If you’re looking to move your small family somewhere new, you might want to consider Texas. Nerd Wallet just released their list of best cities in the U.S. for small families, and six of the top 10 are in Texas. The number one spot went to Wylie, Texas, a city of 44,000 that sits about 30 miles outside of Dallas.
Wylie is the perfect spot for small families for a number of reasons. For one, it’s an affordable place to live with an average home value of $154,600. The schools in Wylie have a 9 out of 10 rating, making it a great place to raise young kids. Additionally, the city sits between Lavon Lake and Lake Ray Hubbard meaning lots of opportunities to spend time on the water.
To come up with the top 10 cities, Nerd Wallet took data from the U.S. Census Bureau, GreatSchools and NeighborhoodScout. They looked at 245 different cities with populations between 25,000 and 100,000. “Our analysis considers factors such as home value and affordability, median annual income, growth and factors that families consider including school quality and crime,” Nerd Wallet explains.
Top 10 Best Cities for Small Families:
- Wylie, Texas
- Spring Hill, Tenn.
- Leander, Texas
- Bentonville, Ark.
- Carmel, Ind.
- Pearland, Texas
- League City, Texas
- Allen, Texas
- Little Elm, Texas
- Wildwood, Mo.
Dallas, Houston and Austin suburbs all made the list. So, why all the Texas towns? According to Nerd Wallet’s research, Texas didn’t take the economic hit that other parts of the country did during the recession. The state has also seen a real estate boom recently and has an abundance of affordable housing.