Highland Park92.9%51.093.3%0.219.781.7%26.5%$1,600,0009,149
22Melissa90.2%22.497.1%0.86.489.5%33.8%$244,0008,423
23Willow Park86.7%29.898.4%0.810.3100.0%25.6%$235,0005,146
24Lantana90.1%32.097.5%90.7%35.0%$365,00010,787
25Sunnyvale89.0%32.5100.0%95.4%28.1%$398,0006,194
26Wylie87.9%28.996.9%0.97.684.5%30.9%$230,00047,701
27McKinney87.7%39.397.6%1.616.468.7%30.4%$285,000172,298
28Rockwall87.0%36.598.4%1.117.174.0%28.2%$256,40043,586
29Grapevine87.5%50.897.4%1.421.057.9%25.2%$315,00051,971
30Corinth83.9%29.397.4%1.39.884.0%29.8%$234,00021,078
31Forney85.1%22.597.0%1.314.586.2%33.9%$204,90019,122
32Plano87.1%44.397.2%1.518.063.1%24.6%$310,000286,057
33Lavon75.6%21.497.2%7.090.7%36.4%$211,0003,077
34Aubrey82.6%21.497.7%0.015.489.2%28.9%$209,0003,383
35Crandall78.9%23.198.9%0.920.191.0%30.0%$166,5003,329
36Fate84.1%28.797.5%91.9%33.7%$229,00010,703
37Little Elm81.6%33.692.5%1.06.080.3%33.9%$240,00042,504
38Mansfield84.5%29.894.9%0.915.379.0%29.6%$241,00065,631
39Hickory Creek82.8%26.697.2%1.215.295.1%21.5%$295,0004,222
40Midlothian85.1%29.093.8%1.112.774.9%29.8%$235,10023,689
41Providence Village81.5%20.697.2%100.0%35.6%$202,0006,946
42Sachse81.1%26.294.4%0.611.286.5%28.1%$246,30025,039
43Hurst87.5%38.397.4%2.642.865.6%23.8%$190,00039,160
44Anna77.9%17.896.4%1.110.181.0%33.1%$190,00011,940
45Burleson81.6%27.795.9%1.620.472.1%30.3%$182,00045,016
46Roanoke88.5%43.094.6%2.228.857.9%23.8%$294,0007,804
47Saginaw79.3%25.196.6%1.819.377.7%30.2%$165,00022,526
48Northlake80.8%42.692.7%3.132.693.6%27.1%$392,3002,397
49Royse City79.8%20.594.8%1.79.974.3%34.6%$183,50012,093
50Ovilla81.4%21.293.3%1.47.494.0%28.7%$293,0003,973
51Euless85.7%31.298.4%1.420.243.1%24.1%$211,00054,769
52Richardson83.2%42.493.8%1.520.060.4%21.9%$270,000113,347
53Weatherford77.6%26.398.9%1.621.961.5%25.8%$192,80029,969
54Bedford86.7%31.298.4%2.824.156.7%19.2%$226,00049,528
55Rowlett75.1%29.895.3%1.914.886.0%25.1%$219,90061,999
56Sanger78.5%21.296.5%1.916.264.4%31.0%$173,0007,991
57Joshua79.1%20.697.4%3.613.175.3%28.7%$169,3006,846
58North Richland Hills83.6%29.895.1%1.823.163.2%24.1%$207,00069,798
59Ferris66.6%15.696.8%1.223.497.9%33.3%$149,5002,573
60Watauga80.3%23.093.3%1.422.778.0%28.9%$145,00024,629
61Justin81.5%30.294.7%97.2%25.7%$219,5003,710
62Lake Dallas82.8%26.697.2%4.914.761.4%25.4%$202,0007,881
63The Colony76.4%28.095.9%1.711.963.5%23.7%$228,50042,408
64Blue Mound81.7%23.294.6%96.0%29.1%$100,1802,497
65Kennedale79.7%25.596.5%2.322.470.2%21.4%$230,0007,840
66Cedar Hill70.7%30.195.4%1.929.371.5%29.9%$164,90048,343
67Waxahachie79.4%22.195.8%1.526.156.1%28.1%$191,20034,345
68Carrollton77.0%27.295.7%1.522.061.6%24.4%$245,000133,351
69Decatur79.7%18.299.0%2.347.556.5%28.4%$201,0006,648
70Kaufman73.2%20.898.7%2.121.351.1%28.9%$151,5007,181
71Irving73.4%37.096.5%2.025.538.7%27.0%$215,000238,289
72Farmersville78.2%16.896.3%2.020.593.7%18.0%$170,0003,408
73Crowley72.3%19.496.2%2.322.171.3%30.1%$155,00014,969
74Princeton78.7%11.894.9%2.711.768.5%31.5%$187,0009,405
75Shady Shores79.5%23.697.2%89.0%24.4%$350,0002,866
76Keene80.8%22.794.4%2.813.949.6%29.1%$135,0006,293
77Denton80.9%26.196.7%2.324.048.5%20.4%$211,000133,808
78Red Oak73.9%18.495.1%1.027.769.6%27.7%$190,00012,522
79Wilmer56.9%26.495.4%0.819.878.7%31.5%$106,3004,018
80Alvarado65.2%18.297.1%2.823.995.6%25.2%$144,5003,993
81Grand Prairie74.6%30.391.9%2.521.861.7%28.8%$189,000190,682
82Springtown76.5%14.195.4%5.015.889.3%24.2%$165,0002,870
83Richland Hills75.5%25.494.3%1.225.966.8%18.8%$137,5008,121
84River Oaks70.1%11.694.2%0.522.470.6%29.6%$97,0007,740
85Westworth Village76.2%39.790.0%1.973.885.4%23.9%$135,0002,722
86White Settlement78.0%22.494.8%2.524.250.1%24.2%$97,20017,204
87Pantego81.5%26.490.2%3.249.495.9%21.8%$210,0002,544
88Cockrell Hill67.3%27.790.5%4.623.186.8%34.4%$139,0004,280
89Lewisville77.7%21.394.5%2.322.844.6%26.5%$235,000104,659
90Cleburne72.4%22.495.3%3.330.759.9%27.7%$140,00030,223
91Benbrook69.6%37.989.8%1.221.168.7%21.2%$190,00022,948
92Glenn Heights67.5%21.293.3%3.518.770.9%30.1%$158,00012,336
93Garland74.3%21.692.3%3.031.563.9%28.6%$170,000234,943
94Sansom Park67.8%13.994.8%5.128.291.3%29.9%$89,5004,872
95Seagoville68.9%26.091.4%1.433.070.4%26.7%$125,00016,093
96Venus73.3%20.689.8%1.89.188.3%19.5%$142,5003,444
97Azle77.0%18.093.8%2.329.266.0%20.2%$175,00012,064
98Greenville74.7%18.096.3%4.234.153.7%25.8%$137,00027,172
99Haltom City73.4%26.091.5%2.930.655.9%27.9%$125,50044,361
100Everman72.0%16.592.5%3.627.070.5%29.6%$102,3006,374
101Mesquite72.2%20.293.7%3.340.758.8%29.7%$145,000143,736
102Ennis74.3%15.593.8%2.833.753.4%29.3%$138,00019,221
103Hutchins56.9%26.495.4%1.829.977.4%22.9%$77,5005,639
104Lancaster68.4%22.294.2%4.940.865.4%30.7%$139,00038,867
105Farmers Branch66.8%26.091.7%1.523.759.1%23.6%$213,80034,988
106Oak Point77.8%20.891.7%89.7%23.4%$204,5003,763
107Arlington74.3%27.490.0%5.034.456.7%26.7%$177,000392,772
108Granbury74.6%20.896.3%2.059.938.1%19.2%$209,0009,755
109Terrell73.2%17.495.5%6.337.252.4%25.5%$140,00017,329
110Duncanville67.4%19.991.0%4.130.567.4%26.8%$149,00039,457
111Lake Worth65.2%16.195.4%3.2111.794.5%22.5%$125,0004,871
112Forest Hill66.4%21.383.7%2.233.373.6%32.1%$105,00012,947
113Edgecliff Village62.7%23.993.3%92.8%23.0%$159,7003,006
114DeSoto63.5%18.989.6%3.227.664.8%25.0%$166,00052,599
115Balch Springs68.5%21.185.7%9.843.056.3%38.0%$120,00025,017
116Addison66.5%34.587.8%4.047.122.8%14.1%$368,50015,518


