Best Cities

Mansfield ranked No. 9 in a list of best cities for young families compiled by Apartment List (Photo courtesy City of Mansfield).

By Angelina Bader
Apartment List 

If you are looking for a family-friendly city to relocate to, look no further, since Apartment List has recently published a new ranking of the best cities for young families. So, finding a city where your family will thrive just got a little easier.

Fishers, Indiana, is in the first place overall out of 554 cities that are ranked in the study. Otherwise, the state of Texas dominates the Top 10, with the exception of San Ramon, California, which placed as #3. Santa Cruz, California, is last out of 552 cities, with an F as its overall grade, with the numbers not looking too promising. As of 2017, Santa Cruz had 6,284 crimes per 100,000 residence.

Photo courtesy Town of Flower Mound

Texas cities took four out of ten top spots in the ratings. Flower Mound, Cedar Park, League City, and Mansfield ranked #4, #7, #8, and #9 respectively, receiving A+ grades for family-friendliness. All of these towns are located not far from large Texas metropolitan areas — Houston, Dallas, and Austin. So, while your youngster is learning his numbers and ABC’s, you’ll be just a short drive away from career opportunities and booming tech hubs. (more…)

Frisco was named the best city for raising a family, closely followed by Allen, and Southlake as part of a new 2018 “best Texas cities” list, ranking the best and worst Texas cities for families. Wallethub, a D.C.-based personal finance site, compiled the new June 2018 report that ranked the 117 largest cities in Texas based on family life, fun, education, health and safety, affordability and socioeconomic environment.

What makes a city good for raising a family? Plenty of attractions such as museums and theaters, a quality school system, high graduation rates, number of playgrounds per 100,000 residents and a whole lot of pediatricians were all factors that Wallethub took into account when it named the best Texas cities for families.

While the weighted scores and rankings provide a holistic view of cities, a look at the raw data we requested provides some interesting headlines as well. Missing from the list is Highland Park, which did not rank among the largest cities in Wallethub’s data.

Eagles vs. Dragons

Turning to education, Allen had the number one highest graduation rate in Texas – 96.6 percent, according to Wallethub’s data. Frisco, the overall number one, has a 91.8 percent graduation rate, and Southlake, overall number three on the list, had a 87.3 percent graduation rate, according to Wallethub. (more…)

arlington home sales

The property at 1404 Millbrook Dr. in Arlington is one of many on the market now, and homes in that market are fast appreciating.

It’s not just Dallas and northern suburbs where homes are notably appreciating and sales are “fly-off-the-market” fast. Arlington, Grand Prairie, and Mansfield showed substantial increases last month in both home prices and sales, according to a new report from the Arlington Board of Realtors.

Arlington home sales increased 9 percent, Grand Prairie’s increased 9 percent, and Mansfield home sales increase a whopping 36 percent in March 2016. Home prices increased in all markets, as well.

“We continue to be in a strong real estate market, as the numbers show,” said Tim Beary, 2016 Chairman of the Arlington Board of Realtors.

The numbers for homes sold, median price, monthly housing inventory, average number of days on the market, and active home listings were all notable in these three DFW markets.

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Be prepared for the loud cheering that will come from every car departing carpool lanes on Aug. 26 as parents throughout North Texas celebrate the first day of school. No more hearing “I’m bored!” every five seconds! No more shuttling to camps! No more packing and unpacking trunks! And of course, think of all you’ll get done during the day without a kid dragging their feet behind you!

And even though you have boxes of No. 2 pencils, Kleenex, and construction paper, no kid is really ready for school without a quiet place to do the mountains of homework they’ll be bringing home.

With the help of the kind folks Ebby Halliday Realtors for these five great built-in study nooks!

1) 603 Courtney Lane in McKinney

603 Courtney Desk

2) 435 Crestover Circle in Richardson

435 Crestover Desk

3) 3821 Purdue Street in University Park

3821 Purdue Desk

4) 5909 Genoa Court in Plano

5909 Genoa Desk

5) 1116 Danbury Drive in Mansfield

1116 Danbury Desk