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Fact-based analyses

There are numerous analyses on this site that are designed to provide insight into the factors that typically are considered when answering questions such as what are the most desirable places to live in the Dallas area. Each of these studies is based on objective, third-party data that is considered to be the most credible and statistically valid quantified measurements of the evaluation factors considered in the various analyses.

Many ranking analyses rely at least to some extent on the opinions of self-selected and anonymous reviewers and "expert insights" and "taste and knowledge" weightings. Such subjective factors have no place in the analyses on this site. Conclusions based on anecdotes are all too often misleading or just plain wrong. Another problem with the use of subjective ranking factors is that they all too often are used to manipulate analysis results in order to support a favored narrative.

Some examples of comparisons of rankings on this website to other online rankings, several of which place substantial reliance on subjective factors, are presented on the pages linked below.

Complete descriptions of how all analyses on this site are performed and the sources of data used in them are disclosed. With the exception of the best Dallas public high schools, all of the data used in the analyses is shown. The analysis methodology used in this particular analysis is described on the DFW high schools page, but due to space limitations, the Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate participation rate by subject area and SAT and ACT subject area test scores used in this analysis cannot be displayed on that page. These participation rates and test scores, of course, are available on the Texas Education Agency website from which they were sourced and, for many of the schools, on their individual profile pages, for example, Dallas ISD's School for the Talented and Gifted, the 2018 top rated high school in both the Dallas area and the State of Texas.


...whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts...


                              – John Adams


Comprehensive rankings

The best Dallas suburbs analysis on this site evaluates the livability of 118 cities and towns with populations of about 2,500 or more people located within the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington Metropolitan Statistical Area . Another analysis ranks the best school districts in DFW the academic performance of 99 independent school districts located within 80 miles or so from the center of the Dallas Fort Worth area. Additional information about each city or town and each school district included on these ranking analyses are available on these DFW cities/towns and DFW school districts pages.

Best DFW public high schools, best DFW public middle schools and best DFW public elementary rankings, all based solely on the schools' academic performances, also are provided on this site. Complete rankings of 248 DFW public high schools, 362 DFW public middle schools and 1,172 DFW public elementary schools operated by the school districts included in the best school districts in DFW analysis referenced above also are provided. Links to pages that present additional analyses can be accessed by clicking the Best places to live tab on the top navigation menu bar shown on all pages of this website.


Most current data available

When new and updated data is published by the Texas Education Agency, the U.S. Census Bureau, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, North Texas Real Estate Information Systems, Inc. and the many other third-party sources cited, it quickly is incorporated into my analyses and posted on this website. MLS listings on this site are updated about every fifteen minutes.





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