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

Sources: North Texas Real Estate Information Systems Inc., Texas Education Agency, U.S. Census Bureau / 2010 - 2016 population data, 2015 income and education data and Federal Bureau of Investigation / 2015 offenses known to law enforcement.

Methodology

Three factors were selected to identify the best DFW cities and towns in which to raise a family: local school performance, crime rates and community desirability and stability. Each city and town included in this analysis was measured against seven evaluation criteria that were selected to reflect these three factors. Within each evaluation category, the top rated municipality 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 seven 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 Aledo, Edgecliff Village, Fate, Justin, Lantana, Lucas, Oak Point, Providence Village, Shady Shores and Sunnyvale. 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.

Schools: 100 points

Based on the percentage of students residing in each city or town meeting the TEA's 2016 State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) achievement standards on reading, writing, mathematics, science and social studies subject assessments; analysis of the success of the local high schools in preparing their students for college (described on this Dallas area high schools ranking page); and the percentage of students completing high school in four years. Each of these metrics was weighted equally.

Safety: 50 points

Based on 2015 Annual Uniform Crime Report 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. 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.

Community desirability and stability: 50 points

Based on recent percentage of owner-occupied homes and percentage of residents under 18 years of age. The cities or towns with the highest percentage of owner-occupied homes and the highest percentage of school age residents were each awarded twenty-five points.




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