Spring is here, which means it's home shopping season, and this might help narrow down your search.
Real estate review site Niche compiled information from its users and data from the U.S. Census Bureau to grade neighborhoods and suburbs on factors including quality of schools, crime rates, housing trends, job market, amenities, and more. After all that calculating, three Houston suburbs — Greatwood, Cinco Ranch, and New Territory — were named among the 10 best places in all of Texas to live for 2019.
Coming in at No. 6, Greatwood gets an overall A-plus rating from Niche. The suburb (population 12,437) scores mostly As (public schools, housing, being good for families, jobs, diversity, and health and fitness); some Bs (in cost of living, outdoor activities, nightlife, and weather); and one C (commute). The suburb's median home value is $322,000, median rent is $2,000, and median household income is $148,047.
Greatwood also earns the title of best suburb to live in Texas and America's 99th best place to live. "Living in Greatwood offers residents a suburban feel, and most residents own their homes," Niche says. "Many families live in Greatwood, and residents tend to have moderate political views."
Cinco Ranch, No. 8, scores As for its public schools, housing, being good for families, jobs, diversity, and health and fitness, and Bs for cost of living, outdoor activities, nightlife, weather, and commute. It ranks as Texas' second best suburb to call home, and nationwide, it's the 105th best place to live.
Like Greatwood, Cinco Ranch offers a "suburban feel, and most residents own their homes ... and have moderate political views," Niche says. Its median home value and household income are similar to Greatwood, at $329,400 and $141,992, respectively.
At No. 10 is New Territory, which scores mostly As (for for its public schools, housing, being good for families, jobs, diversity, and health and fitness) and Bs (for cost of living, outdoor activities, nightlife, weather, and commute).
This suburb is home to many young professionals, and residents tend to lean liberal, Niche says. The median home value is an affordable $276,800, the median rent is $1,554, and the median household income is $135,444. New Territory also ranks as the 125th best place to live in America.
The title of best place to live in Texas goes to the sought-after San Antonio neighborhood of Terrell Hills. The rest of Texas' top 10 list includes five Dallas-Fort Worth neighborhoods: Timberbrook in Plano (No. 2), Preston Highlands in Dallas (No. 3), Richardson's Canyon Creek South (No. 4), Richardson's Clear Spring Place (No. 5), and Richardson's Canyon Creek North (No. 9). Austin has one shining spot with the Triangle neighborhood at No. 7.