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…)

Real Estate Story


For people looking to Internet rankings when searching for their next place to live, 24/7 Wall St. produces some solid information. As opposed to some list-makers, they actually do real research with scientific data and come up with interesting findings.

They recently reviewed data on the 550 American cities with populations of 65,000 or more (measured by the U.S. Census Bureau). They looked at a range of variables, including crime rates, employment growth, access to restaurants/attractions, educational attainment, and housing affordability, and they identified America’s 50 Best Cities to Live.

Two Texas cities made the 24/7 Wall St. list, and both are in DFW. In the top five, Richardson, and in the top ten, North Richland Hills. Intrigued? So were we. Read on to see why they chose these two places for their list.


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We drove out to Sachse last night to barbecue and watch fireworks with my cousin and his family. It was so delightful to get away from the city for the evening and enjoy a little small town patriotism. The weather was perfect to pull up a chair in their front yard and watch the fireworks after filling our bellies.

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The only way it would have been the quintessential July Fourth experience (to me, at least) was if we had watched the fireworks while bobbing in the pool, with an outdoor kitchen close at hand to refresh our drinks. Really, so many homes have great outdoor spaces that when it comes to celebrating, you never need to go inside save for a trip to the lavatory.

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That’s what makes this North Richland Hills home so great. It’s out of the way but not too far in the fabulous Forrest Glen West subdivision, with three bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths, and more than 3,200 square feet. Outside you’ll find a three-car garage, a saltwater pool, and a great pergola and outdoor kitchen for hosting your Fourth of July bash!

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This great traditional at 7929 Green Valley Drive is listed for a recently reduced $394,000 (down from $400,000) by Marcy Barkenmeyer of Keller Williams Realty. Built in 2004, the interiors are pristine and ready for a family to make it their own!

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The kitchen is great for entertaining with double ovens and a breakfast bar. And the family room is spacious and looks out to the huge backyard. You have formals and a study in this home, with a main-floor master suite and plenty of room for kids to stake their claim. Speaking of kids, the schools in North Richland Hills are excellent.

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But really, let’s talk about all the entertaining you’ll do in this huge, lovely backyard. There’s plenty of lawn for ladder toss, playing catch, or throwing a football around. There’s a lovely little saltwater pool and a huge patio, as well as a good-sized loggia and a pergola that covers your outdoor kitchen where you can grill burgers and dogs until dark!

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Wouldn’t you love to watch the fireworks from here?