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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 2018 top places in DFW to raise a family.

Best Dallas suburbs for families2018 top 10 Dallas suburbs for families

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

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Becoming familiar with the analyses on this website can help identify the best places in the Dallas area for you to live. Acquiring the home that best meets your wants and needs, however, usually is done most efficiently with the assistance of a capable real estate agent.



As is further described in the Methodology section at the bottom of this page, this 2018 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. Median home prices of previously occupied MLS-listed homes sold during 2017 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. Included in this best Dallas suburbs for families ranking are Dallas Fort Worth municipalities with populations of about 2,500 and more residents.


2018 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
2017
median
house price
2017
population
1Southlake96.6%57.098.7%0.612.992.9%32.7%$700,00030,991
2University Park96.8%66.597.2%0.612.179.0%30.0%$1,319,50024,905
3Highland Park93.6%63.296.2%0.521.484.5%27.7%$1,621,8009,149
4Highland Village92.7%46.499.1%0.56.794.5%26.4%$367,10016,624
5Lucas92.7%49.598.5%86.8%32.6%$619,0007,211
6Flower Mound93.1%46.299.2%0.58.386.4%28.8%$365,00073,547
7Colleyville90.1%47.398.2%0.25.795.7%24.7%$552,00026,152
8Trophy Club91.4%45.595.7%0.96.392.7%28.1%$418,50012,166
9Prosper90.4%37.598.7%0.612.980.7%36.0%$427,00018,379
10Coppell90.4%51.299.5%0.612.470.5%27.5%$422,00041,360
11Keller92.0%40.198.4%0.65.683.3%28.9%$392,50046,646
12Double Oak91.9%40.299.0%4.295.0%22.0%$557,5003,082
13Fairview92.3%49.698.5%0.26.175.4%22.2%$420,0008,354
14Murphy91.1%36.396.3%0.37.288.1%31.0%$375,00020,482
15Frisco90.9%41.997.8%0.814.774.8%32.1%$380,000163,656
16Allen92.3%40.497.8%0.811.375.0%30.0%$315,00099,179
17Argyle91.1%39.799.3%0.75.290.0%23.0%$441,0004,006
18Lantana90.5%34.098.9%92.6%35.2%$385,000
19Heath87.4%36.498.3%0.85.697.1%26.3%$504,5008,440
20Parker86.3%38.895.6%1.14.994.1%29.2%$600,0004,420
21Celina90.9%32.898.5%1.67.283.4%31.1%$339,5008,006
22Willow Park90.4%35.698.0%0.48.290.6%23.0%$255,0005,146
23Aledo89.8%36.997.4%82.5%34.2%$381,0003,761
24Wylie89.5%30.298.3%1.08.679.4%31.8%$247,70047,701
25Melissa90.5%20.999.2%0.910.388.6%33.3%$249,0008,423
26McKinney87.0%39.998.6%1.413.167.7%29.9%$305,000172,298
27Sunnyvale91.2%36.098.1%97.0%24.5%$435,0006,194
28Rockwall87.1%37.497.8%0.918.473.6%27.0%$280,00043,586
29Grapevine87.5%50.198.2%1.724.057.2%25.0%$341,00051,971
30Ovilla80.5%23.897.1%7.994.9%30.1%$341,0003,973
31Roanoke88.2%45.595.7%1.018.960.9%23.7%$346,5007,804
32Forney84.0%25.097.4%1.216.883.3%34.0%$220,00019,122
33Plano86.6%44.797.7%1.419.061.8%24.1%$337,400286,057
34Corinth84.4%30.398.7%1.78.982.0%27.4%$252,00021,078
35Mansfield85.1%29.796.1%1.011.875.9%29.5%$264,00065,631
36Fate82.4%27.996.1%96.3%34.8%$245,20010,703
37Sachse82.0%27.696.6%0.512.784.8%26.9%$268,00025,039
38Lavon75.8%20.395.9%0.34.384.5%35.6%$235,0003,077
39Little Elm81.7%27.593.3%1.09.675.3%32.4%$260,00042,504
40Midlothian84.5%28.292.1%1.412.473.7%29.6%$255,00023,689
41Burleson81.3%28.797.3%1.918.772.0%30.1%$202,00045,016
42Watauga81.9%27.296.1%1.917.276.8%28.3%$165,00024,629
43Hickory Creek81.9%26.598.4%0.717.785.0%20.4%$281,5004,222
44Aubrey82.5%23.797.3%2.35.774.6%27.3%$228,0003,383
45Anna75.7%17.496.3%0.711.074.9%35.4%$205,00011,940
46Hurst88.3%38.798.0%2.441.464.2%23.2%$215,00039,160
47Rowlett75.7%31.195.2%1.515.086.1%25.4%$236,80061,999
48Royse City78.8%22.494.3%1.410.172.5%32.3%$213,50012,093
49Richardson83.3%41.293.2%1.421.859.6%22.1%$295,000113,347
50Saginaw79.9%26.496.1%1.721.174.8%29.5%$180,00022,526
51Euless85.2%38.698.2%2.022.243.1%24.2%$225,00054,769
52North Richland Hills84.1%31.096.8%1.819.562.1%24.1%$231,10069,798
