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Best Dallas Suburbs For Families

This best suburbs of Dallas for families study analyzes local school performance, public safety and community desirability of 117 DFW cities and towns to identify the 2019 top places in DFW to raise a family.

Best Dallas suburbs for families2019 top 10 Dallas suburbs for families

  1. Southlake
  2. University Park
  3. Parker
  4. Flower Mound
  5. Highland Village
  6. Fairview
  7. Trophy Club
  8. Highland Park
  9. Colleyville
  10. Prosper

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Becoming familiar with the analyses on this website can help identify the best places in the Dallas area for you to live. Acquiring the home that best meets your wants and needs, however, usually is done most efficiently with the assistance of a capable real estate agent.

As is further described in the Methodology section at the bottom of this page, this 2019 ranking is based on three principal evaluation factors. Top-rated local schools are of course fundamental to identifying the best suburbs for families with school age children. Low crime rates indicate which Dallas area towns and cities are likely the safest places in which to raise your children. Community desirability and stability was assessed based on where homebuyers are most willing to invest their money in owning a home and which DFW cities and towns already are attracting the highest percentages of school age children. Median house values and the population estimates reported in the U.S. Census Bureau 2017 American Community Survey, also shown in the table below, were not considered in compiling these rankings, and are provided for information only. Included in this best Dallas suburbs for families ranking are Dallas Fort Worth municipalities with populations of about 2,500 and more residents.

2019 best Dallas suburbs for families rankings

The table in which these top Dallas suburbs for families data is presented is searchable and sortable. If you want to sort these suburbs in alphabetical order, double click on the city/town column heading. Change Show entries to All to display complete rankings. To limit the display of information to a single city or town, enter its name in the Search box.

Note: Crime rates are offenses reported per 1,000 residents.

Sources: Texas Education Agency, U.S. Census Bureau / 2013-2017 population data, 2017 income and education data and Federal Bureau of Investigation / 2017 Offenses Known to Law Enforcement.


Three factors were selected to identify the best DFW cities and towns in which to raise a family: local school performance, crime rates and community desirability and stability. Each city and town included in this analysis was measured against seven evaluation criteria that were selected to reflect these three factors. Within each evaluation category, the top rated municipality was awarded the maximum points allocated to that category and bottom rated city or town received zero points. All other cities and towns were awarded a proportional number of points based on how their individual scores compared to the score of the top rated city or town. Scores from all seven evaluation categories for each community were added together and then divided by the total possible points to arrive at a total overall ranking score.

Crime statistics were not available for Aledo, Edgecliff Village, Everman, Glen Rose, Justin, Krum, Lucas, McLendon-Chisholm, Oak Point, Providence Village, Sansom Park, Shady Shores, Sunnyvale and Westworth Village. These communities were credited with no points for those evaluation categories and the total possible points for each of these cities and towns were adjusted accordingly.

Local public schools performance: 125 points

Based on the percentage of students residing in each city or town meeting the TEA's 2018 State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) achievement standards on reading, writing, mathematics, science and social studies subject assessments and analysis of the success of the local high schools in preparing their students for college (calculation of this academic performance index metric is described on this Dallas area high schools ranking page) and on the percentage of residents that are high school graduates. The city/town with the highest academic perfromance index was awarded one hundred points and the city/town with highest percentage of high school graduates was awarded twenty-five points.

Public safety: 50 points

Based on 2016 Annual Uniform Crime Report statistics for eight types of offenses: murder and negligent homicide, forcible rape, robbery and aggravated assault (violent crimes), and burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and larceny (property crimes). The crime statistics shown above for each community are the number of incidents reported per 1,000 residents. Twenty-five points were awarded to community with the lowest incidence of violent crimes and twenty-five points were awarded to community with the lowest incidence of property crimes.

Community desirability and stability: 75 points

Based on recent percentage of owner-occupied homes and percentage of residents under 18 years of age. The city/town with the highest percentage of owner-occupied homes was awarded fifty points and the city/town with the highest percentage of school age residents was awarded twenty-five points.


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