53Providence Village82.1%21.596.8%76.3%36.3%$225,0006,946
54Lake Dallas81.9%26.598.4%3.09.368.8%25.0%$220,0007,881
55Weatherford80.1%29.498.6%1.820.956.9%27.2%$225,30029,969
56Sanger78.1%22.297.5%1.314.364.9%27.8%$195,5007,991
57Bedford86.4%33.098.0%2.621.656.7%19.5%$240,00049,528
58The Colony76.6%29.898.0%1.511.260.2%23.0%$243,50042,408
59Carrollton76.9%31.596.0%1.619.560.3%24.6%$270,000133,351
60Kennedale78.5%25.394.7%1.519.672.3%24.7%$240,0007,840
61Joshua79.1%22.095.9%4.311.378.2%29.8%$205,0006,846
62Crandall76.2%22.999.5%3.911.882.1%26.3%$198,0003,329
63Justin80.8%29.194.9%79.0%27.9%$250,0003,710
64Princeton79.4%18.795.3%2.019.964.4%31.6%$206,0009,405
65Lewisville78.3%34.497.8%2.024.243.1%26.2%$255,000104,659
66Blue Mound80.2%24.495.4%79.9%29.9%$119,0002,497
67Shady Shores79.8%24.097.6%88.2%25.0%$356,0002,866
68Crowley70.5%21.894.7%1.021.170.8%30.4%$179,00014,969
69Decatur79.5%25.396.9%2.043.253.9%30.9%$237,0006,648
70Waxahachie78.5%23.695.0%1.525.654.9%27.9%$205,00034,345
71Northlake80.7%40.991.5%2.624.527.5%27.6%$350,8002,397
72Denton81.5%31.697.5%2.622.647.2%20.5%$232,000133,808
73Kaufman73.1%29.198.1%2.121.352.2%26.1%$175,0007,181
74Irving72.9%36.197.1%2.227.037.2%27.1%$235,000238,289
75Azle78.3%19.596.1%1.427.968.0%22.4%$185,00012,064
76Keene80.1%24.397.0%4.215.545.3%27.9%$152,0006,293
77Grand Prairie73.8%29.491.2%3.123.862.6%28.8%$210,000190,682
78Cedar Hill72.6%24.691.6%2.431.370.4%30.2%$189,00048,343
79Red Oak72.4%18.796.3%1.931.168.7%29.2%$210,50012,522
80Springtown74.9%16.197.4%1.418.360.6%24.4%$218,0002,870
81Richland Hills76.1%28.996.4%2.331.466.0%19.2%$157,8008,121
82Everman73.0%17.596.0%3.430.277.4%29.8%$125,0006,374
83Seagoville68.3%25.590.5%1.129.069.5%27.5%$147,00016,093
84White Settlement76.5%23.794.6%1.725.146.3%25.5%$131,70017,204
85Haltom City73.2%26.691.3%2.623.854.0%28.7%$149,80044,361
86River Oaks68.0%17.196.7%1.716.262.3%27.7%$129,0007,740
87Garland74.9%23.993.1%3.232.161.9%28.3%$190,500234,943
88Glenn Heights67.0%23.897.1%3.923.966.9%30.3%$180,00012,336
89Venus71.4%18.989.4%1.58.681.8%20.0%$162,5003,444
90Cleburne72.9%21.795.3%2.925.458.4%26.6%$148,00030,223
91Oak Point77.9%22.093.1%92.4%21.7%$262,0003,763
92Farmersville78.7%21.594.2%2.616.453.7%18.5%$233,0003,408
93Ferris65.2%13.595.5%3.121.268.5%33.1%$159,5002,573
94Pantego81.5%27.789.5%3.249.472.1%18.5%$215,0002,544
95Westworth Village77.9%36.793.1%2.280.450.3%24.0%$148,0002,722
96Sansom Park67.0%17.197.1%5.128.271.2%33.2%$102,8004,872
97Ennis73.7%18.993.9%3.527.553.0%28.9%$160,00019,221
98Farmers Branch68.2%26.991.8%1.626.155.4%23.1%$245,00034,988
99Lancaster71.0%21.398.2%5.732.160.7%31.2%$160,00038,867
100Mesquite71.2%22.193.5%4.138.057.3%29.2%$168,000143,736
101Greenville75.6%14.298.2%4.830.152.6%26.0%$150,50027,172
102Forest Hill67.1%21.586.7%4.632.972.8%33.2%$125,00012,947
103Arlington74.9%27.590.1%5.631.555.5%26.1%$195,700392,772
104Balch Springs68.5%22.987.3%5.734.957.7%37.5%$135,00025,017
105Cockrell Hill66.5%27.792.1%7.124.951.9%34.5%$134,5004,280
106Granbury74.2%21.496.0%1.548.148.6%17.9%$235,0009,755
107Alvarado62.8%14.397.9%2.528.857.7%26.4%$171,0003,993
108Duncanville65.9%21.892.7%5.131.265.1%27.0%$168,00039,457
109Wilmer55.3%26.690.1%2.527.449.5%30.5%$99,0004,018
110DeSoto62.7%23.489.6%3.331.561.4%25.8%$193,00052,599
111Edgecliff Village63.6%23.790.7%84.4%24.0%$172,5003,006
112Terrell72.9%22.595.5%6.048.947.3%25.0%$158,50017,329
113Hutchins55.3%26.690.1%4.032.965.7%20.4%$112,5005,639
114Lake Worth64.7%17.197.5%3.192.667.7%23.5%$135,0004,871
115Benbrook67.7%22.958.3%1.620.068.0%20.8%$200,00022,948
116Addison67.3%33.586.9%6.352.320.2%13.6%$373,00015,368


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 / 2016 population data, 2016 income and education data and Federal Bureau of Investigation / 2016 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 2016 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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